Charters & Policies

Our Values and Motto

At Roding we aim to remove any barrier, in order that children are Free to Achieve.
We aspire for all of our children to be ACHIEVERS and by adopting the following values, we feel that every child can be successful.

Achievement
Confident
Honest
Independent
Enthusiastic
Value
Excitement
Responsibility
Successful

Whole School Charter

We are a Rights Respecting School. This is supported by the principles of the UNCRC (United Convention on the Rights of every Child), adopted and promoted through UNICEF. Children’s rights are at the heart of the school. The aim is that these exist as part of our ethos and culture and as a result will improve well-being and develop every child’s talents and abilities to their full potential. The following articles from the UNCRC were chosen by our Article 12 Council and form our Whole School Charter.
Article 29
Every child has the right to an education that develops their personality, talents and abilities.
Article 30
Every child has the right to learn and use the language, customs and religion of their family.
Article 31
Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.
Article 12
Every child has the right to have a say in all matters affecting them, and to have their views taken seriously.
Article 23
Any child with a disability has the right to have the same opportunities has everybody else.
Article 19
Every child has the right to be safe.

Playground / Lunchtime Charter

Article 31: Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.

Children:

We will:

  • show respect to each other and to all adults.
  • remember our manners.
  • eat sensibly and behave appropriately –when eating our lunch.
  • walk through the corridors.
  • always remain safe in the playground.
  • tell an adult if we feel unhappy.
  • join in a range of activities
  • not behave aggressively in any games.
  • share and show acts of kindness.
  • use strategies to calm down when we’re angry.

Adults:

We will help and encourage you to:

  • use your manners at all times.
  • behave sensibly in the lunch hall.
  • walk inside the school.
  • play a range of games.
    calm down when you are angry.
  • involve children that appear left-out.
  • use the toilets sensibly.
    notice when you make good choices.
  • have a happy and safe lunchtime.

and we will

  • listen carefully to you and always show respect.
Learning Behaviours

At Roding we believe that we have a duty to emphasise the link between the way in which children learn and their social knowledge and behaviour.  In doing this, the focus is upon establishing positive relationships across three elements –self, others and the curriculum.  They apply as much to adults and their relationship with children, as much as they apply to the children themselves.   We aim to do this by teaching and encouraging the following learning behaviours: Independence, curiosity, application, resilience and reflection.  By supporting the children to develop these behaviours, we will help them to become lifelong learners –and this will serve them well throughout their lives and support them to learn effectively and efficiently.

e-Safety Policy

Click here to download as a MS Word Document.

Adopted by the full Governing Body on 16th March 2016
Signed by Chair of Governors T.Ward
To be reviewed: February 2017

Contents:

Part 1 – e-Safety Policy Overview

Part 2 – Managing the Internet safely

Part 3 – Managing email

Part 4 – Use of digital and video images

Part 5 – Handheld Devices (including mobile phones)

Appendix 1 –Managing the Internet Safely

Appendix 2 –Managing email

This policy has been adopted, in the main, by London Grid for Learning (LGFL) and Becta Guidance.

Becta was the lead agency in the United Kingdom for promotion and integration of information and communications technology (ICT) in education. Becta was a company limited by guarantee with charitable status. It was established in 1998 through the reconstitution of the National Council for Educational Technology (NCET), which oversaw the procurement of all ICT equipment and e-learning strategy for schools.

The LGfL Trust is a consortium of the London local authorities and 2,500 schools working together to provide extensive and cost effective ICT services, particularly for school broadband services, as well as a comprehensive range of premium learning resources. For a full list of LGfL services you can download our services guide. The LGfL is a member of the NEN Education Network to ensure that all schools, colleges and universities are connected through a single backbone enabling a high quality e-learning experience in a safe and secure networked environment.

Part 1 – e Safety Policy Overview

1.1 Safeguarding

The school is aware of its responsibilities in ensuring that ICT usage by all network users is responsible, safe and secure. There are relevant and comprehensive policies in place. The expectation is that these are understood and adhered to by all network users.

1.2 Effective and safe use of digital resources

Most pupils have a good range of skills that enable them to access and make effective use of digital resources to support their learning. They understand the issues relating to safe and responsible use of ICT and adopt appropriate practices

Harnessing Technology: Transforming learning and children’s services 1 sets out the government plans for taking a strategic approach to the future development of ICT.

“The Internet and related technologies are powerful tools, which open up new prospects for communication and collaboration. Education is embracing these new technologies as they bring with them fresh opportunities for both teachers and learners.

To use these technologies effectively requires an awareness of the benefits and risks, the development of new skills, and an understanding of their appropriate and effective use both in and outside of the classroom.” DfES, e Strategy 2005

The Green Paper Every Child Matters2 and the provisions of the Children Act 20043, Working Together to Safeguard Children4 sets out how organisations and individuals should work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

The ‘staying safe’ outcome includes aims that children and young people are:

  • safe from maltreatment, neglect, violence and sexual exploitation
  • safe from accidental injury and death
  • safe from bullying and discrimination
  • safe from crime and anti-social behaviour in and out of school
  • secure, stable and cared for.

Much of these aims apply equally to the ‘virtual world’ that children and young people will encounter whenever they use ICT in its various forms. For example, we know that the internet has been used for grooming children and young people with the ultimate aim of exploiting them sexually; we know that ICT can offer new weapons for bullies, who may torment their victims via websites or text messages; and we know that children and young people have been exposed to inappropriate content when online, which can sometimes lead to their involvement in crime and anti-social behaviour.

We aim to ensure that every child in our care is safe, and the same principles should apply to the ‘virtual’ or digital world as would be applied to the school’s physical buildings.

This Policy document is drawn up to protect all parties – the students, the staff and the school and aims to provide clear advice and guidance on how to minimise risks and how to deal with any infringements.

[1] http://www.dfes.gov.uk/publications/e-strategy/

2 See The Children Act 2004 [http://www.opsi.gov.uk/acts/acts2004/20040031.htm]

3 See Every Child Matters website [http://www.everychildmatters.gov.uk]
4 Full title: Working Together to Safeguard Children: A guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. See Every Child Matters website [http://www.everychildmatters.gov.uk/_files/AE53C8F9D7AEB1B23E403514A6C1B17D.pdf]

Keeping Children Safe in Education –Statutory Guidance (Particularly in relation to radicalisation)

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/447595/KCSIE_July_2015.pdf

1.3 The Technologies:

ICT in the 21st Century has an all-encompassing role within the lives of children and adults. New technologies are enhancing communication and the sharing of information. Current and emerging technologies used in school and, more importantly in many cases, used outside of school by children include:

1.4 Whole school approach to the safe use of ICT

Creating a safe ICT learning environment includes three main elements at this school:

  • An effective range of technological tools;
  • Policies and procedures, with clear roles and responsibilities;
  • A comprehensive e-Safety education programme for pupils, staff and parents.

