The E-Cadet programme is an age-appropriate e-Safety scheme which Highcliffe uses to promote e-safety through teaching pupils how to stay safe, how to protect themselves from harm and how to take responsibility for their own and others’ safety. Through the eCadet programme, Highcliffe has developed its digital citizenship
The programme is coordinated by one of the teachers, as E-Cadet coordinator. However, the role of the teacher is really just as an administrator – the majority of the teaching and learning is led by the E-Cadets themselves: two elected pupils per class. Materials and suggestions for activities are provided. It is up to the E-Cadets how they use them. The E-Cadets either present and lead challenges within classes or complete whole-school challenges such as leading assemblies with the aim of the whole-school learning skills to promote a safe digital life. The programme demonstrates the power of peer teaching as classmates are always enthusiastic and engaged. Teachers and other adults in the school community are also learning from the E-Cadets.
Once challenges have been completed, the E-Cadets upload them to E-Cadets HQ who assess the school’s learning. Schools score points for these challenges which determines their position in a league table. The E-Cadets are also promoted for successfully completing challenges.
Highcliffe E-Cadets are currently lying third in the national league table and have attained the rank of E-Cadet ambassadors. In addition to this, through the efforts of all pupils, Highcliffe has been awarded the Gold Award Centre of Excellence for consistently being in the top ten schools nationally and the only one in Leicestershire to achieve this.