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Safeguarding AI in Education

 

You may have read about how AI (Artificial Intelligence) is rapidly transforming the education sector, bringing exciting opportunities. It’s true that AI offers personalised learning experiences, enhanced accessibility, and the potential for streamlining processes to save valuable time. Educators and students can greatly benefit from these advancements. However, it’s crucial to embrace AI responsibly, ensuring the safety and well-being of the school community. By thoughtfully integrating this evolving technology, we can unlock a future where learning is more engaging, inclusive, and effective, empowering students to reach their full potential while supporting educators in their vital roles.

Our suite of Safe AI courses have been developed in partnership with AI experts Educate Ventures Research (EVR).

If you are the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) or another leader in your setting with responsibility for safeguarding, pastoral care and/or technology implementation and use, our comprehensive Safeguarding AI for Leaders (SAIL) course will ensure that you have the confidence and understanding to lead on safe and ethical AI use in your setting. 

To implement the rollout of safe AI practices across your setting, it is essential that all staff have knowledge and understanding of how AI could impact their safeguarding responsibilities. To enable this, we also offer a Safeguarding AI Essentials (SAIE) course, for all staff and governors.

Suitable for settings of all sizes, we offer packages for schools, MATs and other educational organisations. Safeguarding AI for Leaders (SAIL), is available as a stand-alone course, or bundled alongside our Safeguarding AI Essentials (SAIE) course as part of a package.

Safeguarding AI for Leaders 2024/25 (SAIL)

  • Who is it for? Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs), pastoral leaders, and other school leaders.
  • What will you learn? Develop and lead safe and ethical AI policies, audit safeguarding procedures, identify priority projects, engage stakeholders, and ensure compliance.
  • Benefits: Gain confidence, access resources and templates, ensure compliance, learn from real-life stories, network with peers, receive ongoing support for a year.

Duration:4-5 hours with 12 months of access

Safeguarding AI Essentials 2024/25 (SAIE)

  • Who is it for? All setting staff including teachers, support roles, and governors.
  • What will you learn? Understand the risks and benefits of AI in education, develop responsible AI practices, maintain student safety online, and contribute to a whole-school approach.
  • Benefits: Gain confidence using AI, ensure student safety, access ongoing support and resources, collaborate with peers, scale safe AI practices across your setting.

Duration: 1 hour

Our Safe AI packages

By choosing one of our Safeguarding AI packages, you and your setting will benefit from:

  • Confident leadership: Equip your DSL, pastoral team and senior leaders with the knowledge and skills to spearhead safe and ethical AI use across your setting. Their expertise, combined with a team of trained colleagues will ensure a smooth rollout and ongoing monitoring of AI practices.
  • A whole-school approach: Foster a culture of responsible AI use with training for all staff. This will ensure the whole team has the knowledge and understanding required to contribute to safe and effective AI practices.
  • Access to valuable resources: Gain 12 months access to a library of curated resources including case studies, guidance documents and templates to enable the team to integrate AI tools into their work, whilst safeguarding students. The Safeguarding AI for Leaders community will be updated throughout the year to ensure your team has the latest guidance and advice.
  • Effortless management: You’ll have access to an online dashboard to enable you to track course progress and simplify the implementation process.

Our packages include:

  • Safeguarding AI for Leaders (SAIL). (£395 + VAT). Suitable for DSLs, pastoral leads and other school leaders
  • Package A: 1 x SAIL and up to 5 Safeguarding AI Essentials (SAIE) courses. (£545 + VAT). Suitable for smaller schools or for training a key implementation team including staff with responsibility for safeguarding, pastoral care and IT
  • Package B: 1 x SAIL and up to 15 SAIE. (£695 + VAT). Suitable for primary school leadership teams and teachers or secondary school DSL plus pastoral teams and senior leadership team
  • Package C: 1 x SAIL and up to 40 SAIE. (£995 + VAT). Suitable for rollout to key staff across a small trust or for all staff in a larger school
  • Package D: 3 x SAIL and up to 100 SAIE. (£2,485 + VAT). Suitable for rollout to key staff across a larger trust

Choose your package on our online booking form, or contact us for a quote on a bespoke package.

 

Safeguarding AI for Leaders 2024/25 (SAIL)

Why choose this course?

This course provides you with the knowledge and skills to develop and lead safe and ethical AI policies and practices, which meet all relevant rules and regulations, within your setting with confidence. 

