Child Protection & Online Safety
I am fully committed to safeguarding and have completed regular training throughout my career. I have been in possession of an enhanced full DBS (formerly CRB) disclosure since I began teacher-training in 1999 and have signed up to the government's update service, meaning that this is automatically renewed. I will be maintaining a relationship with the local state school I worked in for 14 years in order to benefit from their in-person safeguarding training. I am signed up to the weekly updates shared by Andrew Hall, a safeguarding expert who trains DSLs. All of this ensures that I stay alert to and aware of concerns beings raised in schools about young people's safety, including online.
The use of Zoom
Zoom enables screen-sharing, which means that I can show presentations, past papers, quizzes and other resources to your child. It does not, however, grant me access to or control over your machine. Unless you advise me otherwise, I will always invite you to the Zoom meeting along with your child (via your email address), which means that you can join the meeting and check on us at any time. Alternatively, or in addition, you are welcome to record any of the sessions so that you can view them at a time that is convenient to you; I will never record sessions myself, but I am more than happy to advise you on how to do so.
Following a huge increase in Zoom's usage for educational purposes during lockdown in 2020, there has been some anxiety on social media about its safety. Most of the issues were caused by the inevitable fact that a large number of teachers and institutions who were unfamiliar with the platform were starting to use it very quickly, with little to no training or preparation. You can be assured that all of my tutoring sessions begin with a unique, one-time generated meeting link, shared directly and exclusively with you via email on the morning that the session is due to take place. I do not use the recurring meeting feature, nor do I use my personal ID: this minimises any risk of the link being accidentally shared with other parties. In addition, enabling the "waiting room" feature grants me full control over who can join the meeting; these precautions prevent any possibility of a session being interrupted by unsolicited parties. Your child will be 100% safe online.
Data Protection and GDPR
Any data that I hold on you is password-protected and will be destroyed on request. Both my iPhone and my computer are protected by a complex pass-code and all files containing personal information are individually password-protected. My computer is protected by up-to-date anti-virus software and our WiFi connection is also protected by a unique password (not the standard manufacturer's code). I keep no physical records of your personal details. I will not share your data with anyone else except at your own request (for example, if you would like me to put you in touch with another tutor).