Returning to School
With schools returning to regular practice, there's so much to think about! Some of us may not have seen our classrooms for some time and the thought of learning a whole new set of pupils names may be proving more difficult than usual. Although we can't help with some of these problems, we understand that going back to school can be a stressful time for many.
That's why we've put together a bundle of resources that schools can use for the new year. Covering everything from social media to safeguarding, SWGfL want to ensure you are as prepared as you can possibly be when it comes to online safety.
Things have certainly changed but that doesn't mean the new school year can't be a safe and productive one!
Digital Tools for your Return to School
Online Safety Training
Online safety training for staff, children & parents, delivered by experts both face-to-face or online
An online software solution to help schools monitor their students' behaviors when surfing the Internet
Whisper® Anonymous Reporting Tool
Anonymous reporting that empowers your community to speak up in safety.
Professionals Online Safety Helpline
Online Safety helpline for professionals who work with children and young people in the UK
Swiggle.org.uk - Child Friendly Search
Swiggle is a child friendly search engine designed to help young people with their first steps on the internet
We run a number of helplines, use our flowchart to find out which helpline is most suitable for your query
Test your Internet connection to see if it blocks illegal child abuse and terrorist content
Data Protection Services
We have partnered with Firebird to provide a range of Data Protect services for schools
Back to School Resources
Safe Remote Learning
Whether your school is closed or not, delivering classes online can be helpful. Here's the lowdown on organising classes online so they are trouble free
Video Conferencing for Kids: Safeguarding and Privacy Overview
Never have video conferencing services been as important as they are right now. No longer are they a novelty but vital for us all to stay connected, whether home, school or work.
So You Got Naked Online
A resource that offers strategies to support the issues resulting from sexting incidents
Education Professionals - Remote Working
A resource guide for education professionals when working from home.
Online Safety Considerations for Reopening of Schools
We have drawn together the following guidance as helpful pointers to reopening your school.
Covid-19: Expectations and Effects on Children Online
SWGfL report on the expectations and effects lockdown has had towards children online.
Safer Blended Learning
With the enduring threat of local restrictions being applied at any given time, schools should be considering ‘Blended Learning’ as part of their strategy.
Social Media Checklists
We have a number of useful resources available to download on our store so why not check it out.
Working with SWGfL provides the Trust with a single point of contact, they understand our schools and the problems we face.
Useful Back to School Articles
September Computer Curriculum - Barefoot Resources for Early Years Foundation Stage
Barefoot computing have provided resources, designed to show professionals what Computational Thinking looks like in the EYFS in response to the removal of technology from the new EYFS statutory coming in September.
26th July 2021
Law Commission Publishes Recommendations to Tackle Online Abuse
Today, the law commission has published new recommendations to address harm online through protecting victims of online abuse as well as aiming to protect freedom of expression. Find out what was put forward
21st July 2021
New Government Strategy Launched to Combat Misinformation Online
Caroline Dinenage, Minister for Digital and Culture launched a new Online Media Literacy Strategy to help combat misinformation online. The strategy has been brought forward to support teachers, carers, youth workers and librarians in their skills to help children and young people in spotting misinformation online.
15th July 2021
ProjectEVOLVE - Knowledge Map Feature Has Launched
We are pleased to announce that the long anticipated Knowledge Map feature for ProjectEVOLVE has now officially launched for years 1, 3, 4, 5, 7 and 10. Find out how this new feature can revolutionise how professionals engage with their students in this latest blog.
12th July 2021