You will:

  • Audit and improve your safeguarding policies and procedures around AI usage.
  • Identify priority projects in your setting to ensure a greater whole-school understanding of the risks of AI and how to safeguard against these. 
  • Engage stakeholder groups, including staff and students, to discuss and implement safe and ethical AI use.

You’ll have the support of an experienced tutor while completing your assignments, as well as access to the online course and resources for a 12 month period. This will enable you to refresh your knowledge, as well as access the discussion boards and course resources, while you become an effective and confident AI safeguarding leader.

How will you benefit?

This course will benefit you and your setting in a wide variety of ways:

  • Gain confidence by developing a well-informed approach to AI use, by identifying potential risks and plans to help mitigate them through training and active discussion.
  • Have access to a range of structured templates and frameworks which will enable you to audit your setting, identify priorities and create action plans for change.
  • Understand the latest legislation and ensure your setting is compliant, receiving guidance from AI experts like Professor Rose Luckin and drawing on evidence-informed safeguarding practice.
  • Learn from the experience of others by watching and listening to real-life stories from other DSLs and educators in schools.
  • Network, collaborate and share best practice with peers.
  • Receive ongoing support for a full year, including a library of resources and active discussion forums. Content will be updated on a yearly basis and conversations in the community will be active, ensuring your knowledge keeps-up with developments in this sector.
  • Scale your ‘safe AI’ practices by rolling out training and support for staff across your setting.

Course content

The course will focus around five key themes:

  • Safeguarding – Adapting our approach for AI
  • Safeguarding 2.0 – Exploring new threats
  • Ethics
  • Security and regulation
  • Practical implementation

Safeguarding – Adapting our approach for AI

  • Examine existing safeguarding practices and explore where we need to adapt our approach in order to respond to threats and concerns enhanced by the use of AI. 
  • Explore issues such as fake news, deep fake images and audio spoofing and consider how to respond to these digital threats.
  • Build on existing knowledge of inappropriate tools and activity online and highlight how AI has impacted the use of inappropriate tools.
  • Safeguard against mis-use of AI tools in the hands of young people and broaden understanding of how harmful online practices can be intensified by AI.

Safeguarding 2.0 – Exploring new threats

  • Get to grips with new safeguarding concerns introduced by the use of AI systems such as a lack of agency for students.
  • Plan for how to mitigate against the harmful effects of bias within AI systems and the data they are trained on.
  • Explore the consequences of a lack of transparency within machine learning systems.
  • Understand how over-reliance on technology and increasingly sophisticated AI tools could encourage young people to misplace their trust in Artificial Intelligence.

Ethics

  • Maintain a focus on the digital rights of young people and ensure they are protected from over-profiling in a data-heavy environment.
  • Underpin decision-making with an awareness of how learners and teachers could become deskilled through the adoption of AI tools.
  • Consider how to balance the side-effects of over-reliance on technology with leveraging AI for good.
  • Ensure that AI implementation serves to improve  equity rather than expand existing disadvantage gaps.

Security and regulation

  • Safeguard student data and ensure personal data is protected by all stakeholders when engaging with AI systems.
  • Ensure AI use is compliant with statutory requirements, for example, from KCSIE and Prevent as well as UK government AI regulations. 
  • Develop an understanding of the importance of safeguarding intellectual property.
  • Explore existing AI legislation and the implications for educational settings.

Practical implementation

  • Draw the four main themes together and apply key concepts to your individual context.
  • Re-examine existing policies in light of AI safeguarding issues discussed.
  • Formulate a strategy for the safe and ethical implementation of AI across the school community.
  • Build relationships with colleagues to support the safe use of AI in schools.

How will you be assessed?

During the course, delegates will complete the following:

  • A self-assessment at the start of the course to determine the setting’s current practice and policy regarding safe AI use
  • Short practical tasks throughout
  • An action plan, using a template provided, which should be shared with stakeholders in your setting for feedback. This can then be used to update and improve the setting’s policies and/or practice regarding the safe use of AI tools and systems.

Upon completion, you will be able to download a course certificate.

How is the course delivered?

  • The course will be available to study at your own pace on our online learning platform, Campus Online. 
  • You will have access to a wide range of engaging and interactive content and resources including articles, videos, case studies and discussion forums. 
  • You will benefit from completing a number of practical tasks to embed your learning and implement improved policies and procedures in your setting.
  • A team of professional partners is available to support your learning journey, and collaboration and best practice sharing with this team and your peers is encouraged through the discussion forums.

