NOS Certified School Community Case Study – St Bartholomew’s C of E VC Primary School
St Bartholomew’s is a Church of England primary serving a small town in North Worcestershire. After converting to Academy status in 2017, the school had a fresh opportunity to take a different approach to several core areas, including online safety provision.
After searching for a service that would meet the needs of in-school staff and parents, the school contacted National Online Safety for a consultation. As the teaching staff at St Bartholomew’s wanted digital access to constantly up-to-date, easy-to-follow guidance that would lead to official recognition or certification, National Online Safety’s Certified School Community membership proved an ideal match.
The school valued the breadth of topics covered, the clarity of the courses and resources, and the currency of the information. They were also “impressed” that the learning platform could be accessed from anywhere at any time and there are tailored courses for teachers “and those outside of the classroom”.
“Everyone within the school community has been very impressed with the NOS package that we use, from the staff using the resources and completing the courses to the governors and the parents who access it or just view the information leaflets that we attach to the weekly newsletters.”
– Sue Helps, Head Teacher
The school has done excellent work to engage parents on online safety, so the new approach feels cohesive for children both at school and at home. Firstly, they made the Online Safety Course for Parents available – this is a critical element of achieving Certified School Community status. They have also created a section of their website dedicated to their e-safety activity and have posted essential information, guides and useful links for parents. They also send the NOS #WakeUpWednesday guides – quick visual guides on internet safeguarding and trending apps, games and memes – in their regular newsletters.
Upon successfully achieving Certified School Community status in a little over a year, the school team said they were “extremely happy” with their membership and the various support and guidance offered by NOS along the way. Now in their second year of membership, the teachers say they are looking forward to further updating their knowledge and awareness as the courses and resources are updated.