With the Internet now an integral part of children's lives, enabling them to research for school projects, talk to their friends and access information from around the world, we need to ensure that our learners our safe.
We regularly hold parent information meetings about internet awareness and safety.
It is vital that we help our children to learn how to be safe when using any device which connects to the internet and we take this learning very seriously in school and also in our cluster group of schools.
In school, there is an e-safety unit of work which children complete every autumn term as they move into their new classes. Each year group has a unit of work adapted to be age appropriate. This is supported by regular reminders about the rules for internet safety.
Within the link there are lots of resources for children (CEOP's You Think You Know - aimed at children on how to use the Internet safely). We also have our own Online Safety webpage with links to Parent Newsletter that are emailed out monthly. Click here to go to the Online Safety webpage.
For other work linking to being safe we have the following:
Junior Road Safety Officers who host assemblies and competitions in school.
Workshops organised and hosted by the Childline charity take place for our older children.
We hold anti-bullying assemblies and discussions about a broad range of issues and feelings with the children as part of our on-going Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education work.
To gather information about being safe, we survey parents and pupils regularly to ensure that we can pick up concerns about the safety of our children in school.
“In conjunction with Cheshire Police, Hermitage Primary School is involved in a new initiative called Operation Encompass. The purpose of Operation Encompass is to safeguard and support children and young people who have been involved in, heard or witnessed a domestic abuse incident. Following such an incident, children will often arrive at school distressed, upset, worried and unprepared. Operation Encompass aims to ensure that appropriate school staff (called Key Adults) are made aware early enough to support children and young people in a way that means they feel safe and included.
At Hermitage Primary School our Key Adults are Mrs Ross and Mrs Vernon.
This is a valuable initiative that means we can continue to support and help children and families within our school community when they need it the most.