A number of schools in and around Birmingham have shown outstanding dedication to online safeguarding by becoming certified with National Online Safety.
Right now, the area has more schools with this accolade than anywhere else in the UK - In the last two months alone, seven new schools have earned their NOS certified school shield!
To achieve this, schools are required to go above and beyond in their online safeguarding duties. Teaching and non-teaching staff are expected to complete up-to-date training courses, whilst school leads need to roll out resources and guides to their entire school community, including parents and carers.
By doing so, trusted adults across Birmingham have ensured that a large number of children and young people in the area are kept safe online – both at home and in school.
If your school is interested in becoming certified with us, click here to join and find out more.
John O’Shea is head of Maths and Computing atOur Lady’s Catholic Primary School in Tile Cross. He was particularly enthusiastic about the certification.
"Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School are delighted to be awarded National Online Safety Certified School status for 2020/21,” He said.
“Ensuring our pupils are fully aware of the dangers online and how to become responsible users of the internet has always been a priority in school, but this has become more apparent during lockdown and the introduction of online learning platforms.
“I am delighted that the staff and parents have managed to work together, to complete the necessary training to achieve the National Online Safety Certified School status, whilst also trying to navigate the pressures from the current pandemic. "
To read more about Our Lady's Catholic Primary School's online safety journey, click here.
Andy Tunstall is headteacher at Yorkswood Primary School in Solihull. He also stressed the timely importance of online safety in schools.
“This is an important aspect of our work, especially at this time of increased emphasis on home learning,” he explained.
“We have made great strides in offering devices to those who may not have them and being able to make sure that our learners are safe is at the forefront of our thoughts.”
To read a full case study from the team at Yorkswood, click here.