Ref: Becta – E-safety Developing whole-school policies to support effective practice

1.5 Roles and Responsibilities

E-Safety is recognised as an essential aspect of strategic leadership in this school and the Head, with the support of Governors, aims to embed safe practices into the culture of the school. The Head teacher ensures that the Policy is implemented and compliance with the Policy monitored. The responsibility for e-Safety has been designated to the Computing Subject Leader.

Our school Computing and e Safety Leader is Jo Balkwill (Assistant Head teacher)

Our e-Safety Leader ensures the school keep up to date with e-Safety issues and guidance. Such updates make come through the Local Authority and/or through organisations such as Becta and The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP)6. The school’s e-Safety coordinator ensures the Head, senior management and Governors are updated as necessary.

Governors need to have an overview understanding of e-Safety issues and strategies at this school. We ensure our governors are updated at least annually on policy developments.

All teachers are responsible for promoting and supporting safe behaviours in their classrooms and following school e-Safety procedures. Central to this is fostering a ‘No Blame’ culture so pupils feel able to report any bullying, abuse or inappropriate materials.

All staff should be familiar with the school’s policy including:

  • Safe use of e-mail;
  • Safe use of Internet including use of Internet-based communication services, such as instant messaging and social networks;
  • Safe use of school network, equipment and data;
  • Safe use of digital images and digital technologies, such as mobile phones and digital cameras;
  • Publication of pupil information/photographs and use of website;
  • Cyberbullying and other infringement procedures;
  • Their role in providing e-Safety education for pupils;

Staff are reminded / updated about e-Safety matters at least once a year.

Roding Primary School includes e-Safety in the curriculum and ensures that every pupil has been educated about safe and responsible use. Pupils need to know how to control and minimise online risks and how to report a problem.

We ensure that efforts are made to engage with parents over e-safety matters.

6 http://www.ceop.gov.uk/

7 Safety and ICT – available from Becta, the Government agency at: http://schools.becta.org.uk/index.php?section=lv&catcode=ss_lv_str_02&rid=10247

1.6 Communications:

How will the policy be introduced to pupils?

Pupils undertake e-Safety as part of their annual Computing curriculum. Further importance is placed on e-Safety during Internet Safety week where the pupils and parents are encouraged to think about different aspects of e-Safety and complete activities designed to promote awareness. A session for children in Year 6 takes place during the year with the local police responsible for e-Safety in the Borough of Redbridge leading and/or another. (E.g. NSPCC representative). In addition to this, pupils are reminded regularly about procedures for handling inappropriate or unexpected content when using technology. Instruction in responsible and safe use should precede all Internet access.

Pupils’ perceptions of risks may not be mature; the e-safety rules have to be explained or discussed regularly.

Consideration is given as to the curriculum place for teaching e-safety. This is specifically covered in the computing curriculum but also generally through the school’s pastoral programme. (E.G. Assemblies)

How will the policy be discussed with staff?

We aim for our staff to feel confident to use new technologies in teaching. Staff are given opportunities to discuss the issues and develop appropriate teaching strategies. There is Staff training in safe and responsible Internet use and in the school e Safety Policy will be provided.

Staff that manage filtering systems or monitor ICT use will be supervised by the Computing subject leader/senior management and have clear procedures for reporting issues.

Staff must understand the rules for information systems misuse. If a member of staff is concerned about any aspect of their ICT use in school, they should discuss this with their line manager to avoid any possible misunderstanding. Staff should be aware that Internet traffic is monitored and can be traced to the individual user. Discretion and professional conduct is essential.

ICT use is widespread and all staff including administration, caretaker, governors and helpers should be included in appropriate awareness raising and training. Induction of new staff should include a discussion of the school’s e-Safety Policy.

How will parents’ support be enlisted?

Internet use in pupils’ homes is increasing rapidly. Unless parents are aware of the dangers, pupils may have unrestricted access to the Internet. The school may be able to help parents plan appropriate supervised use of the Internet at home. Internet issues will be handled sensitively, and parents will be advised accordingly.

A partnership approach with parents will be encouraged. This may include parent workshops with demonstrations and/or suggestions for safe home Internet use –featuring regular updates in the school newsletters.

Advice on educational and leisure activities that include responsible use of the Internet will be made available to parents on request.

1.7 How will complaints regarding e-safety be handled?

The school will take all reasonable precautions to ensure e-Safety. However, owing to the international scale and linked nature of Internet content, the availability of mobile technologies and speed of change, it is not possible to guarantee that unsuitable material will never appear on a school computer or mobile device. Neither the school nor the Local Authority can accept liability for material accessed, or any consequences of Internet access.

Staff and pupils are given information about infringements in use and possible sanctions. Sanctions available include:

  • discussion with teacher /Phase Leader / e-Safety Coordinator / Headteacher;
  • informing parents or carers;
  • removal of Internet or computer access for a period, [which could ultimately prevent access to files held on the system);
  • referral to LA / Police for guidance and advice if deemed necessary.

Our e-Safety Coordinator acts as first point of contact for any complaint. Any complaint about staff misuse is referred to the Head teacher. (Helen Radmore)

Complaints of cyberbullying are dealt with in accordance with our Anti-Bullying Policy. Complaints related to child protection are dealt with in accordance with school / LA child protection procedures.

1.8 Radicalisation

Any evidence of pupils and/or staff members involved in any such practice will be reported to the designated officer in the local authority. (This is referred to in our Safeguarding Policy)

Part 2 -Managing the Internet safely

2.1 Roding Primary School:

  • Is vigilant in its supervision of pupils’ use at all times, as far as is reasonable, and uses common-sense strategies in learning resource areas where older pupils have more flexible access;
  • Ensures all staff and students have signed an acceptable use agreement form and understands that they must report any concerns. (This will begin as of September 2016)
  • Ensures pupils only publish within the appropriately secure school’s learning environment, such as VLE: DB Primary.
  • Requires staff to preview websites before use [where not previously viewed or cached] and encourages use of the school’s Learning Platform (DB Primary/Learn pads), as a key way to direct students to age / subject appropriate web sites; Plans the curriculum context for Internet use to match pupils’ ability, using child-friendly search engines where more open Internet searching is required; e.g. http://www.safesearchkids.com/
  • Is vigilant when conducting ‘raw’ image search with pupils e.g. Google or Bing image search;

Informs users that Internet use is monitored;

Informs staff and students that that they must report any failure of the filtering systems directly to Miss Balkwill  -our system administrator(s) logs or escalates as appropriate to the Technical service provider or LGfL (Atomwide) as necessary;

  • Requires pupils to individually sign an e-safety / acceptable use agreement form which is fully explained and used as part of the teaching programme. (This will begin as of September 2016)
  • Requires all staff to sign an e-safety / acceptable use agreement form and keeps a copy on file; (This will begin as of September 2016)
  • Ensures parents provide consent for pupils to use the Internet, as well as other ICT technologies, as part of the e-safety acceptable use agreement form at time of their child’s entry to the school;
  • Makes clear all users know and understand what the ‘rules of appropriate use’ are and what sanctions result from misuse – through staff meetings and teaching programme;
  • Keeps a record of any bullying or inappropriate behaviour for as long as is reasonable in-line with the school behaviour management system;
  • Ensures the named child protection officer has appropriate training;
  • Provides advice and information on reporting offensive materials, abuse/ bullying etc available for pupils, staff and parents
  • Provides e-Safety advice for pupils, staff and parents;
  • Immediately refers any material we suspect is illegal to the appropriate authorities – Police – and the LA.

