Covid-19

 

Please links to documents below that set out The Calder Learning Trust's actions and policies during the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

How we will communicate with you in the event of an emergency:

  • E-mail
  • Class Charts (Announcements)
  • School website
  • Social media (Twitter/Facebook)

Coronavirus Information:

In the event that the Calder Learning Trust has to close following government advice or an outbreak of Coronavirus in school, where possible, work will be set via the online systems that we already have in school these include:

  • Class Charts - will be used to set work for your child to complete during any period of closure. Students and parents should continue to view Class Charts on a daily basis.
  • Office 365 - some teachers may set additional work via Office 365. Most students have been trained how to use this system. Notification will be sent out via Class Charts when this system needs to be accessed. Year 11 will be able to share completed work with their subject teachers.

Office 365 & ClassCharts – Password Support:

If students do not know their password / class charts code they need to email icthelpdesk@calderlearningtrust.com quoting their full name, form, and date of birth & postcode to get their password reset. (Any information missing will not be able to get their password reset) as well as providing an email address that it is possible to respond to.

In the event of closure will maintain a live e-mail address for any technical enquiries with our systems which is:
icthelpdesk@calderlearningtrust.com

Contacting the school in emergency:

If you need to contact the school in the event of an emergency at any point please do so on the school phone number: 01422 883213 and further information will be given via automated message.
Please note that during a school closure we will not have any staff answering the phones but automated messages will give out details including emergency contact.

Documents/Information relating to Coronavirus:

Please also note the following information related to education. Parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

Mental Health Support for Young People

If your child is struggling during this difficult time, they can call our friends at The Mix for free support, every day of the week. Their helpline number is 0808 808 4994 and they are open between 4 and 11pm.

For urgent support, our Crisis Messenger text service is available all hours of the day. Your child just needs to text YM to 85258 to get through to a trained volunteer. We've also linked our find-help page below.

No one should struggle with their mental health alone. Please share if you feel these services may be helpful to someone you know.

 

Keeping Safe Online in Remote Learning 

Your child is taught how to use the Internet in a safe manor in their ICT lessons while at The Calder Learning Trust. However below is some resources that can help support you as a parent / carer to provide support.

For the latest government advice please click here

Useful websites to support parents with keeping your child safe online:

Thinkuknow by the National Crime Agency - Child Exploitation and Online Protection command (NCA-CEOP) - resources for parents and carers and children of all ages to help keep children safe online
Childnet has developed guidance for parents and carers to begin a conversation about online safety, as well as guidance on keeping under-fives safe online
Parent Info is a collaboration between Parent Zone and NCA-CEOP - support and guidance for parents and carers related to the digital world from leading experts and organisations
National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) - guidance for parents and carers to help keep children safe online
UK Safer Internet Centre - tips and advice for parents and carers to keep children safe online - you can also report any harmful content found online through the UK Safer Internet Centre
Inclusive Digital Safety Hub and Online Safety Hub, created by South West Grid for Learning in partnership with Internet Matters - support and tailored advice for young people with additional learning needs and their parents or carers
Parents’ Guide to Age Ratings explains how the British Board of Film Classification rates content, and gives parents advice on choosing online content well
Mental Health

If you are worried about your child’s mental health, the government has published guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak.

If you are worried that someone you know is suicidal, including your child, Samaritans provides advice on how you can support others.

Support for children
If your child is worried or needs support, they can get advice and support from Childline (0800 1111) or download the ‘For Me’ app.

If you need help to support your child’s mental wellbeing, this list of online education resources for home education includes mental wellbeing resources on how to support the wellbeing of children and young people.

Age-inappropriate Content and Parental Controls

If you have downloaded new apps or bought new technology to help stay connected at this time, remember to review and adjust privacy and safety settings if you or your child is signing up to a new online service.

Internet Matters has step-by-step guides on how to set up parental controls so that you can control what content your child can access online
the UK Safer Internet Centre has guidance on how to switch on family-friendly filters to prevent age-inappropriate content being accessed on devices in your home
the NSPCC has more information for parents or carers with concerns about their child seeking inappropriate or explicit content online
Apps to help children stay safe online

The BBC has a website and app called Own It. The website helps children navigate their online lives, and the free smartphone app comes with a special keyboard which can intervene with help and support in the moments that children need it the most. It can be downloaded for free in the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

SafeToNet is an app for parents to help them protect their children from online risks like cyberbullying and sexting, while respecting their child’s rights to privacy. The SafeToNet Foundation is providing UK families with free-for-life access to SafeToNet during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Radicalising content

If you are concerned that any family member, friend or loved one is being radicalised, you can call the police or 101 to get advice or make a Prevent referral, so that they can get safeguarding support.

Support is tailored to the individual and works in a similar way to safeguarding processes designed to protect people from gangs, drug abuse, and physical and sexual exploitation.

Receiving support through Prevent is voluntary, confidential and not a form of criminal sanction.

If you need more help, you can also contact your local authority safeguarding team.

Educate Against Hate Parents’ Hub - resources and government advice for parents and carers on keeping young people safe from extremism, including online
Let’s Talk About It - support for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation
any member of the public can report terrorist content they find online through the GOV.UK referral tool - more information about what to report and what happens when you do can be found on the Action Counters Terrorism campaign
What harms might my child experience online?

You may have concerns about specific harms which children can experience online. There are more resources to help you understand and protect your child from these, including:

child sexual abuse – a definition
child criminal exploitation – a definition
exposure to radicalising content
youth-produced sexual imagery (‘sexting’)
cyberbullying
exposure to age-inappropriate content, such as pornography
exposure to harmful content, such as suicide content
Child sexual abuse

If you are concerned call 999 or report it to the NCA-CEOP.

If your child has been a victim of child sexual abuse – online or offline – and you believe they are in immediate danger, call 999 and ask for the police. The police will continue to respond to emergency calls.

If you are concerned that your child has been a victim of online sexual abuse or you are worried about the way someone has been communicating with your child online, you can report it to NCA-CEOP.

These resources provide information and support for parents and carers on what to do if you’re worried about child sexual abuse:

you can contact the NSPCC helpline (0808 800 5000) for support and advice if you have concerns about your own or another child’s safety. The Together, we can tackle child abuse campaign also provides information on the signs of child abuse and neglect
Thinkuknow by NCA-CEOP has developed activities to support your child’s safe use of the internet
the Lucy Faithfull Foundation’s Parents Protect website has advice on how to help protect children from child sexual abuse including a Harmful Sexual Behaviour Prevention Toolkit
if you see sexual images or videos of someone under 18 online, report it anonymously to the Internet Watch Foundation who can work to remove them from the web and help to identify victims and survivors
you can contact Stop It Now! for information and advice if you have concerns about someone’s behaviour, including children who may be displaying concerning sexual behaviour
you can contact The Marie Collins Foundation help@mariecollinsfoundation.org.uk for support, including advice and individual counselling, for your child if they have been subjected to online sexual abuse - support is also offered to parents and carers