“Last year I commissioned Eagle Radio to undertake a large-scale campaign on our behalf to include all state funded senior schools in Surrey to engage young people in, and educate them about the risks involved in the use of social media. I am aware that Holly Powell-Jones has led this project and delivered dozens of assemblies and engagement events across Surrey over the last few months as part of this project. Further, I am aware that she authored the script for each scenario, devised the style necessary for each audience and has continually made efforts to suit style of content and delivery to individual audiences.

“I personally witnessed such efforts last month at a ‘Special Needs School’ in Farnham, Surrey, where I was impressed at her energy and commitment to a group of young people who  were slightly more challenging to engage with, in terms of teaching/facilitation style. In my opinion as a qualified youth worker and ex-trainer the lesson plan, execution and learning/teaching style were excellent and absolutely right for the audience.” 

– Jeff Harris, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey

“The workshop provided was, without doubt, one of the best we have had from an ‘outside provider’. Our pupils all have Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, as well as a range of learning difficulties. This can make for a challenging audience for any presenter! The materials provided by Holly were tailored to meet the needs of the pupils. They had lots of opportunities to give their thoughts and opinions and these were dealt with effectively and sensitively by Holly. When pupils went off-track, she was able to bring them back to the subject matter and re-engage them. The pupils and staff were all impressed with the content, delivery and relevance of the workshop.  Thank you for bringing a difficult topic into the here and now for us.”

 – Jo Nunn (St Nicholas School)

“The tutor instantly developed a good rapport with our students as she took them through the issues of keeping safe and using social media sites appropriately. Our students learnt a lot and could later recall the main points of libel, harassment and the dangers of speaking to strangers. Students interacted with each other as they discussed their outcomes. We would definitely use the tutor again – she used clear language, explaining things well with concrete examples that our students could relate to.” 

– Julie Taylor (KS4 Manager at Limpsfield Grange)

“Students found the day really informative and found the facts about copyright laws and libel / defamation really useful. Many students found the case studies really informative and this highlighted to our students consequences when using social websites to be derogatory towards others. I felt this day was invaluable to all involved, there was something for us all to learn and take away from this. As Subject leader for PSHE I will endeavour to deliver sessions on social media law and ethics on an annual basis to ensure all of our students are informed and aware of how to use the internet safely.” 

– Nicola Woodroffe (Therfield School)

“Your presentation was thought provoking, hard hitting and informative, it has stimulated some great discussion between both students and staff. Our students found it supportive and helped them to realise what they ‘need to know’ and most importantly ‘be aware of’.” 

– Robert Coombes, Deputy Headteacher at Broadwater School 

“Having a journalist deliver the workshop made it more meaningful and helped engage the students. The content was hard hitting, and has certainly provoked some useful discussion with students and staff. Feedback from the students was very positive. They feel that they now have more understanding of how they can “keep out of trouble” and also appreciate why sometimes it is a good thing to allow a trusted adult to monitor on-line behaviour.” 

-Annie Welch, Home School Link Worker at Gosden House School

“Most of our pupils use social networking sites and so it was a good opportunity to raise awareness of the potential serious implications of misuse, whether intentional  or accidental. The workshops extended and developed our pupils understanding of the law and social media. It provoked debate and it enabled a range of misconceptions to be challenged. One pupil said to me afterwards, “I never knew that employers could check your Facebook account and use the information to make decisions about you. This has been a great start to our work on e-safety and would like to work alongside Holly in future projects.”  

– Andy Macfarlane, Assistant Headteacher at West Hill School

The training we received was excellent.  It was at a good pace for our students and very well presented.  The students found they had time to think about different scenarios and it prompted really good, relevant discussions.  They were all interested and engaged. Our students don’t use social media as much as other main stream kids but it is still relevant and good for them to have an understanding of the issues as  they are more vulnerable than mainstream students.  It is essential they are taught about the pitfalls and implications of not using it correctly.”  

– Annie Paget (Senior Teacher Post-16 / FE at Walton Leigh School) 

“An excellent presentation, well delivered… Good use of Q&A sessions and great to raise awareness. Most of the problems I deal with all stem from social media problems…. This would be great to do every year to key stage 3, 4 and 5!”

– Keeleigh Frost (Head of Year 11 at St Bede’s School)


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