- About Dot Com
- Ideology / core values / purpose
- Track record
How do I order the journals?
To order journals please use Buy Journals link under Information on the left of the page. Click on the journal you are interested in to see more information and then select the options of a full class or a half class. Then follow the instructions. The charity provides a complimentary teachers guide with each class.
What issues does it tackle?
Even thought there is never any mention of the following in the journals, the programme has been proven to help to tackle a wide range of issues including bullying, grooming, Domestic Violence (DV), Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE), Gang and Youth Violence, radicalisation and Terrorism. The resource is also recommended for the prevention of FGM by the Home Office.
What does Ofsted say about the programme?
The Dot Com flagship school, St. Clements C of E Academy in Birmingham, since taking up the programme in 2013. has improved their Ofsted scores from unsatisfactory to good overall and outstanding in safeguarding and pupil safety.
In 2013, an HMI inspection of St. Clement’s Academy, recognised the school’s proactive approach to raising difficult issues and its effect on wellbeing and attendance. ‘Pupils report that they value being taught about how to deal with the anti-social behaviour, gang culture, knife and gun crime that exists in some of their local neighbourhoods…Positive role models are used to reinforce high standards of behaviour and to help pupils understand how to deal with the difficulties they may meet, including in relation to the safe use of the internet and social networking sites. Attendance is now in line with the national average and has improved considerably because of the good range of strategies to promote better attendance.’
In 2014, an Ofsted Inspection also recognised the school’s use of the programme as constructive to the safety and wellbeing of the pupils. ‘The school’s work to keep pupils safe and secure is outstanding. Pupils trust adults in the school implicity and learn how to be responsible for their own actions. Parents and staff are unanimous in their view that the pupils are safe and very well looked after.’ ‘All cultures mix happily together in a lively and colourful environment and are provided with an excellent spiritual, moral, social and cultural education.’
How much does it cost?
The Values Journals are sold in sets for a full class or half a class. The full class costs £150 and includes 35 journals to ensure there are enough to accommodate a larger class or to give to any new pupils who join the class. The half class set costs £80 and includes 18 journals. It is designed for schools with low class numbers or for use in out of school settings. Both the full and half sets include a Teacher’s Guide which is supplied free of charge by the Dot Com Children’s Foundation.
Is there training available?
Training is funded by the charity and supplied at no cost to schools. Teachers, learning mentors, teaching assistants, pastoral care and inclusion staff can attend training. The training is multi-agency and will include representatives of the police service. Youth inclusion officers, PCSOs, Safer Schools officers are likely to attend to meet with teachers and support staff. The training is delivered in a 3 hour session and is sometimes offered in a local group setting or can be delivered during inset sessions at individual schools. Training is delivered by a Dot Com co-ordinator who will come to your school.
What support do we receive?
Rachel Turley is the Dot Com National Co-ordinator based in Birmingham who can offer support via email and phone regarding any enquiries or concerns during delivery to schools across the country and can deliver training in the West Midlands. Rachel is a former Pastoral Care Manager who delivered the programme for 4 years in St Clements Academy across years 1 to 6.
Sarah Caesar is the Dot Com London Co-ordinator and based in Whitehorse Manor School in Croydon another Dot Com flagship school.
Kally Mylvahan is a flexible Dot Com Trainer who is available to support schools around the country.
How long will the program run for?
Many schools teach the programme for one hour a week in PSHE across the school year, and can link it in to events in the school calendar such as Black History month or Anti-Bullying Week. Other schools introduce the programme for one term for one hour a week and allow less time for class discussion. Some head teachers have the resources delivered by pastoral care staff during PPA time which means it is very easy to slot in. There are also a number of faith schools who deliver the lessons during RE and some schools make more time by delivering some sessions from the journals in a cross curricula way ie: in English, RE, IT, Art and even certain aspects in PE.
Is there planning available – can this be extended?
Planning is provided in the Teacher’s Guides and all lessons are linked to the National Curriculum. Extension lessons and activities are also included. There are also parent workshops supplied to include families and carers.
Can it be amended in any way?
The journal as a resource is very flexible and can be used to support the ideas and planning of the teacher implementing it. Teachers are free to use all or part of the journals and to teach the material in a style they think best suited to the class.
Do we need the journals or just the Teacher’s Guides?
The journals are a necessary part of the program and provide the child with their own individual safeguarding tool. When talking about pupil voice the journals evidence that children are developing their voice and are being listened to. They are private and belong to the child and children can choose if they want to share their thoughts with the class.
Children are clearly told that their journals will be read by the teacher. This gives the child a way to communicate with the teacher about difficult or sensitive issues either at home or at school which the teachers would otherwise have no idea were happening. They allow the teacher to find out if any pupils feel unsafe at home or in school or on their school journey. Teachers also have support from the police if there are serious concerns.
The journals belong to the child and create a fun and engaging way to learn. They give the lessons a fun and different atmosphere, with every child able to express their own creativity and come out of the year with a tangible product they have made their own.
What areas of PHSE does it cover?
The lessons cover all PSHE & Citizenship Objectives as well as the recently introduced requirements for teaching British Values. To see a table mapping the lesson themes across the journals please click here.
What Police support is available?
Generally support comes from your Safer Neighbourhood Team. A local PCSO will come in to support the lessons that involve police messages, such as weapons or what is a crime? But the teacher delivers the lesson with the officer on hand to answer questions and talk with the children while they work on their journals. The lessons are designed to help children understand the safeguarding role of the police and allows officers to be visitors who are role models in the community there to keep children safe.
Do we have to use it whole school? If not where is it best to target or trail?
The journals are designed to reinforce values in all year groups, the resources grow with the children and gradually introduce new ideas while developing the core themes. The best results come when the program is used every year throughout the school. However the journals are also suitable to be used for individual classes and work very effectively on their own.
If a school does not wish to use a whole school approach, we recommend starting with year 3 and year 5. This gives children an opportunity to take on board the messages when they first come in to school and then it is reinforced before they reach the age of criminal responsibility (10 years old).
Is it only for primary schools?
The programme is designed for primary schools however it is successfully in use in a number of secondary schools for students with special educational needs and disabilities. It has proven to be very effective in schools which cater to children with extreme emotional and behavioural disorders including ADHD.
The founder of the Dot Com Children’s Foundation also produced the ‘Watch Over Me’ TV series which is a free resource available here
Who has endorsed the program?
The Home Office actively supports the program, as well as police around the country including former ACPO President Sir Hugh Orde and Sara Thornton CBE QPM Chief Constable. Tony and Cherie Blair have been constant supporters of the program since Tony Blair launched the programme in 2002 when he was Prime Minister.
Our Trustees are chaired by Kathryn Blair and James Goodman son of Strictly head judge Len Goodman and Terry Rogers from HM Treasury.
Our Patron is the fantastic Kristina Rhianoff from BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing.