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National Online Safety provide CPD accredited courses and educational resources to support UK schools to educate the whole school community in Online Safety.

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About National Online Safety

We are an independent online safety training provider founded by three fathers on a mission to keep children safe online. We believe that through our engaging Online Safety training and resources for school staff, parents and children, we can make a difference.

It is our mission to educate and empower trusted adults with the information they need to engage in meaningful dialogue between children and young people about the online world, their online activities and the ever-evolving risks that they are exposed to. We focus on both general online safety risks and platform specific risks to provide adults with easy to follow information which enables conversations between adults and children.

From our base in North Lincolnshire we provide digital online safety training and resources nationally to schools across the UK.

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Our Mission

It is our mission to empower teachers, school staff, parents and carers with the knowledge they need to keep children safe online.

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Our Vision

We aim to be at the forefront of educational awareness of internet safety in the UK. We make learning fun, interactive, challenging and memorable.

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Our Values

We are passionate about keeping children safe online. We focus on our own products, not those of our competitors. We have the courage to deliver a new approach to online safety training and resources.

How we started

The organisation started life back in 2017 when our Co-Founder James, a father of two, couldn’t find anything suitable to educate his two boys on online safety that would capture their attention just like their favourite storybooks do. James wrote ‘Oscar’s Adventures in the Online World’, a storybook that empowers parents to help their children to make informed decisions on the internet whilst engaging them in an adventurous story.

The book became popular with schools across the UK and there were numerous requests for training and resources to support the book, which ultimately led to the official formation of National Online Safety in 2017.

What we do

National Online Safety provide CPD accredited courses and educational resources delivered through a whole school community approach comprising of:

  • Designated safeguarding lead training

  • Staff training

  • Parent training

  • Classroom resources

  • Webinars on specific topics of interest

All of our training is delivered online through our learning hub so schools can easily share training, track completion and download certificates.

We encourage schools to adopt a whole school community approach and reward them through our certified school status. The status is only achieved once a school demonstrates that a % of their parents, staff and pupils have completed the training.

We strongly believe that awareness combined with education, through a joint approach between schools and the wider community, is the best school-led approach to online safety.

Our Senior Leadership Team

JAMESDirector
James is a father of two with over 13 years’ experience in communications and social media. James is passionate about the positive uses of technology, a CEOP ambassador, former communications manager for a FTSE 100 company and has experience of running his own digital marketing business. James is married to a practising primary school teacher.
JOEDirector
Joe is a father of two with over 10 years’ experience in digital and social media. Joe is also passionate about technology, a CEOP ambassador, former digital communications manager and alongside James has experience of previously running his own social media and digital marketing business. Joe is married to a practising primary school teacher.
NEILDirector
Neil is a father of one (soon to be two) with over 10 years’ experience as a Director in education and training. Neil has experience of running a number of successful training providers focused on CPD, accredited and vocational training in schools, as well as spending a number of years in different industries consulting on training solutions and digital learning platforms.
CHRISSenior Online Safety Consultant
Chris is a father with nearly 20 years’ experience working with professionals from schools, police, youth offending and social services in relation to safeguarding and online safeguarding. A former member of the LSCB and Foster and Adoption panels, Chris is passionate about safeguarding children and young people, is a CEOP ambassador and a former Head of Communications for one of only 3 local authorities rated Ofsted outstanding. Chris heads up the webinar programme for NOS and provides keynote speeches to educational events across the UK.
NATALIATraining Manager
Natalia is a mother of one with over 10 years’ experience in further education, and is a recognised professional trainer in confidentiality, data protection, safeguarding vulnerable adults and children. Natalia also has an MA in International Information and is a communications, PR and Media specialist. Natalia has also worked as a Youth Advisor (Recruitment and Involving Young People in Education), Safeguarding Specialist (equality, diversity and data protection) and is a former producer and editor of TV projects.
KIRSTYResources & Content Manager
Kirsty is a specialist in digital training and filmography. Kirsty is a media graduate with over 5 years’ experience in social media, development of educational resources and training courses, research and communications. Kirsty is a trained CEOP ambassador, with a drive to keep children safe online through ensuring our resources are continually up-to-date with the latest tech advancements and policy.

