Information for Parents: incl e-Safety and Safeguarding


Information for Parents/Carers:

Welcome to the section of the website dedicated specifically to parents.  This page is to help you support your child’s education in the best possible way.  It will tell you where to look on this website and others for information about your child’s school and the best way to help them grow as fabulous citizens of the future.  We are committed to safeguarding your children as can be seen in the statement and policy below:

Safeguarding Statement

Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy

St Theresa’s Accessibility Plan 2016 – 2018 v2

E-Safety for you and your child:

One of the most important areas you can help your child is by being computer savvy and understanding how important e-safety is for the overall development of your child’s well-being and education.  The link below is a Government site called “Think you know” and it will help you to understand how best to keep your child safe online both now and in the future:

www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents

The following are also useful links for parents on how to keep children safe online:

https://www.net-aware.org.uk/

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/share-aware/

We held on-line safety training in school and about 15 parents attended (which the LCC officer leading the training said was amazing!) and they loved it.  They recommended that I put the training module on the website so here it is:

Parents Online Safety Talk March 2017

I have also included some simple guides to help parents set up parental controls on your child’s Xbox and/or Apple devices:

Parental Guide for Apple Devices

Parental Guide for XBox Family Settings

Those of you who have been involved with the school for a while know that whilst I embrace and encourage modern technology I am also very cautious about the use of social media in school.  It can be a great force for good and I know many parents are on various platforms for social media including FaceBook, Snapchat and Twitter; all I would ask is that parents/carers exercise caution when posting or twitting anything to do with school and school life.  This is especially true of images that make contain pictures of children other than your own especially if you do this without prior permission from the other parents.  Parents should not attempt to be online friends with staff as this puts staff in a very compromised position as it is part of school policy that they should be as invisible online as possible.  The link below is the school’s e-Safety policy:

Online Safety Policy  

The children on the school council have been working on a booklet to help themselves to stay safe online; please click on the link below to take you to a PDF of the booklet.  Copies have been sent home with the children but it is also here for future reference:

Student Council Online Safety Leaflet 

We are all deeply committed to keep our young people safe online whilst at the same time giving them the skills and confidence to use the internet to its fullest potential for learning about our wonderful world.  We encourage parents to be vigilant and to monitor what their children are doing online and to be aware of who they are communicating with; we do this with regular updates and reminders on the weekly newsletter. (see below)

What other ways can I help my child?

The newsletter is a weekly publication, which comes home in paper form but is also published on the website under the NEWS tab, gives parents and carers the opportunity to know what is happening in school.  Mr Hutchinson keeps this up to date and also puts other information on this tab including the RE newsletters from the Diocese of Leeds.  It is important that you read the newsletter each week… and not just the sports reports!!

There is a lot of information on the school website much of which is in the OUR SCHOOL tab.  This includes:

  • The Curriculum Offer: this is the long term planning for your child and tells you what they will be studying each year
  • Our Staff: this tells you who works where in our school
  • OFSTED reports: this is a link to our last inpsection reports both for OFSTED and the Diocese.
  • School Policies:  this tab is specifically pitched at informing parents what school policies are in place and is organised to help you find the policy you want relating to different aspects of school life. These policies are updated all the time and if they are on here then they are likely to be very current.
  • Prospectus:  this is the best place to go to find out about how our school runs.  The prospectus is a very comprehensive document that tells you pretty much everything you need to know about our fabulous school.
  • SEND Offer: this is where parents need to look for information about Special Educational Needs.  There is also a tab for Child Protection and Safeguarding.
  • School results:  There are two tabs now for our brilliant results.  2014 and 2015 have been very successful years building on the success we also had in 2013.  Results are compared to National standards and local averages.

There is also information about our Mission Statement and Aims, our sports funding and how we use the additional funding we are given to support our most vulnerable pupils through the pupil premium.  We also have information about how we promote British Values in our school.

Behaviour and Bullying are always issues which some parents worry about in school.  We work hard as a staff to ensure that we have a safe and secure environment for all our pupils and the vast majority of them tell us that they are blissfully happy in school all the time! Our Student Council members put together the leaflet published below to help children who were feeling a little vulnerable to help them get things sorted out.  There is also a leaflet pitched at parents:

School Council Anti-Bullying Leaflet revised

Anti-bullying Policy for Parents and Children

We do speak to the children about bullying all the time and we encourage them to take a measured approach to it especially during Keeping Myself Safe week in the Spring Term.  Children can be unkind to one another but this is not always bullying.  We use the following definitions with the children to think about bullying in school:

When someone says or does something unintentionally hurtful and they do this once, that’s RUDE

When someone says or does something intentionally hurtful and they do this once, that’s MEAN

When someone says or does something intentionally hurtful and they keep doing it – even when you tell them to stop or show them that you’re upset – that’s BULLYING.

WE DO NOT TOLERATE BULLYING IN OUR SCHOOL and we will do everything we can to eliminate it but we cannot do anything to help if we don’t know it’s happening which is why it is so important that children and parents keep us informed of things that are making them unhappy.  It’s good to talk… it’s good to tell someone.  Our Learning Mentor, Mrs Rowbottom, will always be there to support our children if they are being treated unkindly or being bullied in school.

If ever you’re not sure about something in school then it is always a good to pop in an ask.  That said we hope our website provides parents with all the information they need to work in partnership with us so that we can all work to build God’s kingdom at St Theresa’s.