Holy Trinity are eSafety champions!
An Assessor from the South West Grid for Learning visited us on 27th November, 2019, to review the school’s online safety provision. The Assessor, Mrs A Allen, met school staff, parents and carers, Governors and pupils and was pleased to find that the school provides a high level of protection for users of digital technologies. The South West Grid for Learning Trust is lead partner in the UK Safer Internet Centre and in the forefront of national and international developments in online safety. To enhance these services, they have developed a tool to help schools address online safety issues. To apply for the 360 degree safe Online Safety Mark, schools have to reach a series of benchmark levels when they complete the online self review. The evidence is then verified by a visit from experienced Assessors. The prime benefit of using the review and applying for the Online Safety Mark is that it does not focus on the individual aspects of online safety such as technological solutions, but instead it integrates online safety into school policy and the curriculum, challenging teachers and leaders in the school to think about their provision and its continual evolution. Holy Trinity has shown that they have provided a high standard of online safety education and awareness for all staff, pupils and also for parents and carers, to ensure that these users of digital technologies can be safe online – whether they are in school, in their homes or out and about using mobile devices.
Following the visit, the Assessor, Mrs Avril Allen reported that :
‘The principal and senior leadership of the school are to be commended for their excellent work on online safety provision in the school. There is a very clear commitment from the principal, Governors and all staff to effectively and continuously develop policy and practice within the school. There is a well embedded ethos and culture of online safety across the school. The monthly eSafety codes provide a focus each month for all age ranges and are very relevant to the challenges they face. The eSafetysaurus mascot is a terrific asset for the school to reinforce the eSafety message.’
Ron Richards, Lead Assessor for the 360 degree safe Online Safety Mark congratulated the school on its success and commented that it was re-assuring to know that the school had put a lot of thought and effort into improving the online safety of the staff and young people, by addressing these important safeguarding issues.