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Conference Offers Advice for 'Bad Day at School'

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

  • Bad Day at School Conference - delegates and speakers
  • Bad Day at School Conference - Sue Hincks speaking
  • Bad Day at School Conference

Bolton School was pleased to host a ‘Bad Day at School’ conference, organised by Ease Training. With a morning that focused on inspection and the impact of current and historic abuse complaints, and an afternoon covering the increasing risk of online threats, the day offered advice from experts on how to deal with such issues.

Ease Training’s Associate Director Hilary Moriarty offered two sessions on inspections, briefly covering some useful strategies on how best to prepare and her ‘Top Five Tips’.

Two sessions on abuse allegations were handled by representatives of Knights Professional Services. Rebecca Kashti gave an update on the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. She looked at the mechanics of what should be done and the importance of responding effectively. Stephanie Merritt discussed both historic and current employment ramifications that come with allegations.

After lunch, delegates heard from ‘cyber man’ Professor Richard Benham of the National Cyber Research Centre about issues relating to online security.

Girls’ Division Headmistress Sue Hincks spoke about cyber attacks in schools and the obvious and not-so-obvious consequences when ICT systems go down for a period of time. From pupil registration to contact between staff to payroll, and even the telephone system, she talked about how some of the impact of a potential crisis can be alleviated.

Finally, Alastair Adams of Commercial Ltd gave a short presentation on what to do when systems are hacked before the end of the conference.

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