Who is the course designed for?

This course is designed for Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs) in schools and other educational settings. Pastoral leaders and members of the Senior Leadership Team or other roles with responsibility for safeguarding and/or technology use in the setting, e.g. IT managers may also find this course useful.

Are you eligible?

To complete this course, you will need to be based in an educational setting with some responsibility for leading (or co-leading) safeguarding and/or technology use. 

Those without this responsibility across their setting may wish to consider our Safeguarding AI Essentials (SAIE) course although this course can only be purchased if the setting has someone who has completed the SAIL course.

How much does the course cost?

The Safeguarding AI for Leaders course costs £395 + VAT.

You may wish to consider a package for your school or MAT to train multiple staff members. Please contact us for a bespoke quote or see our package options.

When does the course start?

The course will be available to start at any time on or after 2 September 2024. Choose your packages on our online booking form, or contact us for a quote on a bespoke package.

If you’re booking one of our organisational packages before September, you will gain access to your course management dashboard on 27 August.

How long does it take to complete the course?

The course content will take approximately 4-5 hours to complete.

Once you have completed the course and downloaded your certificate, you will continue to have access to the course content and resource library, and will be able to watch, download and engage in the discussion forums for a period of 12 months.

 

Safeguarding AI Essentials 2024/25 (SAIE)

Why choose this course?

To keep students safe online and prepared for the future, it’s important that staff are equipped to navigate the ever-changing digital landscape. This includes understanding new developments in technology, such as AI, and how to use online tools responsibly.

This course gives schools, MATs and other educational settings the opportunity to upskill their teaching teams and support staff to be able to use and benefit from AI technology with confidence, whilst maintaining the safety both of themselves and the students for whom they are responsible.

With one or more colleagues completing the Safeguarding AI for Leaders (SAIL) course and the rest of your setting having access to this ‘Essentials’ course, you can be confident that an effective, and safe, whole school approach to AI can be achieved. The course will be updated annually to ensure that your team is kept up-to-date with the latest advances in AI.

Boost confidence in the safe use of AI with our ‘Essentials’ course – it’s ideal for staff training or inset days.

How will you benefit?

  • Upskill your staff: ensure key members of the team and/or your full team have the knowledge and skills to use AI safely and ethically
  • Boost confidence: Demonstrate that you’re encouraging of your team using AI (most will be using it already) and are providing the support to help them
  • Bite-sized learning: The Essentials course is just 1-hour long, and will keep your staff engaged throughout
  • Standardise practice: By pointing your team to our Safeguarding AI courses, best practice can be shared, ensuring consistent practices are being followed across the setting
  • Demonstrate to parents and governors that your school is innovative in your teaching and learning techniques and that safety at the forefront

Course content

The course will cover the most essential information for staff working in an educational setting. With a focus on every-day practice that will be of benefit in the classroom, the course covers:

  • Safeguarding – Adapting our approach for AI
  • Safeguarding 2.0 – Exploring new threats
  • Ethics
  • Security and regulation
  • Practical implementation

How will you be assessed?

To finish the course and embed your learning, you will be required to complete a short multiple choice questionnaire. 

Upon completion, you will be able to download a course certificate.

How is the course delivered?

  • The course will be available to study at your own pace on our online learning platform, Campus Online. 
  • Watch a series of engaging videos and complete a multiple choice questionnaire to fully embed your learning. 
  • Work with your Safeguarding AI Leader to help implement a safe and ethical AI approach in your setting.

Who is the course designed for?

This course is designed for anyone working in an educational setting, including governors and trustees.

Please note that this course is available to book as part of an organisational package alongside our Safeguarding AI for Leaders (SAIL) course.

Are you eligible?

This course is open to all.

How much does the course cost?

This course is available to book as part of an organisational package for schools, MATs and other educational settings. Our packages also include access to our Safeguarding AI for Leaders (SAIL) course. Please see information about our packages, which start at £545 + VAT,  above.

When does the course start?

The course will be available to start at any time on or after 2 September 2024. Choose your packages on our online booking form, or contact us for a quote on a bespoke package.

Book your package before September and gain access to your course management dashboard on 27 August.

How long does it take to complete the course?

The course will take approximately 1 hour to complete.

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