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As you may be aware, Tuesday 28th June is a PACT Online Safety Day.
This time, we will be running a competition open to all children across the trust. As you know, we currently have Hector the dolphin which is a child-activated safety button. Hector the Dolphin has been keeping children safe online for many many years but sadly it is time for him to retire and for someone new to take his place.
We thought it would be great if the children could design their own character to be a child-led safety button, along with a name and some additional information, such as likes/dislikes.
The winner from each school will then have their design turned into a real computer program which will run on all of the computers in school for the next 12 months. If successful, we will then look to run this competition again next year.
The closing date for entries will be Monday 4th July.
Please find below two posters which explain the competition to children.
Classes will all be asked to look at their entries and nominate three to be put forward as their final 'class entries'.
The winners will then be chosen by our Online Safety Little Leaders and announced in due course.
We look forward to seeing some amazing designs for our new PACT Safety Button.
The Online Safety Team
Last week Mr Gulzar and Miss Downes welcomed Sir Michael Wilshaw, Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools, Lorna Fitzjohn OFSTED's Regional Director and Jane Millward HMI to Highfield School to discuss Safeguarding in Birmingham.
Mr Gulzar said "It was a very productive meeting discussing how professionals across Birmingham could further improve safeguarding for our pupils. We were able to talk about in detail the good work that currently takes place across the PACT and learn of other great practice elsewhere.' Miss Downes added 'Safeguarding continues to be at the fore front of all we do and as an organisation, we are continually looking for ways to be even better.'
Our latest Prince Albert Community Trust Online Safety Update newsletter is out now!
Produced on a half termly basis to keep you up-to-date with Online Safety news, new ICT initiatives and ways in which you can help to keep your family safe both online and when using emerging technology.
We hope you enjoy reading 'Issue 10: May 2016' online now.
In this issue we celebrate Prince Albert Primary School successfully being awarded the e-Safety Mark award, take a look at a popular new app called ooVoo and we also look at alternatives to main stream search engines such as Google and Bing...Finally, why not learn about online safety together by finding out more about reverse image searching. We hope you enjoy this issue.
If you have a concern regarding your child's use of the internet at home or in school, you can speak to one of our Online Safety Leads for support and advice.
Mr Gulzar and Prince Albert School have been selected for a top role supporting schools in challenging circumstances.
Mr Gulzar is one of 107 headteachers nationally to be appointed to the role of National Leader of Education (NLE) in the latest recruitment round.
NLEs along with staff in their school - designated a National Support School - use their success and professionalism to provide additional leadership capability in other schools.
NLEs are deployed to suit the needs of each school needing support, or to those in transition to academy status. They also have responsibility for bringing on the next generation of NLEs and National Support Schools.
Mr Gulzar upon receiving news of this award said: I am really pleased that the work of Prince Albert School and it’s staff has been recognised in this way. My colleagues and I will continue to work hard to improve education for as many pupils as we can.
Many NLEs report improved outcomes at the schools they support. Roger Pope, Chair of the National College for Teaching and Leadership, said:
“It’s fantastic that heads like Sajid have the passion and ambition to help improve the life chances of young people not just in their own but in other schools as well.
“The aim of National Leaders of Education is to drive improvement in underperforming schools. We now have over 1,100 NLEs and we will be working to increase this number further to spread educational excellence everywhere.”
Successful heads will be invited to attend a formal induction and training event for the role in driving school improvement.
We will keep you updated with how this role develops and the schools we are supporting.