This brand new course for 2022 focuses on the new KCSiE reform 2021and how to implement the relevant changes in you respective settings. The course focuses on the new reforms.

The is aimed for all teachers aspiring to the senior leader role of DSL, and DSL leads new, or in their first year of taking on the post of DLS lead. It is also aimed to be of benefit for Pastoral leads and other SLT leads with responsibility for Safeguarding.

Focus will also be meeting the key challenges for a newly appointed Designated Safeguarding Lead, addressing the threat of sexual violence and harassment in schools, implementing the new safeguarding reforms, and meeting the requirements for Ofsted in relation to Safeguarding.


  • Exploring the role of the Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Understanding the difference between Safeguarding and Child Protection and how to act accordingly;
  • Understand your Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy- what is non-negotiable?
  • Look at the ‘Everyone’s Invited’ agenda and how to build a robust a robust response to the issues that it has highlighted
  • Take away strategies to effectively address the threat of sexual violence and harassment
  • Carry out a Safeguarding audit of your policies and procedures for your GB and the LA.
  • Explore key challenges and prioritise concerning the safeguarding training of staff.
  • New approaches to responding to Ofsted post-pandemic.

London | Friday 20 May 2022

London | Monday 21 November 2022

  • Teachers aspiring to the role of DSL
  • DSL leads new in post
  • Heads of Pastoral
  • SLTs responsible for Safeguarding
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an in-school course
  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • CPD Certificate of attendance


10.00 – 10.45am: Key challenges for a newly appointed Designated Safeguarding Lead

  • Developing your understanding of the post of DSL and why, arguably, it is the most important role in the organisation (outside that of the head teacher);
  • Understanding the difference between your role in safeguarding and child protection and how to act accordingly.
  • How do you ensure that there is no ‘implementation gap’? Making sure all staff are fully aware of their responsibilities.
  • Understanding yourself, developing your own emotional wellbeing and knowing when to switch off; Who is looking after you?
  • Making sure that you understand the importance of good teamwork in safeguarding.
  • Preparing for the effects of increased time spent on cyber & social media during lock-down e.g., aggravating poor mental health, decreasing confidence and exposure to grooming

10.45 – 11.00am: Break

11.00 – 11.30pm: Key issues around safeguarding

  • Is the ‘voice of the student’ is the student being heard in school? Exploring how to put the child at the ‘centre of the school’
  • Understanding and developing your knowledge of contextual safeguarding and its importance in safeguarding children and young people.
  • Looking at the rise in mental health concerns as a consequence of the pandemic and what steps should be taken to tackle those concerns.

11.30 – 12.30pm: Addressing the threat of sexual violence and harassment in schools.

  • Toxic masculinity in schools, what steps should you take to address this issue?
  • Child Criminal Exploitation and Child Sexual Exploitation, understanding the key issues
  • Diagnostics – recognising the signs of exploitation e.g. county lines
  • Do you know if your school is safe? Carrying out a safeguarding audit in school. Who to audit and how best to do so – measuring your school against outstanding safeguarding criterion
  • Making sure you know the context of your own school, what are the issues facing your school, especially in the light of recent safeguarding issues such as sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools and colleges.

12.30 – 13.30pm: Lunch

13.30 – 14.30pm: implementing the new safeguarding reforms.

  • Knowing when to refer the concern – where your duty begins and ends
  • How to implement the new changes effectively
  • Promoting an integrated safeguarding approach across the school
  • Ways to be constantly aware and not taking your eye off the ball- avoiding complacency.
  • Counteracting fear: removing obstacles to reporting concerns

14.30 – 15.30 pm: Meeting the requirements for Ofsted in relation to Safeguarding

  • Knowing what are the key safeguarding issues that OFSTED may look at.
  • Ways to evidence that you have effective strategies in place.
  • Exploring where strategies may not be effective and ways to overcome this.
  • Ensuring all staff are aware of their role in Safeguarding according to Ofsted.

Steve Burnage

Having spent over 25 years teaching and leading a variety of schools across the UK, Steve is sought after as an expert practitioner, consultant, and trainer. He specialises in developing effective school leadership at all levels; and supporting outstanding and impactful classroom practice, pedagogy, learning and teaching. Alongside Steve’s training and education reform projects, he receives frequent invitations to speak at international education conferences, features in a wide range of training videos and online seminars, hosts regular interactive webinar sessions on key aspects of effective classroom practice and school leadership; and coaches and mentors headteachers worldwide.