GHES parents/carers page
Educational research demonstrates that, "Parental engagement has a large and positive impact on children's learning". (DfE, 'Best practice in parental Involvement' 2010).
Gloucestershire Hospital Education Service (GHES) really values the partnership we have with parents and carers and we encourage an on-going dialogue.
Parents and carers have an important part to play in Hospital our education plans.
Parents are invited to review meetings where reintegration or forward plans are discussed and GHES ensure that parent/carers have a voice and contribute to the target setting process.
We also have a termly parents/carers newsletter (see download section on this page).
Below is some key information for parents/carers on:
1. Ofsted and parent view
Ofsted inspectors last made a full inspection of the Gloucestershire Hospital Education Service on 8-9 November 2012, a full copy of their report can be seen in the download section of this page.
Any parents or carers of current Gloucestershire Hospital Education Service wishing to access Ofsted's Parent View Survey can do so by clicking on this link: https://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk/)
A full copy of our GHES Children Protection and Safeguarding policy can be found on the GHES policies page.
Please contact us if you would like a paper copy.
The 'Offer of Early Help' section of this policy (which can be found on the download section of this page) is particularly helpful for parents and covers information about where to go for help in regards to the full range of issues that can arise.
We encourage parents to seek early help for any issues that arise at any time. The Offer of Early Help also highlights information and where to go for help in regards to the the main safeguarding issues that have been specifically named and highlighted by the DfE (Department of Education) in the 'Keeping Children Safe in Education' statutory guidance to schools (2016).
3. Keeping your child safe online and using technology
We all struggle to keep up with our children and their activities online or on their phones.
For children and young people who are receiving their education at home, or in hospital (due to medical needs) our experience is that they may be using the internet more than their peers as the internet becomes more important in terms of connecting to the outside world.
Therefore, we feel it is even more important for parents of GHES pupils to be clued up as to how to make sure that their children are safe online.
A Gloucestershire Police Officer said to our staff that when thinking about 'Stranger Danger' we need to be aware that strangers can reach our children through the internet.
We may think our children are safe in their rooms playing on their computers; but there is potential for significant harm.
With the right safeguarding mechanisms in place we can ensure that being online is a positive and life-enhancing experience for your children.
The GHES Internet Safety Top Tips for parents document can be found in the download section on this page along with some other useful documents.
Do you know what sexting is?
The NSPCC has a very useful website with lots of information for parents, with simple to understand fact sheets, details about how to set parental controls and what to do if your child has been sexting.
4. Online E-safety course for parents
We are pleased to tell you that we continue to fund an E-Safety Online Training course for any parents/carers of pupils being supported by GHES.
It takes about 30 minutes to complete and is through a well respected online training company.
If you would like to undertake this online training course or for further details email: email@example.com
On completion you will be awarded a certificate.
Doing this course is also a good opportunity to discuss online safety at home with your children and to keep up-to-date with the latest online safety issues.
It is important thing is to talk about internet safety. Find a suitable time to sit down as a family and discuss the dangers inherent in the internet and other online technologies.
The internet is not something to be feared, but it is something of which to be cautious. Everyone should agree to follow agreed house rules.