Our Advisory Panel

We call upon specific areas of external expertise when developing our training, resource and support packages. We have a strong network of experts in place who have helped us to develop our offering and continue to help us further develop it:

Fay has over 12 years’ experience in online safety and has helped to develop the NOS training programme for school leaders and staff. Prior to working with National Online Safety, Fay embedded online child safety learning and policy into Telefonica UK to 3000+ employees, co-created the Home Office guide for Teachers and other professionals to help young people understand online safety and bullying, supported the delivery of the NSPCC Partnership, which included processes, related policies and governance. Fay is CEOP & Thinkuknow trained, successfully delivered CEOP online safety workshops to children (Over 4000), parents, teachers and university lecturers and delivered online safety presentations to Coventry Council and the NSPCC.

Anna has over 24 years’ experience in education as a teacher, trainer, consultant, and Interim Executive Board member. Anna has gained a fantastic understanding of pedagogy, school improvement, leadership and what works. She is passionate about placing prevention at the heart of every school, integrating mental wellbeing within the curriculum, school culture and systems. As a member of the advisory group for the Department of Education, advising them on their mental health green paper, Anna operates at the forefront of new initiatives and her passion is to drive these forward to the benefit of schools, school leaders and of course pupils and students. Anna is an accredited facilitator for the Academic Resilience Approach (Young Minds), Youth Mental Health First Aid Trained as well as a licensed PATHS trainer promoting alternative thinking strategies.

John has worked with schools and academies, educational charities and commercial groups across the UK and abroad to provide coaching and training, to support school improvement and ensure the wellbeing of learners and adults who work with, and for, them. Seconded from secondary school leadership, John lead the transformation of a 2-school research project into an effective, multi-agency wellbeing programme across the UK and overseas, with unique evidence of health benefit and educational improvement. John is passionately committed to improving the achievement and life chances of children and young people, through the professional development of individuals and organisations.

Craig is a Criminologist, Urban Youth Specialist, Lecturer at the University College Birmingham and is one of the UK’s leading activists in responding to Gangs and Serious Youth Violence. He is an JNC qualified Youth Worker with over 15 years’ experience. Craig delivers interactive workshops for young people and bespoke training for professionals and is responsible for conducting and collating research in the sector.

Kate is a child protection lawyer and for the last 15 years she’s been working with local authorities, parents and children in order to help them navigate the difficult world of child protection. Kate works with practitioners across all sectors to help them understand how they are best placed to protect and safeguard the young people they work with on a day in and day out basis.

Claire is an experienced technology journalist with over 20 years’ experience in the field. Claire assists in research and writing our #WakeUpWednesday free online safety guides for schools and their communities. Claire has written about technology and the web since 1998 and is the former editor of Web User – the UK’s best-selling internet magazine – and was a regular member of the judging panel for the UK’s annual Internet Industry Awards.

Leah is a current Primary School Teacher with over 13 years’ experience in education. Leah sits on her school’s SLT and helps in developing the Early Years and Key Stage 1 learning resources in line with the UKCCIS ‘Education for a Connected World’ framework which is referenced as a suggested online safety curriculum in the DfE’s revised statutory guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ which came into effect in September 2018.

Laura is a current Primary School Teacher with over 8 years’ experience in education. Laura is a middle leader in her school and helps in developing the Key Stage 2 learning resources in line with the UKCCIS ‘Education for a Connected World’ framework which is referenced as a suggested online safety curriculum in the DfE’s revised statutory guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ which came into effect in September 2018.

Katie is a qualified Teacher with experience in a primary setting. Katie helps in developing the Key Stages 1 & 2 learning resources in line with the UKCCIS ‘Education for a Connected World’ framework which is referenced as a suggested online safety curriculum in the DfE’s revised statutory guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ which came into effect in September 2018.

Diana is a former Senior Leader within a Secondary School with over 15 years’ experience in education. Diana also supports education providers in North Lincolnshire with Education Health and Care plans. Diana helps in developing the Key Stage 3 & 4 learning resources in line with the UKCCIS ‘Education for a Connected World’ framework which is referenced as a suggested online safety curriculum in the DfE’s revised statutory guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ which came into effect in September 2018.

