Frome Vale takes safeguarding very seriously. It is everybody’s responsibility to act if they feel that a child is not being cared for properly or being put at risk. If you suspect that a child is at risk or being harmed please contact either Heather Marshall, the Designated Safeguarding Lead or Mrs Saunders, Principal. Any conversations will be dealt with sensitively and confidentially.
Heather Marshall: Designated Safeguarding Lead, CSE, FGM, Prevent
Jan Saunders: Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
E-safety officer: Jan Saunders
Children at Frome Vale Academy use the internet on a regular basis as part of their learning. In school we have regular E-Safety activities to remind children of the importance of keeping themselves safe online.
Below are a few links to some very useful information regarding E-Safety for parents, carers and children.
The ‘Know IT all’ website has lots of useful information for parents and carers through interactive videos and presentations.
The ‘Thinkuknow’ website has been designed by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre, who you may have seen commenting on issues in the News. There’s lots of information here for children, parents, carers and teachers. www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents
This website is aimed at children in Key Stage 2 but is a great resource for learning about E-Safety and has some top tips on issues such as social networking.
‘Childnet’ provides lots of uselful links to websites relating to E-Safety for parents and carers.
‘Hector’s World’ is part of the ‘Thinkuknow’ website aimed at children in Key Stage 1. Explore the activities with your children to learn about E-Safety.
‘Thinkuknow Cyber Cafe’ is aimed at children in Key Stage 2 and has activities to support children’s learning about E-Safety.
For further information about cybercrime, and to watch the short film produced for the campaign, visit www.nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk/news/765-campaign-targets-uk-s-youngest-cyber-criminals
For advice from the NCA on how to help young people avoid the risks of getting involved in cybercrime, and how to work with parents and carers on this issue visit: www.nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk/crime-threats/cyber-crime/cyber-crime-preventing-young-people-from-getting-involved
Free E-safety online course
We’re a Digital School!
Our school is part of Parent Zone’s Digital Schools Membership programme, recognising our commitment to keeping our pupils safe online, and making sure we work with you and all of the school community to achieve this.
Digital Schools membership includes access to Parent Zone’s online digital parenting course, Parenting in the Digital Age. This short course gives you straightforward information and advice on how to manage and feel confident about your child’s online world. For your free access to the programme, go to www.parentzone.org.uk/parentcourse.
* Click on the pink ‘Add to cart’ button to start your registration.
* On the next page click checkout. You’ll then be asked to enter your email address.
* On the next page, you will need to enter the coupon code DSP16 to ensure you have free access to the programme. The code gives you 100% discount on the price of the training.
Once you’ve completed the short registration you’ll receive two emails – one confirming your order and one with log in instructions. After clicking the link in the email press the log-in button and you should be asked to set a password, after which you will be directed to the Parent Resources page where you can start the course.
Once you have logged in the Parenting in the Digital Age course page will always be accessible at this link: https://parentzone.org.uk/advice/parenting-digital-age-online-course-parents.
Another benefit of our Digital Schools membership is access to an email help service for parents, so if you have any questions about the course or any aspect of your family’s online life, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org for free, confidential advice.
Frome Vale Academy always tries to work in partnership with parents to improve school attendance and we would like to congratulate the many parents who make sure their children attend school regularly and on time. The target for our school is 96.5%.
It is important that all parents and carers are aware that the law does not grant parents an automatic right to take their child out of school during term time. The Education Act 1996 Section 444 states;
‘If a child of compulsory school age who is a registered pupil at a school fails to attend regularly at the school, his parent is guilty of an offence’
For all absence, apart from illness, permission must be sought in advance by completing an ‘absence request form’. If the request is for a holiday you must be the parent/carer with whom the child normally lives and there must be exceptional reasons as to why this family holiday needs to be taken in term time. There are very few instances when term time holiday will be authorised.
If you are the child’s parent but do not normally live with the child you must seek the consent of the parent who does and that person should make a request to the school.
Parents and carers who take their child out of school during term time or where there are frequent instances of a child arriving late after the class register has been closed, are at risk of being issued with a Penalty Notice. Penalty Notices are issued per parent, per child. For example if a two parent family were to take three children on holiday in term time, which is not authorised by the school, six Penalty Notices would be issued in total. Penalty Notices are £60 if paid within 21 days of receipt of the notice, rising to £120 if paid between 22 and 28 days.
Absence disrupts the education of the individual pupil and the whole class. Children who do not attend regularly are likely to;
- Fall behind with their learning and do not achieve well in exams
- find it difficult to maintain friendships
- are more likely to become involved in crime
- miss out on opportunities in further education and the world of work
Please see chart on next page which shows how a low percentage attendance correlates to number of days missed.
|Attendance during one school year||equals this number of days absent||which is approximately this many weeks absent||which means this number of lessons missed|
|90%||19 days||4 weeks||100 lessons|
|80%||38 days||8 weeks||200 lessons|
|70%||57 days||11.5 weeks||290 lessons|