SSS Learning up for two Education Resources Awards

Safeguarding specialist SSS Learning has been nominated for two Education Resources Awards; within the categories of Supplier of the Year and Primary Resource or Equipment (Tools for leadership, management and assessment including ICT). With over 175,000 individual users and growing daily, the SSS service is helping schools and academies with Safeguarding requirements right across the UK. Finalists list here.

SSS Safeguarding Director, Sam Preston, said: “We are delighted to be up for two prestigious industry awards. This comes on the back of yet another strong year which has seen the company develop six critical new courses, taking our Safeguarding Suite from 8 to 14 courses.”

Organised by Brilliant Marketing Solutions and The British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA), The Education Resources Awards (ERA) are now in their 19th successful year and highlight and reward the quality and diversity of educational products, resources, services and people as well as the best educational establishments and the most dedicated members of the teaching profession. The ERA’s aims to encourage the raising of educational services & product standards throughout the industry and is recognised throughout the sector as the Accolade of excellence.

In the past 12 months, Sam and her team have developed new CPD-accredited training courses to help schools and academies get to grips with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR); Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL); Designated Safeguarding Lead Refresher; Honour Based Violence, Forced Marriage and Health & Safety.

SSS Learning’s suite of high quality, CPD accredited online safeguarding courses have been specifically developed by a team of digital developers and safeguarding specialists to meet the needs of today’s busy schools and academies; providing individualised CPD accredited learning, progress monitoring and assessment for all staff, governors and volunteers at a fraction of the cost and potential inconvenience of face-to-face training.

Jon Case, CEO of SSS Learning said: “It is absolutely fantastic that e-learning resources such as SSS’ are being recognised by top schemes like the ERAs. As educators, the pedagogical benefits of online learning are clear. SSS Learning draws upon the latest web technologies, creative animation and video to engage teachers in the training courses and support their different learning styles.”

Why e-Learning should be the obvious choice for safeguarding training, but is often overlooked…

E-Learning should be the clear number 1 choice when considering staff safeguarding training and compliance with requirements. On every level it makes total sense, whether it’s cost or effectiveness of learning.

With training updated as requirements change and courses accessible 24/7/365 on any PC, Mac, Tablet or Smartphone, why would you look anywhere other than the e-Learning sector?

The answer is simple – there is e-Learning and then there’s e-Learning, and here’s the big issue and where the doubt creeps in. How can you tell the difference between one company’s service and the next, and be sure you comply with requirements?

These are the fear factors which lead schools/academies to rely on external trainers, cascaded training or sending staff out on training courses. But we know these traditional methods are problematic. How can you be sure external training meets latest standards? The expertise is often lost in cascaded training, often diluted through the process of delivery, and offers little scope for differentiation to meet the participants needs. Change is sometimes hard to face, even if it will make things better again both in terms of cost and effectiveness of learning!

So here are some tips:

  1. Always ask your potential supplier to take you step-by-step through their system. Is it complex in terms of setup and administration? It shouldn’t be!
  2. Take a look at the quality and sophistication of the presentation. If it doesn’t engage you, it won’t engage your staff!
  3. Make sure you get access to the whole system for as long as you need, don’t be guided just to what companies want to show you (their best bits).
  4. Ask how often the content is updated and how you will know if there have been changes. The best systems offer immediate updates as legislation, statutory guidance and inspection requirements change.
  5. Remember, poorly designed and overly complex system architecture and content often leaves users disappointed, disillusioned and most importantly, inadequately trained. This problem starts with the system interface and user account setup but is an unnecessary issue as good system design can overcome this problem and help, not hinder the user.
  6. Next, the user needs to be fully engaged with the particular training course. This can only be achieved by gathering content from key experienced practitioners from the education sector combined with engaging written content and digital media that only the best providers achieve effectively.
  7. Does the content offer a solution that all your staff, regardless of their ability level, experience and language requirements, will understand?
  8. Engagement is everything. The last thing users want to see is static content that they could have produced themselves. Engaged learners learn and poor content and system design will disengage the user in seconds!

In a recent piece of feedback regarding our Safeguarding Suite, one of our customers emailed simply:

“Thank you for making my job easier.”

I loved it. There really is no better place to be than that. We have a great product that is protecting children and making practitioners’ lives easier and less stressful.

At SSS we pride ourselves on providing a service to our customers, who can be safe in the knowledge that we are looking after the training that they are required to complete.

This is what great e-learning can deliver.

SSS Learning earns BESA trade association seal of approval

SSS Learning’s safeguarding services and expertise have received a new industry accolade – approval from the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA), the trade association for the world’s leading educational suppliers.

Working with over 100,000 frontline professionals to safeguard children and young people, SSS Learning meets the stringent business criteria and BESA Code of Practice to ensure that school and academy buyers have complete confidence in the goods and services they purchase.

In a time of budget uncertainty across the public sector, it is vital that schools and academies are working with assured suppliers. BESA represents members from across the UK educational suppliers sector, including manufacturers and distributors of equipment, materials, books, consumables, furniture, ICT hardware and EdTech to the education market.

Jon Case, CEO of SSS Learning said: “As an organisation serving the education sector, we deliver upon the core business principles of safety, reliability and value for money. Becoming a BESA member provides added security and peace of mind to customers and will enable us to broaden our services to help teachers protect many thousands more children and young people from abuse and neglect.”

SSS Learning delivers high quality, individual online safeguarding training covering a broad spectrum of issues, from child protection and child sexual exploitation (CSE), to Prevent Duty (radicalisation and extremism) and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). For more information, please visit www.ssscpd.co.uk/education. You can also follow the SSS Learning community on Twitter and Facebook.

Hello from the new home of safeguarding

UK teachers are now being trained individually online how to identify those at risk or suffering from Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and protect Britain’s young girls from extreme child abuse.

Developed by SSS Learning as a ‘much needed’ catalyst for change in safeguarding training the hour-long course is fully CPD-accredited and certifies individual educators, replacing ‘often insufficient’ traditional group training methods.

“Performed both in the UK and abroad on girls as young as three years old, FGM is a complex, cross-cultural issue which requires a thorough understanding of its origins, forms and how to efficiently identify those at risk” says SSS Learning Director Sam Preston.

As a former local authority child protection expert, Sam feels, when planning training it is vital “to consider that members of staff in all likelihood will have varied levels of understanding of the topic which may also include knowledge which is not evidence based, making individual assessment critical to ensure that the desired learning outcomes are properly understood.”

Historically, most training is delivered by INSET sessions on-site which is problematic. It relies on the provider having the specialist area skillset which may not be setting or inspection requirement specific, learning is not fully evaluated and those absent or staff recruited post INSET have to wait for refresher training which may be as long as a year later.

New statutory requirements for all professionals in relation to the reporting of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) were introduced in October 2015. By completing this module, teachers will gain the latest information on this topic, legislative requirements and a clear understanding of their role in supporting those affected and reporting pathways.

The course also meets the Department for Education (DfE) 2016 Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance which emphasizes the importance of regular updates and annual safeguarding / child protection training.

Sam adds: “Fundamentally, FGM is child abuse under UK law, and it is our mandatory duty to safeguard both those we deem vulnerable, and those where intervention has been too late. This new course will help every educator play an ever vital role in our cross-disciplinary approach to FGM child protection.”

The organisation works with over 60,000 frontline professionals across the education, healthcare & third/voluntary sectors.

Please visit ssscpd.co.uk or follow us on Twitter (@SSSLearning) for more info.

Here are the relevant online courses we provide that relate to this article:

To find out more about our FGM course click here

To find out about our safeguarding suite click here