Sam is head of mobile technology for a leading firm in Leeds and brings a wealth of experience to the table relating to mobile applications and technology advancements. Sam is a tech-obsessed (self titled) ‘geek’ and helps in an advisory capacity with our courses and guides to ensure we are on point when it comes to advising on mobile technology, applications and the way technology is being used by young people.

Tim is the Senior Manager of New Jubilee Company – LLB, LLM. Tim has 15 years’ experience in data and information governance, in various roles across the public and charitable sector. Data protection specifically I’ve been involved with since 2016, so over 3 years now.Tim’s experience covers all aspects of data management and data privacy across the public sector, charity sector and not-for-profit sector. He has worked with and advised local authorities, schools, charities and businesses to help develop their staff and develop their resilience to data threats. Tim’s research background covers data privacy, social policy and rights-based advocacy.

Our Training & Resources

  • All National Online Safety training courses for school staff are CPD Certified courses, reviewed by an independent CPD organisation. The CPD Certification Service provides support, advice and recognised independent CPD accreditation compatible with global CPD principles.

  • All Online Safety courses are delivered in line with the most recent statutory guidance ‘Keeping children safe in education’ (KCSIE) 2018.

  • All courses are developed by online safety experts and are regularly updated.

  • Only known credible sources are used and referenced throughout the training.

  • All staff completing the online training courses must complete a CPD certified exam at the end of the course which ensures the staff member has understood and can put into practice the learnings from the training.

  • Only when the staff member has completed the course at the required pass rate will the certificate of completion be issued.

  • All training is in line with the Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ framework and includes downloadable certificates in line with requirements for evidence.

  • All learning resources are directly in line with the UKCCIS ‘Education for a Connected World’ framework which is referenced within the revised DfE statutory guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’

  • All our courses and resources have been designed and developed by teachers.

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Testimonials

Just completed my online safety course and wanted to feedback that I found it interesting, informative and easy to access. The monthly updates are going to be a great way for us to keep up to date with the latest issues and I also really like the parent guides. I have had some positive feedback from others who have started the training so really glad we got on board.  

Anna Barrow, Deputy Head, Holme Valley Primary Schools

Interestingly, an issue arose with a young child in school and her grandmother took the child over to one of your posters we have on display, and used it to explain the dangers of their actions to the child ! Hooray! 

Catherine Kelly, Headteacher, Sacred Heart School

National Online safety provided an up to date and easily accessible forum which ensures that all of our staff are well versed in keeping our school community safe. The online element made it very easy for all staff to complete the training, especially as there was flexibility which allowed you to stop and continue with your training at a later stage if required. The CPD was clear and concise, so staff felt confident in completing it independently.

Staff have mentioned how the training highlighted more than they were aware of with regards to E-Safety.

The guides have been informative and very helpful to the parents of our school. Parents have commented on “It’s encouraging to see a school take E-safety so seriously”

Zed Annan, Behaviour Manager, Christ's College Guildford

I’m delighted to report that a good number of our staff have registered and started to make use of the training material. 

We shared the news with parents last week and whilst I know it’ll take a number of reminders I’m encouraged to see that we’ve already had some register and start to access the material.  

David Hockin, School Business Manager, Banister Primary School

We wanted to be able to evidence our commitment to protecting students online. The holistic approach of the scheme in terms of the whole school community impressed.

The training offered a good balance of video, text and assessment of learning.

The monthly updates and webinars service is impressive in terms of keeping up with the latest developments in the rapidly changing online world.

Our school community has talked about the training and how enlightening it was.

It is reassuring in terms of feeling that we have professional guidance and back up in seeking to protect our community from the dangers online.

Jeremy Kerslake, Vice Principal, Concord College

We chose NOS because up to date guides are available for parents and it meets the new requirements of KCSIE.

Staff found the training very easy to navigate.

Governors are pleased that this is in place and staff are reassured that they can point parents to the website for guidance.

The resources are very clear and a truly valuable resource, thank you.

Mrs K Moss, Headteacher, Clearwater C of E Primary Academy

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