Hello
It was lovely to catch up with most of you this week with our Primary Subject Leader Network Meetings.  We even met up with some of you in person!
It’s been a bit of a busy week with Ofsted visiting 3 of our schools.  Do remember that your website is one of their first opportunities to find out about your school so it’s a good time to give it a check over and make sure all links and so work.  If you have a Realsmart site, get in touch if you have any questions or concerns.
E Safety
A few e safety updates for you this week.  We are holding some briefings next week on Thursday 30th September and again on Tuesday 5th October.  If you would like to attend please get in touch with Julia on [email protected] to book your place.  It will be a virtual session starting at 4pm.
Parentzone are launching their new Internet Legends site and here is a link to the teacher support material that goes with it.  It is cross referenced to the National Curriculum across the school, and free https://parentzone.org.uk/teachertoolkit
Internet matters have just launched a new resource to tackle extremism.  We’d be interested to hear your views on the resource.  Find it here https://www.internetmatters.org/hub/news-blogs/going-too-far-tackle-extremism-with-this-classroom-resource/
I also had a look at this article with resources if you are having difficulty getting off to sleep.  It may be of some use to you for older students or for the families you work with.  https://howtosleep.co.uk/guides/the-complete-guide-to-insomnia/
With the new Children’s Code (find out more here) coming into effect and the Government Bill for Safe Online Use being introduced to Parliament (find out more here), some app companies have changed their settings.  Here is a brief summary of some:
Instagram
Limits – gives users the ability to automatically hide comments and direct message (DM) requests from other users who do not already follow or have recently followed them. Strong Warnings – when people try to post offensive comments they are warned before doing so, followed by a ‘really strong warning’ should they continue. Hidden Words – which allows users to filter abusive comments.  More information HERE.

TikTok
Privacy settings for under 16’s – these are now private by default for new users. Direct messaging for under 16’s – is now disabled – this is an interesting one, a lot of children use TikTok for messaging. If this is disabled will we see more children move to other popular messaging apps such as WhatsApp and FB Messenger? Direct messaging for 16-17’s – set to ‘No-One’ by default, the user has to actively change the setting. More information HERE.

Lego League

If you are taking part in our Lego League project during this term, don’t forget that the deadline for submitting your application for grant funding is 1st October.  If you aren’t taking part and would like to know more please get in touch, it’s a great opportunity to develop STEM subjects in the classroom as well as running as an out of school club.

I think that’s it for this week.  I hope you don’t get too blown away this weekend!

Amanda

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