2.2 Education and training:

Roding Primary School:

  • Fosters a ‘No Blame’ environment that encourages pupils to tell a teacher / responsible adult immediately if they encounter any material that makes them feel uncomfortable;
  • Teaches pupils and informs staff what to do if they find inappropriate web material i.e. Hector, to switch off monitor, and report the URL to the teacher or System Manager.
  • Ensures pupils and staff know what to do if there is a cyber-bullying incident;
  • Ensures all pupils know how to report any abuse;
  • Has a clear, progressive e-safety education programme throughout all Key Stages, built on LA / London / national guidance. Pupils are taught a range of skills and behaviours appropriate to their age and experience, such as:
    • to STOP and THINK before they CLICK
    • to discriminate between fact, fiction and opinion;
    • to develop a range of strategies to validate and verify information before accepting its accuracy;
    • to skim and scan information;
    • to be aware that the author of a web site / page may have a particular bias or purpose and to develop skills to recognise what that may be;
    • to know how to narrow down or refine a search;
    • [for older pupils] to understand how search engines work and to understand that this affects the results they see at the top of the listings;
    • to understand ‘Netiquette’ behaviour when using an online environment / email, i.e. be polite, no bad or abusive language or other inappropriate behaviour; keeping personal information private;
    • to understand how photographs can be manipulated and how web content can attract the wrong sort of attention;
    • to understand why online ‘friends’ may not be who they say they are and to understand why they should be careful in online environments;
    • to understand why they should not post or share detailed accounts of their personal lives, contact information, daily routines, location, photographs and videos and to know how to ensure they have turned-on privacy settings;
    • to understand why they must not post pictures or videos of others without their permission;
    • to know not to download any files – such as music files – without permission;
    • to have strategies for dealing with receipt of inappropriate materials;
    • [for older pupils] to understand why and how some people will ‘groom’ young people for inappropriate reasons;
  • Ensures that when copying materials from the web, staff and pupils understand issues around plagiarism; how to check copyright and also know that they must observe and respect copyright / intellectual property rights;
  • The Digital Leaders at Roding have suggested that we adhere by the following on-line SMART rules: Safe, Meet, Accepting, Reliable, Tell. (As formed and shown in UK Safer Internet)
  • Ensures that staff and pupils understand the issues around aspects of the commercial use of the Internet, as age appropriate. This may include, risks in pop-ups; buying on-line; on-line gaming / gambling;
  • Ensures staff know how to send or receive sensitive and personal data and understand the requirement to encrypt data where the sensitivity requires data protection;
  • Makes training available annually to staff, if required, on the e-safety education program;
  • Provide advice, guidance and training for parents, including:
    • Information leaflets; in school letters; on the school web site;
    • Demonstrations, practical sessions held at school;
    • Distribution of ‘think u know’ for parents materials
    • Suggestions for safe Internet use at home;
    • Provision of information about national support sites for parents.

See Appendix 1 for additional guidance

Part 3 -Managing E-Mail

3.1 Roding Primary School:

  • Does not publish personal e-mail addresses of pupils or staff on the school website. We use anonymous or group e-mail addresses, for example: admin.roding@redbridge.co.uk for communication with the wider public.
  • We will contact the police if one of our staff or pupils receives an e-mail that we consider is particularly disturbing or breaks the law.
  • Manages accounts effectively with up to date account details of users.
  • Reports messages relating to or in support of illegal activities to the relevant Authority and if necessary to the Police.
  • Knows that spam, phishing and virus attachments can make e mails dangerous. We use a number of LGfL-provided technologies to help protect users and systems in the school, including desktop anti-virus product Sophos, plus direct email filtering for viruses, Trojans, pornography, phishing and inappropriate language. , Finally, and in support of these, LGfL WebScreen2 filtering monitors and protects our internet access to the World Wide Web.

3.2 Pupils:

  • We use LGfL LondonMail with pupils and lock this down where appropriate using LGfL SafeMail rules.
  • Pupils’ LGfL LondonMail e-mail accounts are intentionally ‘anonymised’ for their protection.
  • Pupils are introduced to, and use e-mail as part of the Computing scheme of work.
  • Year 1/2 pupils are introduced to principles of e-mail through the Visual Mail facility in the London MLE OR closed ‘simulation’ software.
  • Pupils can only receive external mail from, and send external mail to, addresses if the SafeMail rules have been set to allow this.
  • Pupils are taught about the safety and ‘netiquette’ of using e-mail both in school and at home i.e. they are taught:
    • not to give out their e-mail address unless it is part of a school managed project or to someone they know and trust and is approved by their teacher or parent/carer;
    • that an e-mail is a form of publishing where the message should be clear, short and concise;
    • that any e-mail sent to an external organisation should be written carefully and authorised before sending, in the same way as a letter written on school headed paper;
    • they must not reveal private details of themselves or others in e‑mail, such as address, telephone number, etc;
    • to ‘Stop and Think Before They Click’ and not open attachments unless sure the source is safe;
    • that they should think carefully before sending any attachments;
    • embedding adverts is not allowed;
    • that they must immediately tell a teacher / responsible adult if they receive an e-mail which makes them feel uncomfortable, is offensive or bullying in nature;
    • not to respond to malicious or threatening messages;
    • not to delete malicious of threatening e-mails, but to keep them as evidence of bullying;
    • not to arrange to meet anyone they meet through e-mail without having discussed with an adult and taking a responsible adult with them;
    • that forwarding ‘chain’ e-mail letters is not permitted.
  • Pupils sign the school Agreement Form to say they have read and understood the e-safety rules, including e-mail and we explain how any inappropriate use will be dealt with. (As of September 2016)

3.3 Staff:

  • Staff can only use the LA or LGfL e-mail systems on the school system
  • Staff only use LA or LGfL e-mail systems for professional purposes
  • Access in school to external personal e mail accounts may be blocked
  • Never use email to transfer staff or pupil personal data. We use secure, LA / DfE approved systems. These may include: DB Primary
  • Staff know that e-mail sent to an external organisation must be written carefully, (and may require authorisation), in the same way as a letter written on school headed paper. That it should follow the school ‘house-style’:
  • the sending of multiple or large attachments should be limited, and may also be restricted by the provider of the service being used;
  • the sending of chain letters is not permitted;
  • embedding adverts is not allowed;
  • All staff sign our LA / school Agreement Form AUP to say they have read and understood the e-safety rules, including e-mail and we explain how any inappropriate use will be dealt with. (As of September 2016)

