ESafety

At Loreto Grammar School, in line with our Mission statement which seeks to enable the girls “to meet with confidence the challenges of a changing world”, we promote safe, responsible and ethical use of the Internet and technology. We ensure students receive crucial eSafety education, to allow them to make best and safe use of technology. Equally, our role is to support parents in the development of their daughters and in their responsibility for their daughters.

How to report a concern

Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP):

Ceop

Internet Watch Foundation:

Internet watch foundation logo

 

 

Apps that can cause concern

Tik Tok

TikTok is a video-sharing app. Users can upload and share short videos of themselves lip-syncing to songs or acting out comedy sketches, and add special effects. They can gain followers (‘fans’) and browse other people’s videos. You may have heard of the app by its previous name: Musical.ly. Everything that was on Musical.ly is now on TikTok. If your child previously had a Musical.ly account they will be able to access their content on TikTok. The age recommendation is 13 and above. However, you don’t have to prove your age when creating an account, so younger children can still use it easily. It’s most popular with under-16s. TikTok is free to download on Android and iOS devices (Apple phones and tablets). It carries ads and offers in-app purchases. It has about 150 million active users worldwide and is available in over 30 languages.

Snapchat

Snapchat is a multimedia messaging app. It can be a fun and app when used carefully and with very clear ground rules. Apps like Snapchat serve as a reminder to parents that they need to be vigilant about their children's smartphone use and to monitor their activity to prevent problems like sexting, cyberbullying, cyberstalking etc

Safer Internet Day 9th February 2021

During lockdown, young people are spending even more time on line. In order to support them using the internet safely, we focused on internet safety in the week commencing 8th February. We followed the theme of the national Safer Internet Day which this year is;

 ‘An internet we trust: exploring reliability in the online world’

The internet has an amazing range of information and opportunities online, but how do we separate fact from fiction?

The campaign focuses on knowing what to trust online and supporting young people to question, challenge and change the online world.

Safer Internet Day will be celebrated globally with the slogan: Together for a better internet. 

All forms had an assembly introducing the theme and then students had the chance to explore some of the activities available on the Safer Internet website during afternoon registration or form period.

www.saferinternet.co.uk

Other useful websites include;

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/

https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/

The DfE also recommends;

  • Internet matters (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
  • Parent info (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
  • LGfL (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
  • Net-aware (support for parents and carers from the NSPCC)
  • Let’s Talk About It (support for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation)
  • UK Safer Internet Centre (tips, advice, guides)
  • Childnet offers a toolkit to support parents and carers of children of any age to start discussions about their online life, to set boundaries around online behaviour and technology use, and to find out where to get more help and support

GMP have signposted;

https://www.vodafone.co.uk/mobile/digital-parenting- Vodafone offer advice for parents and have a Digital Parenting magazine available online and offer other great advice on their website

www.getsafeonline.org

Trafford Authority have signposted particular advice regarding sexting;

 

 

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Summer School 2021

Loreto was delighted to provide an optional Summer School funded by the Department for Education to support pupils in making up for education missed during the Covid-19 pandemic. This was a welcome opportunity to offer all new year 7 students an insight into the Loreto Community and also additional support for some of our Year 10 students to recover lost curriculum and prepare for year 11. Year 7 Summer School A choice of 2 different weeks were offered to all incoming Year 6 students (our new Year 7) and this flexibility, together with the overwhelming support from parents and carers, ensured a take up of more than 87% of the year group. With the help of staff and sixth form students the aim of the weeks was to support the transition from primary school to secondary school. We gave the new students an opportunity to experience the school environment and ethos without the daunting aspect of many other students. The students were split into groups, to facilitate greater social interaction and allow new friendships to be formed.  In a very short space of time, we saw their confidence grow along with their awareness of the Loreto community.   The students were fortunate to be able to experience many different aspects of a secondary school curriculum. Over the course of the Summer School two weeks, pupils were able to engage in a mixture of academic and enrichment activities in Science, Mathematics, English, History, Geography, Music workshops, Creative Arts, Languages and even an indoor planetarium. The students also grew their talents and explored the arts and this will lead to their Arts Award qualification during 2021/22. An enlightening experience for the whole Loreto community – both staff and pupils alike.    The students also had the invaluable opportunity to meet new peers and get to know each other in their new setting, particularly during their free time at break and lunch. The students also had tours of the school to prepare them ahead of the start of the academic year, guided by a sixth former perspective.   Feedback from students and parents\carers   “I just wanted to drop you a note to say Thank You for hosting a wonderful summer school last week. My daughter had an awesome week meeting new friends, exploring the school and of course learning lots!  It really was a fabulous week and now she is excited and ready for September.  Please pass on our thanks to the teachers, sixth-formers and all the staff.”  “I'd also like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all the staff involved in putting on this week. It has been great for the girls to get the chance to feel a bit more comfortable in their new surroundings and start making new friends. After a long and testing academic year it really is very generous of so many people to volunteer their time. “  Year 10 Summer School The Year 10 summer school in English offered provision for students to benefit from additional support in both English Language and English Literature. This included some revision of key skills including language analysis and reading strategies and introductory work on a set text in English Literature. It enabled some diagnosis of student's needs in order to inform an ongoing programme of support throughout year 11. Summer School Funding Funds Claimed from the Department for Education (695 student days of summer school) £39,485 NB Loreto delivered the summer school at 5% less than the DfE allocation of £299 per student per week with an actual average cost of £285 Costs:- Staffing – including all oncosts for 36 external and internal teaching and support staff (11 days of summer school delivered) £18,506 Daily refreshments and lunch for all attendees £3,740 Special activities – hire of planetarium £590 Educational resources for all subjects taught (including full moderation and certification of the Arts Award) £7,027 Educational resources – including allowable investment in technology and equipment (demonstrating good value for money as this will be used subsequently for the long term benefit of the pupils) £7,649 Other – site costs and cleaning £1,973 Total Cost £39,485  Read More
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