Wootey Safeguarding at a glance
Speak Out and Stay Safe
At Wootey Junior School we encourage all our children to 'speak out' if they are ever worried about keeping themselves safe. The children know that all our staff are here to listen to them and help them. The class 'Worry Boxes' are used to help children write down concerns if they are too shy to start a conversation but would like to talk to someone.
Every year we take part in a NSPCC in assembly. This year's featured Ant and Dec. Our school also took part in the NSPCC 'Number Day' to raise money for Childline. We were delighted to raise over £100 for the charity.
At Wootey, we aim to equip our children with a computing curriculum that will prepare them for an ever changing technological world. Our curriculum combines digital literacy (presenting and publishing information) with computer science (programming and control). The balance towards computer science increases as pupils move up through Key Stage 2. Online Safety is taught throughout every year group addressing issues appropriate to age. The lessons are based on resources from Common Sense Education.
In 2021 we updated our ICT infrastructure with a new set of laptops, iPads and Wi-Fi throughout. In addition each classroom is equipped with the latest technology touchscreen interactive whiteboards and we have a bank of visualisers which we use to support the curriculum.
Each class receives a weekly computing slot where they are taught specific skills, and computing is used widely to support all areas of the curriculum.
At Wootey Junior School we take Online safety seriously. It is our aim to provide children and adults with the necessary knowledge and skills to use the internet purposefully and safely.
In lessons and in assemblies:
Pupils are regularly reminded of the rules regarding internet use, sanctions are explained and used consistently when necessary
Children are taught to use the web safely. We take part in the National Internet Safety Day.
Children are not allowed use of mobile phones in school
Children are not allowed unauthorised access to chat rooms, message boards, messenger services or other 'social networking' websites in school
Children are only allowed access to subscription websites under direct teacher supervision
We have a number of children who have been trained by Hampshire Police to be our Cyber Ambassadors. They keep up to date with the latest ways to keep safe online and they share this with other children in the school.
Clever Never Goes
We teach our children the ‘Clever Never Goes’ programme which has been developed to replace the out-dated ‘stranger danger’ approach. Research shows that teaching children simply to avoid strangers fails to keep them safe. Strangers are often more likely to help a child than to harm them. Conversely, it can often be people known to children that pose the greatest threat.
Every year, children in Year 5 take part in a week long programme to teach them to ride a bicycle safely. The programme is called 'Bikeabilty' and is run by Hampshire County Council. Children are taught to control their bicycle effectively and the road awareness to ride a bike proficiently on a road.
Children who choose to ride a bicycle to school must always wear a helmet and store their bicycle in our bicycle shelter. We always recommend that they use a cycle lock to secure their bicycle.
Every year our Year 6 pupils take part in the 'Think Safe' event. The children are taught about various 'danger' scenarios by a host of agencies. Safety talks in recent visits have been led by led by the following:
1. Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service - showing pupils what to do in the case of a fire
2. Royal National Life Boat Institute - Beach Safety.
3. Police – Stranger Danger
4. Southern Domestic Abuse Service – Healthy Relationships
5. Hampshire County Council – Trading Standards
6. EHDC Community Team – Internet Safety
7. Dog’s Trust – dog awareness
Junior Road Safety Officer
At Wootey we regularly teach our children about road safety especially during our 'Walk to School' week in May. To promote road safety in our school, we train two of our children each year to be Junior Road Safety Officers (JRSO). Our JRSO are William Swansborough and Grace Willis. They work with Mr O'Brien and the School Council to promote road safety ideas in our school.