See Appendix 2 –for additional guidance

Part 4 – Use of Digital and Video Images

4.1 In this school:

  • We gain parental / carer permission for use of digital photographs or video involving their child as part of the school agreement form when their daughter / son joins the school;
  • We read aloud our digital and video images Guidelines before any event to which parents are invited. (See 4.4) (As of April 2016)
  • We do not identify pupils in online photographic materials or include the full names of pupils in the credits of any published school produced video materials / DVDs;
  • Staff sign the school’s Acceptable Use Policy and this includes the use of mobile phones / personal equipment for taking pictures of pupils; (As of September 2016)
  • The school blocks/filter access to social networking sites or newsgroups unless there is a specific approved educational purpose;
  • Pupils are taught about how images can be manipulated in their e Safety education programme and also taught to consider how to publish for a wide range of audiences which might include governors, parents or younger children as part of their Computing scheme of work;
  • Pupils are advised to be very careful about placing any personal photos on any ‘social’ online network space. They are taught to understand the need to maintain privacy settings so as not to make public, personal information.
  • Pupils are taught that they should not post images or videos of others without their permission. We teach them about the risks associated with providing information with images (including the name of the file), that reveals the identify of others and their location, such as house number, street name or school. We teach them about the need to keep their data secure and what to do if they are subject to bullying or abuse.

4.2 Website:

  • The Head teacher and Deputy Head teacher takes overall editorial responsibility to ensure that the website content is accurate and the quality of presentation is maintained;
  • Uploading of information is restricted to our website authorisers: (Lemongrass) and our School leadership team;
  • The school web site complies with the school’s guidelines for publications;
  • Most material is the school’s own work; where other’s work is published or linked to, we credit the sources used and state clearly the author’s identity or status;
  • The point of contact on the web site is the school address, telephone number and we use a general email contact address, admin.roding@redbridge.co.uk
  • Home information or individual e-mail identities will not be published;
  • Photographs published on the web do not have full names attached;
  • We do not use pupils’ names when saving images in the file names or in the tags when publishing to the school website;
  • We expect teachers using school approved blogs to password protect them;
  • Checks are made, before uploading photographs, to ensure that we have parental permission.

4.3 Learning platform: DB Primary

  • Uploading of information on the schools’ Learning Platform / virtual learning space is shared between different staff members according to their responsibilities e.g. all class teachers upload information in their class areas;
  • Photographs and videos uploaded to the schools MLE will only be accessible by members of the school community;
  • In school, pupils are only able to upload and publish within school approved and closed systems, such as the Learning Platform;
  • Teachers are instructed not to run social network spaces for student use on a personal basis or to open up their own spaces to their students, but to use the schools’ Learning Platform for such communications.

4.4 Digital and Video Guidelines Brief for Assemblies

To be read aloud before the commencement of every event parents attend when children are involved. (By Staff member or Digital Leaders)

“At Roding Primary School, we understand that you are pleased that you child is participating in today’s event.

However, we must remind you that the photos you take of your child whilst at today’s event are for your personal family albums.

The use of cameras and phone cameras should not disrupt the event itself and the school reserves the right to prevent photo taking if a concern is expressed.

Photos should not be shared on social networking systems or uploaded onto the internet as this represents an e-Safety risk.”

We ask for you not to record or video at all for safeguarding reasons.

For further information please refer to our ‘Digital Imaging Guidelines’.

Thank you for your compliance.

*Note that it is the responsibility of the staff member, leading the assembly to ensure that children –whose parents do not wish for them to be in photographs are discreetly positioned or, if more appropriate to inform parents that photos should not be taken in this instance.

**The video/recording expectation may be relaxed, at the discretion of the Head Teacher, during special performances.

Part 5 – Managing Handheld Devices (including mobile phones)

5.1 Introduction

This policy sets out what is ‘acceptable’ and ‘unacceptable’ use of mobile phone and handheld devices by the whole school community (students, staff and visitors) while they are at school or undertaking school activities away from school.

This applies to all individuals who have access to personal and/or work-related handheld devices within the broadest context of the setting. It includes children and young people, parents and carers, practitioners, managers, volunteers, students, governors, visitors, contractors and community users. This list is not exhaustive.

It is to be recognised that it is the enhanced functions of many handheld devices that will give the most cause for concern; and which should be considered the most susceptible to potential misuse. Examples of misuse include the taking and distribution of indecent images, exploitation and bullying.

It must be understood that should handheld devices be misused, there will be a negative impact on an individual’s safety, dignity, privacy and right to confidentiality. Such concerns are not to be considered exclusive to children and young people, so the needs and vulnerabilities of all must be respected and protected.

Mobile phones and handheld devices can also cause an unnecessary distraction during the working day and are often to be considered intrusive when used in the company of others.

The purpose of this policy is to prevent unacceptable use of mobile phones, camera-phones and other hand held devices by the school community, and thereby to protect the School’s staff and students from undesirable materials, filming, intimidation or harassment.

5.2 General issues:

  • Mobile phones and personally-owned mobile devices brought in to school are the responsibility of the device owner. The school accepts no responsibility for the loss, theft or damage of personally-owned mobile phones or mobile devices.
  • Student mobile phones which are brought into school must be turned off (not placed on silent) and stored out of sight on arrival at school. They must remain turned off and out of sight until the end of the day. Permission is granted for Years 5 and 6 pupils only, with the request in writing from a parent, but are brought into school at their own risk.
  • Staff members may use their phones during school break times –however this is restricted to the Staffroom, or outside of the school premises.
  • All visitors are requested to keep their phones on silent.
  • The recording, taking and sharing of images, video and audio on any mobile phone is to be avoided; except where it has been explicitly agreed otherwise by the Head teacher. Such authorised use is to be monitored and recorded. All mobile phone use is to be open to scrutiny and the Headteacher is to be able to withdraw or restrict authorisation for use at any time if it is to be deemed necessary.
  • The school reserves the right to search the content of any mobile or handheld devices on the school premises where there is a reasonable suspicion that it may contain undesirable material, including those which promote pornography, violence or bullying in any form. Staff mobiles or hand held devices may be searched at any time as part of routine monitoring.
  • Where parents or students need to contact each other during the school day, they should do so only through the school’s telephone. If a staff member is expecting a personal call they may leave their phone with the school office to answer on their behalf, or instruct this call to come through the Main Office on the central phone.
  • Mobile phones and personally-owned devices are not permitted to be used in certain areas within the school site, e.g. toilets.
  • Mobile phones will not be used during lessons or formal school time unless as part of an approved and directed curriculum-based activity with consent from a member of SLT.
  • No images or videos should be taken on mobile phones or personally-owned mobile devices without the prior consent of the person or people concerned.

5.3 Students’ use of personal devices:

  • The school strongly advises that student mobile phones should not be brought into school.
  • The school accepts that there may be particular circumstances in which a parent wishes their child to have a mobile phone for their own safety.
  • If a student breaches the school policy then the phone or device will be confiscated and will be held in a secure place in the school office. Mobile phones and devices will be released to parents or carers at the end of the day or at the soonest arranged time after this.
  • If a student needs to contact his or her parents or carers, they may be allowed to use a school phone if use of an office phone is unavailable. Parents are strongly advised not to contact their child via their mobile phone during the school day, but to contact the school office.
  • Students should protect their phone numbers by only giving them to trusted friends and family members. Students will be instructed in safe and appropriate use of mobile phones and personally-owned devices and will be made aware of boundaries and consequences.

