The Highfield School takes the safety of our students and e-safety education seriously. We are aware of the rapid growth of electronic communications and the potential dangers for young people. The safe use of Internet and electronic communications technologies such as mobile phones and wireless connectivity is fundamental to our teaching. Our e-safety protocol highlights the need to educate children and young people about the benefits and risks of using new technologies both in and away from school. The protocol provides safeguards and rules to guide all users whether staff or student, in their online experiences. The e-safety protocol operates in conjunction with other policies and protocols including those for Behaviour and Learning, Curriculum, Privacy Notice, Child Protection plus the Home School Agreement. The protocol is available for all stakeholders on request, we have a senior member of staff responsible for E-safety as well as a link Governor.
The Internet is an essential element in 21st century life for education, business and social interaction. The school has a duty to provide students with high-quality Internet access as part of their learning experience. Internet use is a part of the statutory curriculum and a necessary learning tool for staff and students. The Highfield School Internet access is designed expressly for students use and will include filtering appropriate to the age of the students. Clear boundaries will be set for the appropriate use of the Internet and digital communications and discussed with staff and students. Students will be educated in the effective use of the Internet in research, including the skills of knowledge location, retrieval and evaluation. The Highfield School will ensure that the use of the Internet derived materials by staff and by students complies with copyright law. Students should be taught to be critically aware of the materials they read and shown how to validate information before accepting its accuracy.
E-safety messages are given in a variety of different contexts. Staff deliver key guidance in lessons, across a variety of subjects. In addition, age appropriate assemblies and workshops are scheduled to ensure a consistent message to all. We use the excellent CEOP materials, which often include striking videos re-enacting life events. Themes such as risking employment issues due to sharing inappropriate information on line, nudity, radicalisation and the dangers of meeting strangers, are focussed upon.
Taking Photos At Events/Performances
Due to changes in GDPR and the school’s recently updated Online Safety Policy, please be aware of the following:
Parents/carers should note that there may be some children who are at risk and must not have their image put online and others who do not want their image online. For these reasons, parents/carers must follow the school’s Acceptable Use Agreement and refrain from taking or posting online photographs of any member of the school community, other than their own children. To clarify, under no circumstance should images be taken at any time on school premises of anyone other than their own child.
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Co-operative Values And The Prevention Of Radicalisation And Extremism
The Department for Education (DfE) has published guidance for schools to 'promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs'.
As a Co-operative School, the co-operative values are central to our ethos and can be seen clearly in the environment, rewards system, assemblies and school structures such as the School Council and newsletters. These values are:
Self-help: We help people to help themselves
Responsibility: We take responsibility for, and answer to our actions
Democracy: We try to give everyone a say in the way we run our school
Equity and Equality: Everyone has equal rights and our school is fair
Solidarity: Supporting each other and our community
British Values are incorporated into our co-operative values which are known and understood by the school community, we therefore refer to our co-operative values rather than 'British Values'. Similarly, SMSC (Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development) is promoted through our co-operative values, and our classroom teaching.
Self-help includes cultural development and encouragement of participation, self-esteem and self confidence. Within school children are actively encouraged to take part in many opportunities; to make decisions and choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. We provide and educate young people about boundaries so they can take risks and make choices safely. Young people are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and freedoms as individuals and advised on how to exercise these freely through, for example, our Religious and Personal Studies (RPS) curriculum or e-safety lessons. In Year 7 all students will follow a Resilience Programme in RPS to enable them to be independent young people with self-confidence. Whether it is through a choice of learning challenges or how they record their learning or participation in our extensive extra-curricular opportunities, students are given the freedom to make choices and decisions for themselves.
Responsibility includes teachings of right and wrong, respect for civil laws and their purpose, which is linked to well-being and safety. We also advocate students taking responsibility for their own behaviour. The importance of rules and laws, whether they be those which govern the school or country, are consistently reinforced through the school day, as well as when managing behaviour and through school assemblies. Students are taught the value and reasons behind the laws that govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Our school rewards and sanctions, which are displayed in all classrooms, referred to regularly and consistently upheld, are a practical example of this. Our e-safety programme and visits from outside agencies reinforce this message.
Democracy includes teaching how citizens can influence decisions through the democratic process. Young people at The Highfield School are encouraged to have a voice and share their opinions regularly. Our active School Council is one such example. Every September students nominate candidates to be House Captains who go out into the their 'constituencies' or Houses to find out what students want. These issues are in turn addressed at weekly Council meetings. The Student Leadership Team who lead the School Council, are elected in the Summer Term by the rest of the school through a secret ballot. The candidates have to pitch their election manifesto to the rest of the school, which is a popular and well respected process. Students also complete an annual whole school questionnaire as well as regular departmental surveys, which allows students to share their views about learning and well-being, and suggest ways in which the school could be improved further. We also have Student Governors who attend governors meetings, which ensure our school self-evaluation is robust as the students participate in both school evaluation and development at this level.
Equality, Equity and Solidarity includes teaching of acceptance and tolerance that people have different faiths, and that discrimination should be combatted as it is in law. Assemblies regularly promote and celebrate diversity of all kinds as does our RPS curriculum where students learn about all major faiths and visit places of worship wherever possible. As a Co-Operative School, co-operation and mutual respect are at the heart of our values. Students learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect and there is zero tolerance for any form of discrimination.
Preventing Radicalisation and Extremism
Radicalisation is the process by which people come to support terrorism and violent extremism and, in some cases, participate in terrorist groups.
Extremism is defined as the holding of extreme political or religious views.
There is no place for extremist views in our school. Every effort is made to ensure that the school's ethos promotes the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs.
The Highfield School and the Governors of the school are fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all students. We recognise that safeguarding against radicalisation is no different from safeguarding against any other vulnerability, and staff are reminded to suspend any professional disbelief that instances of radicalisation 'could not happen here' and refer any concerns to the Safeguarding Lead Teachers.
Please find attached a flyer giving information and advice for parents on sexual exploitation.