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
Adults have a huge impact on young people’s lives. This video shows how adult behaviours and childhood experiences affect our children’s development and how it impacts on their future.
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. When using the computer room children are continually reminded of how to keep themselves safe and get the best from the amazing resources of the internet. The CLF uses Impero to help us monitor the use of the internet and immediately alerts us to any inappropriate content.
Below are a few links to some very useful information regarding E-Safety for parents, carers and children in different languages
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
CLF Safeguarding newsletters
CLF produce regular newsletters with relevant information about safeguarding. Please take a look:
The Prevent Strategy
Frome Vale takes its Prevent duty very seriously. The Prevent duty became law back in 2015. This is a duty on all schools and registered early years providers to have due regard to preventing people being drawn into terrorism. In order to protect children in our care, we must be alert to any reason for concern in the child’s life at home or elsewhere.
The following website has a wealth of information about this subject:
This website gives teachers, parents and school leaders practical advice and information on protecting children from extremism and radicalisation.
Other useful websites:
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|