Staff use of personal devices:

  • It is preferred that Staff do not use personal handheld devices to take photographs of children. If this does happen, any permitted images or files taken in school must be downloaded from the device and deleted in school before the end of the day or at the closest opportunity.
  • Staff are not permitted to use their own mobile phones or devices for contacting children, young people or their families within or outside of the setting in a professional capacity.
  • Staff will be issued with a school phone where contact with students, parents or carers is required.
  • Mobile Phones and personally-owned devices will be switched off or switched to ‘silent’ mode.
  • If members of staff have an educational reason to allow children to use mobile phones or a personally-owned device as part of an educational activity then it will only take place when approved by the senior leadership team.
  • Staff should not use personally-owned devices, such as mobile phones or cameras, to take photos or videos of students and will only use work-provided equipment for this purpose.
  • If a member of staff breaches the school policy then disciplinary action may be taken.
  • Where staff members are required to use a mobile phone for school duties, for instance in case of emergency during off-site activities, or for contacting students or parents, then a school mobile phone will be provided and used. In an emergency where a staff member doesn’t have access to a school-owned device, they should use their own device and hide (by inputting 141) their own mobile number for confidentiality purposes.

Appendix 1 –Managing the internet safely

Internet policy and procedures: background information

Owing to the international scale and linked nature of information available via the Internet, it is not possible to guarantee that unsuitable material will never appear. Supervision is the key strategy. Whatever systems are in place, something could go wrong which places pupils in an embarrassing or potentially dangerous situation.

Surfing the Web

Aimless surfing should never be allowed. It is good practice to teach pupils to use the Internet in response to an articulated need – e.g. a question arising from work in class. Children should be able to answer the question “Why are we using the Internet?”

Search engines can be difficult to use effectively and pupils can experience overload and failure if the set topic is too open-ended. It is not sensible to have younger pupils ‘searching the Internet’.

Pupils do not need a thousand Web sites on weather. A small selection will be quite enough choice, and as with other resources, the teacher needs to have checked and selected them so they are appropriate for the age group and fit for purpose. Favourites / bookmarks are a useful way to present this choice to pupils.

Teachers’ web site selections for various topics can be put onto a topic page on the Learning Platform so pupils can, access out of school, from home etc. Some schools put links on their school web site, although there may even be difficulties here. Hackers can infiltrate a site or take over the domain, resulting in a previously acceptable site suddenly changing. Therefore, sites should always be previewed and checked, and work for children is best located on the closed Learning Platform.

Search Engines

Some common Internet search options are high risk, for example ‘Google’ image search. Some LAs and Councils block this. Others keep it unblocked because it can be a useful tool for teachers looking for images to incorporate in teaching. Where used – it must be with extreme caution. Google image search can be set-up to run in ‘safe’ mode although this is not fully without risk. Talk to your network manager or Technical support provider about this. LGfL guidance is available on the safety site.

Images usually have copyright attached to them which is an issue commonly overlooked but a key teaching point to pupils and staff.

Collaborative Technologies

There are a number of Internet technologies that make interactive collaborative environments available. Often the term ‘Social networking software’ is used. Examples include blogs (personal web-based diary or journals), wikis (modifiable collaborative web pages), and podcast sites (subscription-based broadcast over the web) supported by technologies such as RSS (really simple syndication – an XML format designed for sharing news across the web). Using these technologies for activities can be motivational, develop oracy and presentations skills, helping children consider their content and audience. Schools are best protected by using the social collaboration tools within the school’s Learning Platform, such as the London MLE.

Blogs: These are used, as a method of online publishing, perhaps creating class blogs, or to creatively support a specific school project. A ‘safe’ blogging environment is likely to be part of a school’s Learning Platform or within LGfL /LA provided ‘tools’.

Social Networking Sites

These are a popular aspect of the web for young people. Sites such as Facebook, My Space, Habbo Hotel, Bebo, Piczo, and YouTube allow users to share and post web sites, videos, podcasts etc. It is important for children to understand that these sites are public spaces for both children and adults. They are environments that should be used with caution. Users, both pupils and staff, need to know how to keep their personal information private and set-up and use these environments safely. [See Education programme]

Most schools will block such sites. However, pupils need to be taught safe behaviour as they may well be able to readily access them outside of school. There are educational, monitored services that schools can purchase such as GridClub SuperClubs. Additionally, the LGfL Learning Platform provides a safe environment for pupils to share resources, store files in an ePortfolio, and communicate with others through ‘closed’ discussions, etc.

Podcasts

Podcasts are essentially audio files published online, often in the form of a radio show but can also contain video. Users can subscribe to have regular podcasts sent to them and simple software now enables children to create their own radio broadcast and post this onto the web. Children should be aware of the potentially inappropriate scope of audience that a publicly available podcast has and to post to safer, restricted educational environments such as the LGfL. Podcast central area.

http://www.lgfl.net/SERVICES/CURRICULUM/Pages/Podcasting.aspx

Chatrooms

Many sites allow for ‘real-time’ online chat. Again, children should only be given access to educational, moderated chat rooms. The moderator (or referee) checks what users are saying and ensures that the rules of the chat room (no bad language, propositions, or other inappropriate behaviour) are observed. Pupils should be taught to understand the importance of safety within any chat room because they are most likely at risk out of school where they may access chatrooms such as www.teenchat.com, www.habbohotel.co.uk, www.penguinchat.com

Sanctions and infringements

The school’s Internet e-safety / Acceptable Use policy needs to be made available and explained to staff / Governors, pupils and parents, with all signing acceptance / agreement forms appropriate to their age and role. The school needs to have made clear possible sanctions for infringements.

Following any incident that indicates that evidence of indecent images or offences concerning child protection may be contained on school computers, the matter should be immediately referred to the Police. There are many instances where schools, with the best of intentions, have commenced their own investigation prior to involving the police. This has resulted in the loss of valuable evidence both on and off the premises where suspects have inadvertently become aware of raised suspicions. In some circumstances this interference may also constitute a criminal offence.

Appendix 2 – Managing email

How will e-mail be managed?

E-mail is now an essential means of communication for staff in schools and everyday life. Directed use of regulated e-mail in schools can bring significant educational benefits, increases the ease of communication with parents and within the school community and facilitates local and international school projects. However, e-mail can provide a means of access to a pupil that bypasses the traditional school physical boundaries. The central question is the degree of responsibility for self-regulation that may be delegated to an individual. Use of freely available, unregulated email within a school is not appropriate.

Technology:

Spam, phishing and virus attachments are all potential risks to be considered. Filtering software must be used to stop unsuitable mail. LGfL’s filtering provision is highly efficient in this respect, although it should be stressed that the technology only forms part of the protection strategy and should not be relied upon in isolation. Instead, it should be used alongside good classroom and supervisory practices, user education, and diligent individual behaviour.

