Education: Record Keeping

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Our training equips teachers and other professionals working within education with the knowledge and skills required to meet good standards of record keeping.

Ofsted in their ‘Best Practice in Organisation, Leadership and Management Guide’ states that ‘good records promote children’s safety and welfare, learning and development’. Good records ensure effective communication and are essential to help identify any concerns at an early stage. They are shared with parents, other providers and agencies to ensure each child receives the best possible help where it is needed. Good records promote continuity of provision for children and smooth transition when they move on to another setting.

Where a child is at risk, good records are paramount. Many studies and reports however, highlight that record keeping is often poor and is a common cause for failing to protect a child at risk. Poor records not only place the child at (further) risk but can leave teachers and other professionals vulnerable to legal and professional consequences.

Records will be used as evidence in any claim of child abuse, injury at school, or where there are allegations that a child’s educational needs have not been identified or carried through. A teacher will have to justify their actions or explain in detail what they have observed, or what was reported to them by a child.

This course explains the legal and professional obligations, accountability and how the courts view the records. It looks at best practice in written and electronic record keeping and practical aspects such as :

  • How much to write
  • What to write
  • The detail
  • What to include
  • What to leave out
  • …and much more.

This is an interactive course using real cases and practical examples.


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