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e-Safety award for Gloucestershire Hospital Education Service


Gloucestershire County Council's Hospital Education Service has won a special award for protecting its pupils who use technology.

The Gloucestershire Hospital Education Service (GHES) has a hospital schoolroom for paediatric inpatients and an outpatient team which provides education in the homes of children and young people who are too unwell to attend school.

During a recent visit by the South West Grid for Learning an assessor met with school staff, parents, carers, the management committee and pupils to find that the Pupil Referral Unit at GHES provides a high level of protection for those using new technologies.

This month GHES has received the '360 degree safe e-safety mark' after showing that it provides a high standard of e-safety education and awareness for all staff, pupils, parents and carers, and for making sure they can be safe online whether they are in school, in their homes or out and about using mobile phones or other handheld devices.

Cllr Paul McLain, cabinet member for children and young people said, "This is a fantastic award to win. The assessors noted that GHES is a very 'reflective' service with a willingness to learn from experience and make changes when necessary."

"It found online safeguarding embedded in the culture of the organisation and it clearly found the service is committed to making sure that all learners and staff are protected against online safety risks."

"This isn't the first time this year that GHES has been recognised. In June Emma Stevenson was awarded a National Silver Plato for teaching assistant of the year. It shows we really do have one of the best services  supporting our children and young people."

Ron Richards, lead assessor for the 360 degree safe e-safety mark congratulated the Gloucestershire Hospital Education Service on its success, "It was a pleasure to visit the service and to celebrate the very successful journey that it has embarked on to gain this award."

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