Regulated email is filtered and accountable. Use may also be restricted to approved addresses and filtered for unsuitable content and viruses. This is the first line of defence. Schools in London have appropriate educational, filtered Internet-based e-mail options through the London Grid for Learning (LGfL).

  • StaffMail – (owned and operated by LGfL, and accessible via LGfL USO accounts).
  • LondonMail (for students) – provided by Microsoft and accessible via LGfL USO accounts
  • Safemail = LondonMail with restrictions applied (typically aimed at Key Stage 2 in particular)
  • Visualmail = an additional feature within the London MLE (Fronter) – (aimed at Key Stage 1)

StaffMail is available to staff and governors within LGfL connected schools and LAs. It has the full functionality of a Microsoft Exchange account. It is accessed with the users’ Unified Sign On (USO).

LondonMail is an email solution, which is filtered for inappropriate language and unsolicited mail, designed for pupil use. It uses a common format for identity but at the same time appears anonymous. This means a pupil’s school (and thus their age group, gender and location) are not identifiable. This conforms to current standards.
e.g. a pupil named John Smith would have the account of smitj001.123@lgflmail.net where the first three digit number is used to accommodate multiple instances of users with a similar name, and the second is the DfE code of the Local Authority.

Although this seems anonymous, because the account is linked to a LGfL sign-on database (USO) the account is always accountable and traceable.

Staff can be given a LondonMail account but this must only be used for teaching and learning purposes with pupils, and is generally only relevant for Key Stage 2 teachers. These accounts are always restricted to usage within the particular school’s LondonMail user group.

SafeMail is LondonMail with ‘rules’ applied which offers further restrictions on who the email can be sent to or received from. It is suggested this is used with Key Stage 2 pupils.

Visualmail is a feature of the London MLE and is an internal mail restricted to your school’s MLE environment. Additionally the London MLE provides a variety of alternative options for communications within a closed network other than email such as using the forum tools.

If you have a serious child protection issue using email you should refer this to your LA or other appropriate authority, (e.g. a child’s disappearance may require investigative access).

Procedures:

In the school context, e‑mail should not be considered private and most schools, and indeed Councils and businesses, reserve the right to monitor e-mail. There is a balance to be achieved between monitoring to maintain the safety of pupils and the preservation of human rights, both of which are covered by recent legislation.

The use of personal e-mail addresses for professional purposes, such as Hotmail, must be avoided by all staff working in schools. Staff should be required to use the appropriate LA or LGfL StaffMail system for professional purposes.

Individual pupil e-mails such as smitj001.123@lgflmail.net which allow pupils to send and receive messages to and from the wider world, still need to be carefully allocated to appropriate situations. A school may not even need to use email anymore as communication can be achieved within the Learning Platform. (DB Primary)

Many teenagers will have their own e-mail accounts, such as the web-based Hotmail or G-mail, which they use widely outside school, usually for social purposes. These should not be used for school purposes. Where e-mail accounts are not monitored, there is the risk that pupils could send or receive inappropriate material. External web-based e‑mail accounts with anonymous names such as pjb354@emailhost.com make monitoring and tracing very difficult and require support from the providers of the email system (who may be an international company).

Email must not be used by staff to transfer information about pupils – unless it is within an encrypted, secured email system, approved and deemed appropriate for such use by your Local Authority. [You need to check with your Local Authority what their procedures are as in generally this is not acceptable practice]. It is worth knowing that the data (in emails or other systems) does not belong to the User but to the organisation and they are not authorised to do as they please with the organisation’s data. Therefore a school user could be personally liable for breaching the Data Protection Act (DPA98) if personal information was disclosed because of their unauthorised actions.

[Email practice has direct relevance to your school Information Handling / security policy and should be considered both by the School’s Senior Information Risk Officer (SIRO) and the Information Asset Owner. Both these individuals should be named].

Education:

Staff and pupils need to be made aware of the risks and issues associated with communicating through e-mail and to have strategies to deal with inappropriate e-mails. This should be part of the school’s e-Safety and anti-bullying education programme.

In addition to the Visualmail feature in the London MLE, there are programs that can be used with the youngest pupils that ‘simulate’ an E-mail system. This provides a useful environment to teach the skills of sending and receiving an e-mail with or without an attachment to very young pupils.

Pupils need to understand good ‘netiquette’ style of writing, (this links to English) and appropriate e-mail behaviour. An e-Literacy and e-Safety scheme of work with associated links is available at http://www.lgfl.net/esafety/Pages/education.aspx?click-source=nav-esafety

Further information on LGfL email services is available at www.email.lgfl.net

Information Handling advice:

http://www.lgfl.net/esafety/Pages/policies-acceptable-use.aspx

Homework Policy

The purpose of homework at Roding is to extend or reinforce the learning and achievement of all pupils. Homework will give our pupils the opportunity to:

  • Reinforce or extend what they have learned in school.
  • Develop an effective partnership between the school and parents/carers.
  • Exploit resources for learning of all kinds at home.
  • Develop the confidence and self-discipline to study on their own.

Homework will be allocated depending on the curriculum subject and the age and ability of the child. Reading Children take home a reading book and a ‘home school’ reading diary daily and return it to school the following morning. The reading diary is used by the teacher to record activities undertaken during Guided Reading and gives parents the opportunity to make comments about their son or daughter’s reading or to correspond with the teacher. The teacher may also indicate targets for the child to work towards. Parents are provided with an age-appropriate leaflet, explaining the types of activity to undertake with children, when reading with them at home. In Years 1-6 an activity sheet is sent home at least once a week to develop the pupils’ reading skills. Children are expected to undertake a daily reading activity. In years 1-4 five minutes each day. In years 5 & 6 fifteen minutes each day. Spelling Children receive a list of spellings differentiated according to ability. Mathematics Mathematics homework is not set for Reception age pupils or pupils in the first term of Y1. A weekly task (Y1 & Y2) or fact sheet/activity sheet (Y3 & 4) is sent home on a weekly basis to reinforce the week’s objectives. When required these sheets will be differentiated according to age and ability. Research based homework Years 1 & 2 Children undertake activities related to class topics. This may involve bringing items to school or interviewing family members for example asking a grandparent to talk about what life was like when they were a child. Years 3 & 4 A research-based piece of homework is sent home at the start of each term. (Years 1 & 2 would be expected to spend approximately 1 hour per term on this activity and years 3 & 4, 1½ hours.) Pupils are asked to investigate topics such as science, history or geography. Some recording may be necessary but can take the form of drawings, photographs, interviews or made objects. Formal written responses are not a requirement. Clear guidance is sent home at the start of the project. Years 5 & 6 A research-based piece of homework is sent home each half term. Pupils are expected to spend approximately 2 ½ hours per term. Pupils are asked to investigate a topic such as science, history or geography. Guidance is provided for each term so pupils and parents know what the expectations are. A greater emphasis is placed on working independently, with parents encouraging their son or daughter to study, rather than helping them with it. Formal recording is a requirement; pupils are expected to present their work in a variety of ways. Pupils receiving additional support in English or Mathematics Pupils who have an Intervention Profile will be set homework appropriate to their needs. The support teacher will set this. (The suggested time allocation should not be exceeded.) NO OTHER HOMEWORK SHOULD BE SET. DCSF Guidelines. Suggested time allocations are as follows:

  • Year 1 and Year 2: 1.00 hour per week.
  • Year 3 and Year 4: 1.30 hours per week.
  • Year 5 and 6: .30 minutes each day.

