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The Village Academy is a group of town, city and village schools that have joined together to provide the very best education for the children in our care and where we believe that education is very much a matter of the individual.

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Internet Matters.Org is an ideal place for Parents and Carers to start when wanting to understand how to support your child to use the internet safely.

The slideshow below has been taken from their site as a guide - but please do take time to look at the wealth of information available.

Another excellent site is CEOP's THINKUKNOW website - home of the Report Abuse Button. Of course it's also available at the bottom of our pages as well - so again show your children where it is and how to use it.

Using the ACRONYM S.M.A.R.T is another excellent learning tool - taken from the Kidsmart website - A great site for the kids too with info and games to help.

S = SAFE: 

Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information when you’re chatting or posting online. Personal information includes your email address, phone number and password.


Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous.

Only do so with your parents’ or carers’ permission and even then only when they can be present. Remember online friends are still strangers even if you have been talking to them for a long time.


Accepting emails, IM messages, or opening files, pictures or texts from people you don’t know or trust can lead to problems – they may contain viruses or nasty messages!


Someone online might lie about who they are and information on the internet may not be true.

Always check information with other websites, books or someone who knows. If you like chatting online it’

T = TELL: 

Tell your parent, carer or a trusted adult if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried, or if you or someone you know is being bullied online.

Other websites:

What is - and isn't - legal online?

The digital world is so new that half the time we don't know what the rules are.

In fact, there are plenty of laws governing what you can and can't do online. Here's our guide to what you should and shouldn't be doing online (legally, anyway).

Understanding online shaming - a guide for parents

You’ve probably heard of public shaming.

It’s a centuries-old punishment, for anything from a crime to someone doing something others feel is morally wrong. But what is online shaming? And how does it differ?

Safer Internet Day 2018: a parent's guide

All you need to know about the global initiative that encourages safe internet use.

Having a positive digital footprint

Top tips on how to help your child make their online presence work for them.

Fake news: who can you trust?

We’ve heard a lot about fake news recently but what is it? Nicky Cox, editor in chief of First News, offers advice for parents.

Useful learning links

School Links:

Useful learning resources to help support your child.

Letters and Sounds:

Free Letters and Sounds Resources.

Whether you are a parent or teacher, you can use these free resources to help support the DfE’s Letters and Sounds phonics programme

Helping Your Child to Learn:

An archived page from the former 'Direct Gov' website, containing various links giving you hints and tips on how to support your child's education and learning at home.

South East Grid for Learning:

Here you can find direct routes to selected Teaching and Learning resources from SEGfL and the National Education Network.

TES I-Board:

Large collection of Flash learning resources divided by year and subject.

Think! Education:

Information for parents about how to help keep children safe on the road and home-link sheets for you to complete with your child related to the classroom activities that your child might have completed in school.

Parents in Touch

Education and schooling information for parents.

Downloadable worksheets for all National Curriculum Key Stages and SATS.

BBC learning – parents:

Search for learning games, activities, or worksheets to help your child learn at home.

Jolly Learning:

Make learning fun and easy!

Inky Mouse and her friends, Bee and Snake would like to welcome you to the new look Jolly Learning website, the home of Jolly Phonics, Jolly Grammar and Jolly Music.

Focus on Phonics:

Focus on Phonics is for parents, carers, teachers and all those interested in giving young children the best possible start in reading.

Synthetic phonics:

A website dedicated to promoting the Synthetic Phonics Teaching Principles for teaching reading, spelling and writing in the English language.

A Piece of Pie:

Inspiration and information from the poet, storyteller and educational consultant Pie Corbett.

Dymchurch and District Heritage Group:

Step back in time and discover some of the history that Dymchurch holds.

Dymchurch & District Heritage Group aim to preserve the area's local history for future generations.

World Book Day

World Book Day is a celebration!

It’s a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.