As part of our on-going relationships with primary schools, Head of Computing, Mr Ian Ramsden, is visiting local schools to share his expertise and experiences regarding E-Safety.

In recent sessions with Kilmersdon Primary School in Somerset, Mr Ramsden talked with Year 6 pupils about their concerns online, including keeping passwords safe and cyber bullying. He also spent time creating a lesson plan with the Year 6s for them to present to other year groups, as appropriate, sharing knowledge and advice through the school.

Mr Ramsden also runs Downside’s Digital Leaders group in line with the Childnet Digital Leaders Programme. In an online study this year conducted by Childnet, 82% of teachers said they noticed safer online behaviours from young people as a result of the programme, and 92% of Digital Leaders said the training made them feel more confident about educating other pupils in their school.

The running of the Downside group is helped by prefects Marta and Jerdzej, both UWC scholars who came to the Downside Sixth Form from Poland this year to study A level Computer Science, amongst other subjects. Downside Digital Leaders are tasked with helping fellow pupils and staff to become better digital citizens, and will take the lead on E-Safety and digital literacy within the School. Next term the group will join Mr Ramsden on some of his outreach visits.

Click here to find out more about the Childnet Programme.