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Digital Leaders achievements and updates

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We are starting a new monthly blog feature to share schools who have completed their training, updates from the Childnet team and good news stories from Digital Leaders schools.

Digital Leaders Regional Event

Our first Regional Event was held at Titus Salt School in Saltaire, West Yorkshire, on 20th November.  The event was a huge success and saw schools from in and around the north of the UK attend participate in training as well as to meet other Digital Leaders from other schools.  You can read the full blog post here.

Anti-Bullying Week blog

Thank you and well done to all the Digital Leaders teams who shared their activities during for Anti-Bullying Week 2018 which ran from 19th to 23rd November.  It was amazing to see all the fantastic ways that you spread awareness and kindness in your school and community.  We have put together a blog to share the content Group Leaders emailed to us which you can check out here. 

Student guest blog on Anti-Bullying Week

Acklam Grange students put on some fantastic events as part of Anti-Bullying Week 2018.  Mo, a Digital Leader, wrote a guest blog for us about the week and you can read it here.

Facebook Community Boost event

Digital Leaders from Woodford County High School for Girls took part in a Facebook event which was attended by MPs as well as industry experts.  Eman, Farisha and Leya demonstrated their expertise in online safety by speaking to MPs with confidence and ease.  Students also wrote a guest blog about their experience and you can read about it here.

Well done to the Digital Leader teams from the following schools who have recently completed their online training!

Abbey Primary School, Northampton

Barrow Hedges Primary School- 2nd cohort!

Bishop Wordsworth’s School

Bonner Primary School

Bromley High School- Juniors

Clayesmore Preparatory School

Cokethorpe School

De Bohun Primary School

Edgbaston High School for Girls

Frogmore Junior School- 2nd cohort!

Gearies Primary School- 3rd cohort!

International School of the Hague Primary

Kensington Prep School

Linton Primary School

Manor Junior School

New Delaval Primary School

North London Collegiate Junior School

Norwich High Prep School- Juniors

Oakley Vale Primary School

Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Primary

Reed’s School

Saltford C of E Primary School

Sawtry Village Academy

Spring Gardens Primary School

St Augustine’s CE Primary School, Manchester

St Richards Catholic College

Stanford Le Hope Primary School

The Flying Bull Academy- 2nd cohort!

The Royal Masonic School for Girls

William Howard

Willington School

If your school would like to share what your Digital Leaders team have been up to then please email [email protected] to be included in the next update!

Activities to try with your Digital Leaders this month

  • Write a blog – Help us populate our brand new website with all your awesome activities! Let us know what your Digital Leaders have been up to and we’ll feature it on our Blogs.  You’ll receive a ‘Write a Blog’ badge if you’re on the primary platform and a ‘Childnet advocate’ award on the secondary platform. Take a look at St John’s Bosco RC Primary School’s excellent blog for inspiration.
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Students write guest blog about the Facebook Community Boost event

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On the 14th November Digital Leaders from Woodford County High School attended the Facebook Community Boost event and spoke to MPs. Students, Leya, Farisha and Eman have written a blog about their experience.

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Hi everyone! We are from Woodford County High School located in South Woodford (London if you didn’t know) and recently, we went to the Facebook Community Boost event held by Facebook at Millbank Tower in Pimlico.

The train ride was extremely long, people from all over London were coming and going – and as you can imagine, the train was extremely crowded!  We entered the building earlier than we expected and were warmly welcomed by the staff. We met Caroline Hurst, the previous Director of Education at Childnet and we were given special lanyards stating our business there.

We were led to the VIP elevator and into the event hall with a picturesque view of the River Thames. We were gifted an Instagram pop socket, notebook and a pen. Then they offered us food and we were given a tour around the building. We met people who are running various projects with the aim to help local communities. There were many props to play around with and there was an Instagram swing that we got to take a picture on. After this, the aim of the main event started.

Various MPs came through the door and visited our stand. We talked about how amazing being a Digital Leader is and what we have established so far.  We talked with various MPs, like Jack Brereton, who also gave us advice on what we could do to help our own communities more.

Luckily, we had the chance to speak with the CEO of Childnet, Will Gardner. He complimented us on our work so far and how well we were articulating ourselves when speaking with the guests. He even gave us advice on what we could do in the future to include our peers more through events like assemblies.

This event was a once in a lifetime opportunity. Although we felt nervous at the beginning, we conquered our fears and were able to speak confidently with the guests. It also helped that they were extremely friendly and relaxed talking with us about the topic of technology and how it affects society.

We got to learn more about how we can have bigger impact on our society and we are feeling more confident in ourselves. We would also like to think we influenced at least one of the MPs as he called us inspiring!

We would like to thank the CEO of Childnet and his team, including Danielle Antha and Caroline Hurst. We would like to thank Facebook for the event and our teacher for choosing us to participate!


We would like to thank the Woodford County High Digital Leaders for being such fantastic representatives of the Digital Leaders Programme, and a special thank you to Leya, Farisha and Eman for writing this blog.  If your Digital Leaders would like to write a guest blog, please contact [email protected]

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