NOS Certified School Community Case Study – Clearwater C of E Primary Academy
Clearwater is a Primary Academy on the edge of Gloucester, established in 2017. It is part of the Diocese of Gloucester Academies Trust and since its foundation has forged very close links with the local church. As it is a new school, there are currently just 38 pupils in two classes, but is working towards eventual capacity of over 450 and is ambitious to embed first class policies and practices across the school, ready for each new intake.
The new school SLT was keen to find a way of giving parents access to regularly updated online safety guidance to help support the e-safety information taught to pupils in class. After finding out about National Online Safety, Clearwater had a consultation call to discuss their training and information needs and found that Certified School Community membership would suit their requirements. The range of easily accessible online training aligns with the Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance, which really chimed with the school’s leaders.
“The resources are very clear and a truly valuable resource.”
– Kate Moss, Headteacher
In review, the Headteacher says that staff found the online training courses as “very easy to navigate” and were reassured that they could easily refer parents to the library of online information and resources. They have also said the downloadable resources included in NOS membership – including lesson plans and activity packs – have become a “truly valuable resource” for the teaching staff to rely upon. And Governors have collectively said they are pleased to see the staff take such an active approach to online safety and use a service that is powered by experts.
Because the school is currently small, this enabled them to be nimble and progress to meet the requirements to achieve Certified School status in just one month from joining. This shows how the package can work for schools of all sizes and stages and can be achieved quickly if this is a goal for the SLT.