Across all of our NPCAT school pupils will access remote education via the Google Platform.

WHAT IS GOOGLE CLASSROOM?

Google Classroom is a secure online educational resource resource that can be accessed from any device connected to the internet – laptops, desktop computers, chromebooks, tablets or mobile phones.

Accessing Google Classroom

Pupils can access Google Classroom using the mobile apps (Android and iOS), or via a web browser by visiting www.classroom.google.com. They should sign in using their St Gerard’s email address or user name that they have been given by their teacher.

Once pupils have logged in, they will see the class overview page. From here they can see all of the classes they are registered with and a summary of any work due.

Class Teachers will set weekly homework using Google Classroom. Google Classroom is also used to send announcements to entire classes, share resources, lesson notes, PowerPoints, diagrams, and home learning.

Please see the attached guides which will enable you to support your child when using  Google Classroom.

 

Keeping children safe continues to be our top priority. All school staff have a continuing responsibility to promote the welfare of the children we teach. Therefore, our home learning expectations follow the same principles set out in our Safeguarding, Online Safety and Behaviour policies.

We educate children and parents about the benefits and risks of using new technology and provides safeguards and awareness for users to enable them to control their online experiences. When accessing remote learning, children’s  screen time will inevitably be increased, both for home learning and personal use. The school is committed to keeping children safe online and to ensuring positive online interaction between teachers, parents and children. In line with this, some work is also set which is not computer-based, to allow pupils learning time away from screens.

Children will be taught:

  • Appropriate online behaviour
  • How to evaluate what they see online
  • How to identify online risks
  • How to recognise techniques used for persuasion
  • How and when to seek support

Online Safety

At School

As part of your child’s curriculum and the development of computer skills, we provide access to the internet only in teacher supervised lessons. We strongly believe that the use of the internet and email is hugely worthwhile and an essential tool for children as they grow up in the modern world.

As part of the curriculum, we teach children how to stay safe online through E-safety based lessons- where children can discuss how to stay safe online. We also encourage children to promote E-safety through displays and engaging in Safer Internet Day every year.

 

At Home

As a parent you’ll know how important the internet is to children – they use it to learn, play, socialise and express themselves.  It’s a highly creative place of amazing opportunities.  But the technology children use every day can seem a bit daunting and you might worry about the risks your child can face online – such as bullying, contact from strangers or the possibility of them seeing illegal or inappropriate content.

You can engage with your children regarding their use of the internet while at home.  Here are some conversation starter ideas from www.childnet.com

Use this poster to help support you and your child stay safe only-

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