The role of parents and carers in supporting pupils Parents/carers are encouraged to provide a reasonably quiet place to study where their son or daughter can do their homework. Make it clear to pupils that they value homework, and support the school in explaining how it can help their learning. Praise pupils when they have completed their homework. Parental consultation Parental homework agreements are sent home in the first half of the Autumn term in conjunction with the ‘meet the teacher’ event. Parents are asked to sign this agreement to confirm that they will support their child with their weekly homework.

Privacy Policy

We need to collect data from yourselves for a variety of reasons, in collecting this data we follow the requirments of the Data Protection Act. This policy is available as a downloadable PDF document HERE

Attendence and Punctuality

Regular attendance and punctuality are essential if pupils are to gain the most from their time at Roding. Parents/carers are responsible for ensuring that their children arrive on time every day. A child should only be absent if they are not well enough to attend and parent/carers must telephone the school and send a letter giving a reason for any absence. Attendance and punctuality records are checked weekly by the school’s Education Welfare Officer (EWO) who will be asked to visit families where levels of punctuality or attendance are unacceptable. Court orders and fines are now imposed on parents/carers whose children are regularly late or absent. Leave of absence If you wish your child to leave the school during the day for any reason e.g. to attend a clinic, a written request must be made to the school. No child will be allowed out of school without parental consent. Time off during Term Time Time off for holidays will not be granted in term-time. Any other requests for absence, other than dental or medical appointments, must be made in writing and may be agreed at the discretion of the Headteacher. Absences not agreed by the Headteacher will be recorded as unauthorised and remain on a pupil’s record. Redbridge authority has a zero-tolerance policy towards term time absences. As a Redbridge school Roding follows this policy and parents may be fined if they take their child out of school without the permission of the Head Teacher.

School Uniform

There is a uniform at Roding which all children from Reception upwards are expected to wear every day as it helps develop our school identity. Children may wear:

  • Navy Roding sweatshirt or plain navy pullover or cardigan
  • Plain white polo shirts, shirts or blouses
  • Black trousers, shorts, black skirts or pinafore dresses
  • Blue check or striped dresses in summer
  • White or black socks or tights
  • Plain black shoes or black or white sandals with heel strap in the summer

Nursery children may wear a light blue sweatshirt with the school logo, which is available from Reception. All children are expected to come to school appropriately dressed for the day’s activities. We stock uniform in school – please contact the office for details. Please mark all coats and uniform items with your child’s name P.E. Kit P.E. is a compulsory part of the curriculum and, in order to take part in a safe and healthy way, children need to wear the appropriate kit.

  • Plain white tee shirt, black shorts
  • Plain black plimsolls or trainers
  • Plain black tracksuit for outdoor P.E.

For apparatus and dance lessons children MUST have bare feet for safety reasons. For all other indoor games lessons, they may wear plimsolls or soft trainers. Children must change their footwear for P.E. You will be notified at the start of the school year on which days your child’s class has P.E. Please ensure they always have their kit with them. Art Clothing Children will quite often be using messy materials such as paint, glue or clay during their time in primary school. Although teachers do their best to help children remain clean, accidents will happen from time to time. In order to minimise the risk to clothing, children should bring an old shirt/apron/overall (named!) to wear during art lessons.

Safety and Security

Whilst we do not wish to turn our school into a fortress, we monitor and review our security procedures regularly. For the children’s safety, all parents and visitors must report to the MAIN ENTRANCE and RECEPTION whenever they need to come into school. Anyone on business, other than with office staff, must sign in and wear a visitor’s badge. No parent or visitor is allowed to come beyond the inner reception doors without permission. No parent or visitor is allowed to enter any of the other doors into the building which are for pupils and teachers only. All parents/carers are asked to help maintain these security measures for the safety of the children. The safety of all our children is a priority, and both teaching and non-teaching staffs are vigilant about reporting anything of concern. Parents are also asked to be vigilant about reporting anything suspicious within the vicinity of the school. It is the responsibility of parents to know what their child is bringing to school in their pockets and school bags. School policy on smoking We have a ‘No Smoking’ policy and this applies to buildings and playgrounds. Parents and other visitors are asked to respect this at all times. Dogs In the interests of health and safety, dogs must not be brought onto the school site. Walk to school We encourage all children to walk to school and take part in the Redbridge Walk to School programmes which rewards children with stickers and badges Bicycles and scooters Children may ride their bicycle to school but they must wear a helmet. Bicycles must not be ridden in the playground. Children who come on bikes should walk them round and padlock them in the cycle bays. Children are not allowed to ride scooters or use skates/skateboards in the playground. Climbing Frames The climbing frames are only for the use of our pupils during playtimes and lunchtimes. Every September, we train each class how to use the climbing frames so that they can exercise and have fun safely. Each class is given timeslots for using the frames during playtimes and lunchtimes when they are supervised by a staff member. Children are not allowed to go on the climbing frames before or after school. All parents must keep their children off the climbing frame areas before and after school. Parents and carers are not allowed to take any child onto the climbing frames. Staff safety As well as a duty of care to pupils, the school has a duty of care to its staff and will not tolerate abusive or threatening behaviour from parents or other visitors. Any member of staff faced with such behaviour has been told not to deal with the person(s) concerned but to seek help from senior staff. Abusive behaviour will result in action being taken, which may include a ban from school premises. Internet Safety The internet is absolutely amazing! We live in a time where we do so many things on line; keep in touch with relatives who live far away, watch catch-up TV and even buy the weekly shopping. However, there are new risks that we all need to be aware of. Redbridge have produced a booklet on “ESafety”. This is available to download from this link Child protection Very occasionally, a child or an adult will alert us to an incident that might be regarded as child abuse. The Headteacher acts as Child Protection Co-ordinator. Any concerns are passed to the London Borough of Redbridge Education Welfare Officers, who are able to investigate incidents objectively.

Lunches and Snacks

The school has its own kitchen where hot lunches are served every day. There is a daily choice, which includes vegetarian dishes. In order to give all children a wide choice of meal during the week, classes go in to lunch on a rota basis. The current price of school meals is £2.00 per day or £10.00 per week. All money must be put in a sealed envelope with the child’s name and class and handed in on MondaysFree school meals: Parents who receive certain benefits are entitled to free school meals for their children. If you get

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance (IBJSA)
  • an income-related employment and support allowance
  • support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit (with income below £16, 190 on 01/04/10)
  • Universal Credit

 

You can check eligibility and should register online. Click Here!   
The school receives additional funding, called the Pupil Premium, for children who receive free school meals, and this enables us to provide more activities in school and also to help parents with costs towards school trips & activities. So please apply even if your child prefers a packed lunch or has universal free school meals.

