Making a success of technology

Our Team have created education programmes for students and staff that range from cyber bullying prevention to protecting professional identity; creation of school improvement strategies and production of innovative support materials.

Online Safety and Computing Training

Our specialist team of online safety experts delivers a wide range of training and awareness sessions to organisations that work with children and young people.

We deliver sessions specifically tailored to the audience, which can cover a range of online safety topics, according to your requirements. We have an international reputation and are often asked to train organisations such as HMI.

As one of the three partners in the UK Safer Internet Centre, we are able to work across the UK (and beyond), in a range of education settings, from early years through to universities, as well as alongside foster & adoption carers, police teams, social workers, and more.

To find out more about our sessions and to book, select one of the boxes below:

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Child Sessions

Our sessions for children are interactive and up-to-date, here we talk to young people at their level about the technology they are using today. We encourage discussion and interaction and because of this we usually seek to keep the group sizes to a maximum of 60 children.

  • £475 for any 1 or 2 of our sessions (or up to 3 hours consultancy time) + travel + VAT
  • £700 for any 3 or more of our sessions (or up to 6 hours consultancy time) + travel + VAT
  • Key Stage 1

    Children are making use of technology and the internet from an increasingly younger and younger age. Ofcom determined in 2016 that 32% of 5-7 year olds now own their own tablet device whereas only 36 months earlier, this figure was 0…a revolution. Online safety strategies for this age group have never been required as much as they are today. This session focusses on asking a parent or carer first before using devices and introduces simple concepts of safety.

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  • Key Stage 2

    Technology is widely available to Primary aged children and an Ofcom study indicates the age for a first smart phone ownership in the UK is 9 yrs of age. This session introduces KS2 children to realistic ways of keeping themselves safe online. Discussing privacy, gaming, bullying, video broadcasting and technology in general we look at the pros and cons of an online world and introduce the students to rules, behaviours and ideas designed to build their resilience in the online world.

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  • Key Stage 3

    Often confident (but sometimes not competent) users of the technology, advice to KS3 students is vital in keeping themselves safe. This session is aimed at a generation growing with the internet. It looks at digital footprints, reputation, critical reasoning, body image, social networking, sexuality and other issues facing this group. Providing a balanced view of online behaviours we aim to give the young people strategies and information to aid in coping with and supporting their online lives as well as those around them.

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  • Key Stage 4

    At the later stages of their education students are given the opportunity to listen and discuss the issues affecting them and adults. Considerations are digital footprint, online literacy, fear of missing out, body image, data harvesting and many other more complex issues they will face in their adult lives whilst on line. The session aims to provide them with some ideas to help them maintain a positive and creative online presence when entering the work place and adult life.

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Staff Sessions

  • £475 for any 1 or 2 of our sessions (or up to 3 hours consultancy time) + travel + VAT
  • £700 for any 3 or more of our sessions (or up to 6 hours consultancy time) + travel + VAT
  • Introduction to Online Safety

    A course designed for professionals working with children and young people to familiarize themselves with the current online safety landscape in terms of technologies and the behaviours that develop around them. It will give an introduction to current trends and issues as well as outlining statutory obligations and signposting useful resources. Duration 60-90 minutes

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  • Staff Development Sessions

    A course designed for professionals working with children and young people that explores the risks around technology both professionally and personally, how they might occur and how to manage and escalate responses. Duration 60-90 minutes

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  • Multi Agency Training

    This course is ideally suited for local authority training and has been designed for all professionals working with children and young people. This one day scenario based course takes apart some of the issues and illustrates how best professionals can deal with the online age and issues in a common sense, practical and robust way. The aim of this course is to empower professionals with knowledge and skills to identify and respond appropriately to online incidents. Duration full day

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Parent Sessions

Many parents use technology widely today but still worry about what their children do online. Most children will manage their online lives well and build their own coping mechanisms just as they do with real life threats. They do however use the technology often in different ways to adults and this can bring its own problems. This session provides parents with a window into the current popular technologies and how young people utilise them. Demonstrating the massive positives and potential pitfalls, the interactive presentation provides parents with advice, coping strategies and resources to help them understand and engage with their child’s online lives. Duration 90 mins

  • £300 as an evening session (from 5pm)
  • £475 for any 1 or 2 of our sessions (or up to 3 hours consultancy time) + travel + VAT
  • £700 for any 3 or more of our sessions (or up to 6 hours consultancy time) + travel + VAT
  • Session Resources

    We know schools find it difficult to get parents to come along to these sessions so we have put together some tools to help you get more parents through the doors. Over the years we have gathered some useful hints and tips to help you promote your parents evening and ensure it is well attended. Here are some suggestions you might like to try:

    Letter Template

    Flyer/Poster

    SMS - Use SMS to get your message out as this can be very effective with parents.

