Daily Safeguarding Update admin2021-09-23T10:00:18+00:00September 22nd, 2021| Roblox to start opt-in age verification for users Roblox is adding an age verification feature that will allow players to confirm their age and gain access to features reserved for older players. This feature will be optional and not needed to play most Roblox games. The age verification will be required for users who want to gain early access to Roblox’s upcoming voice chat features. Roblox announced its plan for ‘Spatial Voice’ which aims to reflect the way voices carry in the real world like the popular Among Us ‘mod’ (a modification/add-on) ‘Proximity Chat’. The age verification feature will require users to scan a form of ID using the Roblox app and to take a selfie to verify they are a real user (as opposed to uploading a photo). Roblox has revealed that ID document data won’t be stored. Full story, here. Grammar school given termination warning over sexist culture A grammar school has been threatened with having its funding agreement withdrawn after Ofsted found pupils felt unsafe. Colchester Royal Grammar School (CRGS) in Essex has received a termination warning notice from inspectors. An Ofsted inspection of CRGS, carried out in May, found that pupils felt unsafe from sexist and racist comments. The inspection report found that leadership, behaviour, attitudes and personal development in the school were inadequate. Ofsted remarked that the school failed to address a “pervading culture in the school which does not promote equality and respect.“ This follows Ofsted’s visit to 32 schools and colleges and interviews with more than 900 young people about sexual harassment after testimonies were posted on the Everyone’s Invited website. Full story, here. Ofsted to review COVID-19 catch-up initiatives Ofsted has been asked by the government to review the effectiveness of two main COVID-19 catch-up plans – tutoring and teachers’ professional development. The independent review will investigate how the government’s policies are working by gathering evidence through research visits and from its school inspections. Tutoring and teacher development were the two key elements of a £1.4billion catch up plan announced by the Department for Education earlier this year. The inspection will also evaluate how well tutoring has been integrated into the school curriculum and the likelihood that it will help children catch-up after the disruption caused by COVID-19. The findings are expected to be published in early 2023 and early 2024. Full story, here. Vaccine minister criticises the intimidation of headteachers The vaccine minister, Maggie Throup, has criticised the threats and intimation being faced by headteachers in schools about the upcoming COVID-19 vaccine roll-out. This follows the circulation of a letter threatening headteachers with legal action if children are given COVID-19 vaccines without parental consent on behalf of anti-vax groups. Headteachers reported receiving threats via letters and social media, including threats of legal action, violence, and death threats. Maggie Throup urges any headteachers facing intimidation via letters or social media to contact the School Age Immunisation Service (SAIS). Full story, here.