Safe working practice

COVID-19

As a candidate of M2 Education, your safety is one of our top priorities when it comes to working within education, as well as the safety of the children that you work with.

M2 Education has the highest standards when it comes to keeping children safe in education whilst also wanting our candidates to be safe within the workplace. This means following the relevant Health and Safety policies within schools and in light of recent events the COVID-19 policy within schools. To make sure that you are safe within a workplace, M2 Education also has a COVID-19 policy that we expect all candidates to adhere to whilst working for ourselves.

Keep yourself informed

M2 Education is committed to keeping you up to date with the latest changes to any COVID-19 government and DFE advice regarding the pandemic.

  • Read the latest DFE advice here
  • Read the latest Government advice here

To keep yourself, school staff and children safe, please make sure that you are fully aware of government sources. If you have any questions relating to COVID-19 and our policy

Schools are currently doing their best to ensure that both staff and children are kept safe when working in their settings. M2 Education works closely with these schools to ensure that there is minimal disruption to the education of children and that schools can run effectively and efficiently.

Safeguarding

Everyone who works with children has a responsibility for keeping them safe. No single practitioner can have a full picture of a child’s needs and circumstances and, if children and families are to receive the right help at the right time, everyone who comes into contact with them has a role to play in identifying concerns, sharing information and taking prompt action.

Teachers and Teaching Assistants working through M2 Education should ensure that they are:

  • Protecting children from maltreatment;
  • Preventing the impairment of children’s mental and physical health or development;
  • Ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
  • Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
M2 Education offers free Safeguarding training for all of our candidates via the Blackburn with Darwen Council melearning website. We expect all candidates to complete this training whilst working for us and to refresh their knowledge of Safeguarding on an annual basis.

Safe working practice

All candidates working in schools are expected to make their own decisions about safe working practices when in a school setting. Candidates should always consider whether their actions are warranted, proportionate, safe and applied equitably.

Whilst working for M2 Education, candidates should:

  • avoid the use of ‘engaged’ or equivalent signs wherever possible. Such signs may create an opportunity for secrecy or the interpretation of secrecy
  • avoid any form of communication with a pupil which could be interpreted as provocative or give rise to speculation e.g. verbal comments, letters, notes, by email or on social media, phone calls, texts, physical contact
  • follow the schools behaviour management policy
  • behave as a role model
  • avoid shouting at children other than as a warning in an emergency/safety situation
  • never touch a pupil in a way which may be considered indecent not seek to communicate/make contact or respond to contact with pupils
    outside of the purposes of their work
  • not give out their personal details
  • use only equipment and Internet services provided by the school or setting

Radicalisation and extremism

Radicalisation in children can happen over a long period of time. In some cases, it is triggered by a specific incident or news item and can happen much quicker. Sometimes there are clear warning signs of radicalisation, in other cases, the changes are less obvious.

The teenage years are a time of great change and young people often want to be on their own, easily become angry and often mistrust authority. This makes it hard to differentiate between normal teenage behaviour and attitude that indicates one of your students may have been exposed to radicalising influences.

The government has a number of free resources that will help you understand Prevent and help keep children safe from extremism and radicalisation.

Read more about Prevent

Connect with us

Contact your nearest office

Northwest

2 Tustin Court, Portway,
Preston
PR2 2YQ

t. 01772 722223
e. preston@m2education.co.uk

Northeast

Cobalt Business Exchange,
Newcastle-upon-Tyne,
NE28 9NZ

t. 0191 280 5660
e. newcastle@m2education.co.uk