There is no better way to raise the awareness of online safety in school other than by involving your pupils. Once they are keen and committed to taking part in influencing what happens in school, they become the key driver for change.
We've been running PRISM our Primary Internet Safety Mentor project for two years now and, due to its success and the impact it has on children and the wider school community, have decided to run it as a course for colleagues to implement in their own setting.
Last year 10% of Wigan primary schools joined our first course. Colleagues from a range of backgrounds - class teachers, computing leaders and teaching assistants, attended our course and received training in how to use the PRISM materials and ways to teach their pupils about online safety. The final teacher training session took place last week and feedback has been wonderful, with schools already making real progress with their teams of pupil mentors.
What it has shown us is that there are so many flexible ways to use our materials and approach our project and it has proven that it is so suitable for all schools to use and adapt. We have had great feedback about the resources and their impact on pupils and pupils told us how it has also made internet safety fun!
You may have been following our progress with the project using the hashtags #PRISM #prism and #primaryinternetsafetymentors and read all about the project at RL Hughes, in Wigan, too, there is a lot to read if you look for it.
So, our exciting 3 half day course this year again provides you with everything you need to set up and run your own ongoing primary peer-to-peer internet safety mentoring project. It is jam-packed with materials and guidance for you to use. Wigan colleagues who trialled the project, and those who attended last year’s course, are already seeing demonstrable impact on pupil outcomes, awareness and attitudes across their schools. If you want to involve your pupils in improving online safety in your school, this course is for you.
So, what are you doing to address pupil voice and online safety in your school? To book your place or for more details, please contact us using our contact form and we will be straight back in touch.