As a Safe Guarding school, we take our role of ensuring the safety of all pupils very seriously.
The work we do with pupils in Safe Guarding is embedded across the curriculum, ranging from teaching pupils how to be safe when using public transport, Stranger Danger as well as the safe use of the internet and social networking sites.
In our rapidly changing world of technology, we recognise that ESafety is an increasingly important part of our pupils education. ESafety is imbedded in our ICT Policy and is an integral part of the ICT curriculum.
At Brookfields, we recognise the importance of ensuring that our students understand how to stay safe in a world where technology and the internet play an increasing part in daily life. We recognise that many of our students want to use the latest ways of gaming, messaging, sharing and exchanging photos; this invariably entails access to the internet and involves encounters with people outside of their immediate experience. To support them in being able to do this, E-Safety teaching is incorporated from Year 6 and is a more formalised part of the curriculum throughout Key Stage 3, 4 and 6th Form. It is very much informed by our strategy of making Safeguarding central to everything we do, but also incorporates large parts of our curricula on Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE), Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) and Social Skills.
During Year 5 and 6, PSHE teaching starts to link messages on personal safety to the context of computing and the internet and how students should conduct themselves safely on internet sites and when using mobile phones.
From Year 7, students follow a course of E-Safety lessons for a term in each academic year. These lessons concentrate on building understanding of personal safety and appropriate social skills in a range of contexts including texting, gaming and social media. They are highly interactive sessions which allow the students to practice skills in avoiding and de-escalating conflict, dealing with cyberbullying and conducting themselves appropriately in a range of online scenarios.
In Key Stage 4 and 6th Form, these lessons develop to incorporate more age-appropriate messages around personal safety and sex and relationships in the context of more prevalent use of the internet. The focus is very much on safeguarding and personal safety. At this stage some students are able to access an accredited Level One course in E-Safety through the British Computer Society. This course content is differentiated to meet the needs of our students and involves an online assessment to achieve the qualification.