Earlier this week, I shared guidance around remote learning. Part of this involves direct learning – in our context – mainly using Google Meets. Safeguarding guidance from Highland Council is in place to ensure the safety of all as below;
Audio/video sessions must be conducted in locations and situations which meet professional and safeguarding expectations. For video sessions, please note the following advice:
- The room chosen for the session should be appropriate, e.g. living/dining room and the background of the image behind the person online should be neutral & appropriate, not providing personal or sensitive information.
- An expectation to all pupils should be made that when they are involved in a video session, they should also do so in a public room e.g. living/dining room or appropriate are in a living space.
- A pupil can be asked to move themselves to an appropriate location if the teacher feels that this should be the case.
- Where possible, other individuals, e.g. children, family members etc., must not be in shot or be able to be heard during a video or audio session.
- Clothing worn by teachers/professionals should be appropriate for the situation.
- These expectations also apply to the student and the teacher/professional should terminate and reschedule the session as appropriate if it is felt that they are not being met.
- Should a teacher/professional become concerned by anything that they see or hear during a session, then this should be reported to the Head Teacher.
- Teachers/professionals may record any sessions conducted via audio or video with agreement of all involved (e.g. to allow others to watch a lesson at a later date.)
- Students (and Parents) may not record any session conducted via audio or video.
We thank you for your support in follow these guidelines.