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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British 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'.British 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.
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.