    Raffle - We have had experience of schools gaining success from holding a raffle on the evening. Do you know of a local business that could sponsor the event and in turn offer an enticing prize?

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  • Survey

    The exciting and unique element to our parent sessions is that they can be tailored completely by using a short pupil survey which will give the consultant details specific to your school and children. The results can be very interesting and enlightening. Most significantly, these provide us with an insight into the online habits and behaviour of the children in your school and the results, anonymised, are presented to the parents are specific to their children, and not generic results.

    The preference is a whole school questionnaire but the minimum we ask is at least a class size (30+). We ask that the survey be completed at least one week prior to the session (should only take 5 minutes) in order to allow assimilation of the data. The survey can be accessed at the below link. Information gained from the survey will not be used to identify any school without permission and any research will be strictly anonymised.

    Survey

Bespoke Training

The wide experience of the Online Safety team has given rise to the knowledge that not every audience has the same requirements or cohort of children and young people. Over the years we have learnt that there are settings with unique issues. Working across such organisations as Alternative Provision Schools, Foster and Adoption agencies, Police child protection units and with overseas clients has lent flexibility to the organisation. Our trainers are happy to use that flexibility and extensive knowledge to design training sessions suitable for your audience. All it takes is a conversation.

  • £475 for any 1 or 2 of our sessions (or up to 3 hours consultancy time) + travel + VAT
  • £700 for any 3 or more of our sessions (or up to 6 hours consultancy time) + travel + VAT
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Meet the Trainers

Ken is Online Safety Director and SMT member with South West Grid for Learning Trust drawing on twenty years as a teacher and school leader and ten years as a BECTA award-winning Education Adviser with Plymouth’s ICT Team.

Ken’s broad canvas of experience and engaging presentation style has seen him work with a wide range of educators and agencies. He has trained all Education, Social Care and Early Years HMIs in aspects of online safeguarding and is responsible for shaping inspectors briefing sheets and training in online safety.

He developed and wrote the multi award-winning 360 degree safe online safety self-review tool and Online Compass tool. Along with fellow director, David Wright, he also created the BETT award-winning BOOST toolset for children’s settings.

He works with a broad range of national and international organisations and has spoken at global conferences in the Middle East, South Korea, Azerbaijan, Greece, Spain, Estonia, Europe and the US. He has recently written Online Safety standards with AQDAR for schools in UAE.

David is the Senior Manager responsible for budget, the UK Safer Internet Centre and EU partnerships. He chairs the NEN Safeguarding group and has worked extensively in the area of online safety for many years not only with children, schools and wider communities but also with partner agencies such as the Police, CEOP and Childnet.

David has presented at online safety conferences both home and abroad and currently chairs the National Education Network Safeguarding Group in the UK as well as a member of the CEOP Education Advisory panel and the National Council for the NetSmartz Workshop in the US.

More recently, David has been appointed to the UK Council for Child Internet Safety and actively participates with the Council’s education and public awareness working groups.

Alan is a police officer currently on secondment to the South West Grid for Learning from the Avon and Somerset Constabulary’s Internet Child Abuse Team. Alan’s secondment is looking at strengthening the collaboration between the law enforcement agencies and Local Authorities across the South West for the safeguarding of children in online environments. He is a member of the CEOP Education Advisory Board and was Childrens Champion of the Year in 2007.

Working with police, education, health, fostering and adoption agencies and other public and private agencies Alan has developed his knowledge and presentations to promote a wide and balanced view of online safety and protection in both the adult and child worlds. His unique position has led to Alan presenting at conferences as far afield as Singapore, Africa and parts of Europe.

Alan has also served with the police in Bermuda. With years of experience of intelligence work, his current role concentrates on dangerous and paedophile offenders. Continued work within the Police and working in schools regularly with all ages of children allows Alan to offer real and practical advice on the current issues and challenges the Internet offers along with the real positives.

Peter was a teacher and Assistant Headteacher for 29 years with responsibility for student welfare in a UK school. He had overall pastoral responsibility in the school and was the designated Child Protection Officer. As a result of Peter’s increasing focus on internet safety he was invited to provide consultancy to the South West Grid for Learning and then, subsequently, to the UK Safer Internet Centre. Peter then left his teaching post in 2009 in order to develop training and resources in protecting children in the online world and is now widely known as a key note speaker and trainer. He addresses regional and national conferences and delivers workshops about the online world and its impact on the development of children and young people.

