Child Protection & Online Safety
I am strongly committed to safeguarding and have completed regular training on child protection and online safety throughout my career, training which is repeated and updated on a very regular basis. I have been in possession of an up-to-date full DBS (formerly CRB) disclosure since I began teacher-training in 1999 and have voluntarily signed up to the government's update service, meaning that this is automatically renewed every three years. I am a member of The Tutors' Association (indeed I currently sit on the Board of Directos) and signed up to their Code of Conduct. Through my full-time work as a teacher and as a Director of The Tutors' Association I am required to update my training on a regular basis.
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, provided that you let me know that this is your intention; I will never record sessions myself, but I am 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 re. its safety. Rest assured that all of my tutoring sessions begin with a fresh, unique meeting link, shared directly and exclusively with you via email, on the day that the session is due to take place. In addition, I enable the "waiting room" feature, which grants me full control over who can join the meeting; these dual precautions prevent any possibility of a session being interrupted by unsolicited parties.
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 high-security pass code and all files containing personal information are individually password-protected. 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.