_meals.aspx Packed lunches Children, who wish, may bring a packed lunch to eat in the small hall. Cold drinks may be brought in plastic flasks or bottles. No glass containers or canned or fizzy drinks are to be brought to school. No hot drinks or soups are permitted. All lunch boxes should be clearly marked with your child’s name. Playtime snacks As the morning session is quite long, children may bring a piece of fruit to eat during break. Sweets are not allowed.

Educational Visits

The governors follow the local authority policy on charging i.e. no charge is made for any of the educational visits necessary for the teaching of the National Curriculum. However, other visits are also organised as “optional extras” to give the children a broad range of experiences, to support topic work and to assist their cultural development. Such trips will only be possible if parents/ carers pay a voluntary contribution towards their cost. If there are insufficient contributions, such trips will not be able to take place. The school will always be sympathetic to any requests made in confidence to the Headteacher from parents/carers who are unable to help out in this way. As part of the curriculum for science, geography, history or RE, classes will study the local area. We are legally obliged to have parental consent for these local visits so parents/carers are asked to complete a consent form when their child joins the school. Without this consent, children will not be able to take part in the activities. When classes go on educational trips to places further away, such as museums or art galleries in central London, information about arrangements and a consent form is always sent home.

Mobile Phones, jewellery and Toys

Mobile phones and electronic games Mobile phones, electronic games and other devices such as MP3 players must not be brought into school. Jewellery On the grounds of health and safety, no jewellery, apart from stud earrings or necklaces worn for religious reasons, may be worn to school. Where worn, these items must be removed for P.E. The school does not accept any liability for loss or damage where such items are brought to school. If a child is found to be wearing jewellery, they will be asked to remove it and it will be kept in the Headteacher’s office for collection by the parent. Toys in school Children may not bring any toys to school apart from skipping ropes.

Lost Property

The school has a lost property box, which is always full, mostly with items, which have no name! Help us to help you by naming as much clothing as possible. If you would like to look for items your child has lost, please ask at Reception and a member of staff will take you to Lost Property. We also display lost items at the end of each term. At the end of the summer term, any unclaimed items are taken to charity shops or thrown away.

Medical Matters

If a child becomes unwell or is hurt in the playground during the course of the day, a member of staff qualified in first aid will attend to them. If necessary, parents/carers will be contacted and asked to take the child home, therefore it is vital that the school has an up-to-date emergency contact number for your child. The school should be advised of any medical condition affecting your child. Pupils with asthma pumps keep these with them in the classroom/First Aid Room. It is school policy that no member of staff administers medicines to children. Medicines (including aspirin, paracetamol etc) may not be brought to school. When a child has a long-term chronic medical condition, a Care Plan is written with the help of the parents. The school medical policy is available from the office.

Discipline and Citizenship

At Roding we expect the highest standards of courtesy and behaviour and all members of the school community are expected to treat one another with respect. The use of Golden Rules is central to our ethos and these are displayed throughout the school. The school ethos is one of reinforcing good behaviour through praise and rewards appropriate to each age group. These are an important aspect of our school life and are awarded during assemblies so that recognition of achievement is made public. When pupils reach years 5 and 6, they take on more responsibility through helping as monitors in the dining room and playground at lunchtimes. A citizenship award scheme encourages their efforts. From year 2, pupils may be elected as members of the School Council by their class. The council meets to discuss any issues of general concern to pupils or staff and to seek ways that the pupils can help resolve the problems themselves. Involving the children in such matters helps them to make a positive contribution to school life and to prepare for citizenship. Helping our children to learn standards of good behaviour can only be achieved through a partnership between the school and home. When a pupil’s behaviour is giving cause for concern, parents will be involved as early as possible to help address the issue. We also ask that, in the event of a disagreement between their child and another pupil, no parent/carer approaches the other pupil, either on or off the premises, as this can create further difficulties. The school has its own procedures for dealing with such disagreements. Bullying Bullying will not be tolerated at Roding. We have a policy which sets out very clearly the definition of bullying and measures we use to prevent and deal with it. Exclusion policy All schools may, in certain serious circumstances, exclude children from school for fixed periods or permanently. We always try to avoid this and, we are happy to say that, at Roding, such exclusions are rare. Where they are imposed, exclusions are always in line with the Redbridge guidelines. The decision to exclude a child is always at the discretion of the Headteacher and parents are informed immediately. Behaviour resulting in fixed term exclusions being given has, in the past, included racism, fighting, bullying and insolence towards a member of staff. As another sanction when children persistently misbehave in the playground, we may also refuse permission for them to remain on the premises at lunchtime until we are satisfied that their behaviour has improved. A full copy of the school’s behaviour policy is available on request.

Car Parking

do not stop or park on the zig-zag lines outside the school. Parents are not allowed to park in the car park. Help keep Roding pupils safe!

Parental Partnership

Education is a partnership between home and school and parents/carers are, therefore, very welcome in our school. On matters concerning their child’s progress, parents/carers should arrange an appointment with the class teacher. The Headteacher or Deputy Head Teacher are also available to see parents by appointment. Parents/carers are also welcome to give help in our school, for example with reading or educational visits. Class teachers or parent governors will be only too pleased to explain what help is needed. Parents/carers should contact the school office if they would like further information on this. To keep parents up-to-date about the life of the school, regular newsletters are sent home with the children. From time to time, questionnaires are also sent out to gauge parents’ views and suggestions. A parents’ comments box can also be found in the reception area. Parents and Friends Association The work of the school is supported by our excellent Parent and Friends Association, which raises considerable funds for us and organises a range of social events. All parents are automatically members of the PFA and anyone wishing to find out more about ways of helping should ask at Reception for a contact name. Parent meetings These are held each term to enable parents/carers to view work and discuss their child’s progress. In the spring term, our Assessment Day provides a longer opportunity for pupils’ targets and progress to be discussed. The school hopes all parents/carers will attend these meetings.

Fund Raising

Various fund raising activities may be organised during the year. Some of these help our children to think about the needs of others by taking part in appeals from charities e.g. BBC Children in Need. Others, such as sponsored events, are to raise money for the school fund which is used in a variety of ways to the benefit of the children e.g. to pay for visiting performers or for Arts week. The support of parents and friends for these fund raising ventures is greatly appreciated.

Complaints Procedure

Staff and Governors continuously strive to improve our school. We welcome feedback and constructive suggestions for improvement. The school has a policy that any concerns about class matters will first of all be dealt with by the class teacher. Parents should arrange an appointment through the office and most concerns will be resolved in this way. If concerns remain, a senior teacher, or the Deputy Head, Mrs Blewett, will become involved. If matters cannot be resolved at this stage, an appointment may be made with the Headteacher. Every Local Authority is required in law to have a procedure for dealing with complaints about a school’s duties in a fair and considerate way. The Governing Body has adopted the Redbridge Complaints procedure, a copy of which is available from the school office.