Peter’s main work is in schools, academies and FE and HE institutions and he delivers education about online activity and safety to pupils, students, staff and parents. His main passion is the work he undertakes with children and young people involving assemblies, classroom sessions, small group work, peer-led sessions and workshops. As a secondary trained teacher Peter admits that working with children and young people, from aged 4 up to 19, about the online world, makes him feel excited, inspired, sometimes frightened, and always ancient!

Ron became a founding member of the South West Grid for Learning E-Safety Group in 2005, while Headteacher of Priory Community School, a large secondary school in Weston super Mare.

More recently, Ron has held the challenging post of Headteacher of a Virtual School for Looked After Children in North Somerset as well as being invited to manage the council’s 14-19 broadband project.

In his continuing role as a School Improvement Partner to many Somerset secondary schools, he advises on a wide range of issues, complemented by his role as a school ICT Mark Assessor.

More recently, Ron has held the challenging post of Headteacher of a Virtual School for Looked After Children in North Somerset as well as being invited to manage the council’s 14-19 broadband project.

Andrew is an experienced educator with over 10 year’s primary experience in the two key stages. He has held roles at all levels of school management in Essex and in Herefordshire.

Following his primary school experiences, Andrew became the ICT Strategic Manager in Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council for over 2 years. This was followed by a secondment to the South Central Consortium delivering training and supporting strategic development of ICT in over 400 schools in South Wales.

Andrew is passionate about the use of technology in schools and supporting children, young people and adults with Online Safety and Data Protection issues. Combined with his skills in school improvement and the self-review cycle gives Andrew a unique breadth of knowledge and experiences. He is a self-confessed geek and advocate that technology enhances the learning experience and outcomes for all. A dedicated Dad to his two children (5 and 8 years old), a STEM and kitchen science fan. He enjoys making Indian food and is a wannabe Paul Hollywood trying his hand at bread making.

Andy Phippen is an Associate Professor of Social Responsibility in IT at Plymouth Business School. He has carried out research for many years on the public engagement of the Internet, the behavior of the technology sector and impact of ICTs on society.

He has worked as a research partner with SWGfL for five years collaborating on many projects related to young people’s use of Internet technologies and the role of the education professional in the engagement of such.

Recent major projects include a national study to be carried out on young people’s attitudes toward “sexting” and the largest study in the world exploring online safety policy and practice in UK schools. He lectures online safety to teacher trainees at his own University promoting awareness of both young people’s practice and professional identity and the impact of online spaces upon this. He lives in North Cornwall with his family and is vice chair of governors at St Kew Primary, his children’s school.

Jess is a trainer and consultant with a passion for online safety and digital citizenship. With a 1st class degree in Linguistics & Artificial Intelligence and an MBA (distinction), Jess began her career working in IT for a multi-national corporation, followed by a rollercoaster year at a mobile software start-up business.

Following this, Jess moved into the public sector, managing local authority services including learning and development, strategic planning, performance and self-evaluation. Jess has worked closely with colleagues including education, child protection, social work, police, health, elected members and voluntary sector bodies to review and transform services, and to prepare for and respond to inspection.

Throughout her career, Jess has regularly delivered training on a variety of topics, including digital participation and online safety. Jess also volunteers with the NSPCC, providing workshops in schools and for parents. Jess lives near Edinburgh and specialises in online safety within a Scottish context.

Sam is a trainer and consultant with a wide experience of safeguarding and online safety in the charity and youth sector, having worked for organisations like Girlguiding, Voluntary Services Overseas, Kidscape and other smaller charities. Sam's previous roles include working with the NSPCC, where she helped develop online safety education and resources for parents and staff members as part of the O2 NSPCC partnership. Prior to this Sam worked for The Scout Association as a Safeguarding Development Officer. In this role she worked with volunteers, young people and partners across the UK delivering training and developing resources. Sam is passionate about making sure young people's voices are heard and listened to and that adults working with young people understand how to create safe environments and recognise the opportunities the online world brings, in order to be positive online role models to the next generation.

Andy Wood is an experienced secondary school teacher who moved into Flintshire Local Authority in 2002 to support teachers in using ICT across the Curriculum. Since then he has supported hundreds of teachers in improving their digital skills and in understanding how to use technology in their teaching. After managing the education ICT unit in delivering ICT support services for schools, Andy accepted a secondment to the Welsh Government to become their professional advisor on e-Safety as part of the Learning in Digital Wales programme. Andy is passionate about ensuring young people have the necessary skills to keep themselves safe in the online space and works with parents, teachers and young people directly to deliver these key online safety messages.

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