Online safety is top class for St Leonard's Primary School

Pupils at Padiham's St Leonard's Primary School should hopefully be safer online after the school completed a safety training programme.

Friday, 16th April 2021, 12:30 pm

The school has received a National Online Safety Certified School Accreditation for its whole-school community approach to protecting children in the online world.

In addition, the school has also achieved National Online Safety’s Safe Remote Education Accreditation – showcasing the excellent provision which they have in place.

Headteacher Beverly Holmes said: “The online environment offers a wealth of potential when creating a curriculum which draws on pupils individual strengths and interests. However, pupils need to know how to navigate this safely.

St Leonard's pupils with the certification
St Leonard's pupils with the certification

"This environment gives them the opportunity to foster connections with the wider world exploring other countries, cultures and environments.”

Year 6/5 class teacher and computing co-ordinator Matthew Gaukroger said: “The involvement from staff and parents has meant that we’ve had more people involved in our school community than we did last year. With the accreditation next year, we hope to make that bigger again.”

National Online Safety is a multi-award-winning digital training provider with extensive resources in online safety, developed in line with the Department of Education’s statutory requirements.

Its CPD-accredited courses and educational resources support UK schools in educating the whole school community – including all school staff, senior leaders, teachers and parents – in online safety and making the internet a safer place for children.

James Southworth, co-founder of National Online Safety, said: “Congratulations to everyone at St Leonard’s Church of England Primary School on becoming a National Online Safety Certified School. By completing our training programme, the school has shown its strong commitment to implementing an effective whole-school approach to online safety.

“It can be increasingly difficult for schools and parents to stay ahead of online threats and ensure both children and staff are safeguarded from potentially harmful and inappropriate online material.”