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Online safeguarding:
trends, tools and guidelines for 2018 Continued...
 The Royal Hospital School demonstrated a high standard
of online safety education and awareness for all staff, pupils and also for parents, ensuring that all users of digital technologies can be safe online – whether they are in school, at home or out and about using mobile devices.”
Ron Richards, Lead Assessor for the 360 degree safe Online Safety Mark congratulated the School on its success and commented that “there is a clear ‘whole school’ approach to online safety and the work done by lead staff means that pupil online
safety is of the highest priority.”
Headmaster, Simon Lockyer
added, “Preparing our pupils so they can use technology safely, productively and responsibly is a strength of RHS and to achieve
this National Accreditation is a reassuring endorsement of the efforts and processes that we have implemented. Achieving this in the context of a boarding school where pupils are using technology for both work and recreation is particularly pleasing given the additional challenges this poses”.
Schools under attack
It’s official, Benjamin Latrobe is school’s greatest pupil
• 1 in 5 British schools and colleges have experienced a cyber-attack
• 71% of those who have been attacked received some form of malware
• Less than a third (29%) have cyber insurance
• Loss of data and cost biggest concerns for the sector
New research from specialist insurer, Ecclesiastical, has revealed that one in five British schools and colleges has been a victim of a cyber-attack.
Of those that had experienced a cyber-attack, 71% of organisations had received some form of malware, software which is specifically designed to disrupt, damage or gain unauthorised access to a computer system. Last year, for example,
the WannaCry ransomware attack indiscriminately targeted hundreds of thousands of computers across the globe, most notably the NHS here in the UK.
Other common attacks experienced included phishing scams (50%) with 38% of schools and colleges also having experienced a denial
of service attack and a third (33%) suffering a password attack.
When asked about the precautions they were taking to protect themselves almost two thirds (65%) said they had a cyber-security plan in place but less than a third (29%) had cyber insurance.
Loss of data (82%) and the costs involved in putting things right (47%) were seen as the biggest concern. However, 34% said that they were also worried about the reputational risk to individuals and
the potential impact on public trust (37%).
Faith Parish, education director at Ecclesiastical, said: “Cyber cover should be considered as part of
a holistic solution, not the single response. Having the right cover in place alongside, and in support of, an internal IT solution is vital.”
At the end of 2017, parents were warned to take care when paying fees as cyber criminals tried to divert payments into their own bank accounts. Already in 2018, it was reported that the CCTV systems of four UK schools had been hacked and live footage of staff and pupils was accessible on an American website.
Despite this, almost three quarters (74%) of schools and colleges said that they felt their organisation
was fully prepared to deal with a cyber-attack. Those who did not feel confident cited lack of in-house knowledge, outdated software
and only backing up data in one location as the main reasons why.
“Cyber criminals are developing and evolving their tactics all the time,
so dealing with these threats often requires very specialist skills. When choosing cyber cover schools should look at what the cover provides carefully. Access to third party support, legal advice and specialist cyber advice is paramount when dealing with this type of incident, and is something that is often overlooked by those purchasing cover.” Faith added.
The research also revealed that only 14% have put the Government backed, Cyber Essentials Scheme in place and just 7% are developing or considering it.
The architect credited with planning Washington DC and designing parts of the White House in America has been named Fulneck School’s greatest ever pupil.
Benjamin Latrobe who entered Fulneck, Yorkshire, in 1767 was
the resounding winner of a vote
by current pupils who chose
from a list of famous alumni that included a former Prime Minister, a Bond girl and a social reformer.
The runner-up in the poll held
as part of the ‘Fulneck’s Greatest’ event was actress Dame Diana Rigg who appeared in the James Bond film ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’ and starred in the 1960’s TV series The Avengers. More recently Ms. Rigg played Lady Olenna Tyrell in Game of Thrones.
In joint third place were Henry Herbert Asquith and Richard Oastler. Mr Asquith was British Prime Minister from 1908 until 1916 and Leader of the Liberal Party from 1908-1926. Meanwhile Richard Oastler was a prominent social reformer who campaigned tirelessly for the 10 Hours Factory Bill (leading to the Factories Act of 1847) which earned him the title ‘The Factory King’.
Other illustrious names on the short list included Sir Robert Robinson who received a Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1947 and Terry Miller, Chief Engineer for British Rail who, amongst many
achievements, devised plans for the InterCity 125 passenger train.
The credentials of each of the candidates were presented to the audience of pupils and staff by groups of students before the secret ballot took place.
The event was organised by Fulneck’s Head of Pastoral Care Rob Potts who said: “The real purpose of the event was to demonstrate to current pupils that through hard work and ambition you can achieve great things. Most of the people on the list including Benjamin Latrobe had to overcome difficulties to achieve what they did in their chosen fields and should serve as excellent role models.
“The pupils who stood up in the packed church and talked about their chosen candidate are also to be congratulated, particularly our international students for whom English is not their first language. They all did a great job.”
The key note speech was delivered by another former pupil, Ian Sykes MBE (pictured with head Deborah Newman) who attended Fulneck between 1950 and 1959 and was returning for the very first time. A keen climber, Mr Sykes has spent 40 years in mountain rescue and has written two books, In the Shadow of Ben Nevis and Cry Argentina, a semi-fictional account of the lead up to the Falklands War.
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