Margo Parker - Passmores Academy

Well done to Margo Parker at Passmores Academy in Essex, who has recently been awarded the Handsam Hero Award for individual performance in Health and Safety for the Academic Year 2013/14 . 

Everyone at Passmores Academy deserves recognition for this achievement, but especially Margo. It demonstrates their collective positive attitude with regards to Health and Safety. The Academy and Margo have completely embraced the Handsam System and we are delighted to recognise their achievements with this award.

Managing Director of Handsam Ltd, Simon Lowe, said:
“We’re delighted to recognise Margo’s diligent approach to Health and Safety at Passmores Academy. Achieving this Handsam Hero Award shows how committed Margo is and indicates that Passmores Academy take Health and Safety extremely seriously. It has also allowed the Trust to grow by taking on further schools, which again shows how committed Passmores Academy Trust is to ensuring the safety of staff, students and visitors.”

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Finance & Business Manager, Jodie Howells (Left) with Handsam Managing Director, Simon Lowe (Right)

Well done to Jodie Howells at Oasis Academy Bank Leaze, who has recently been awarded the Handsam Hero Award for individual performance in Health and Safety for the Academic Year 2013/2014 . Oasis Academy Bank Leaze have also been awarded a Handsam Most Improved award for their tremendous improvement in their Health and Safety performance.

Handsam are celebrating the second year of these prestigious awards which recognise performance and excellence across every aspect of Health and Safety – including trips and visits, leadership, office management, first aid and facilities management.

Jodie and everyone’s efforts at Oasis Bank Leaze Academy have made this achievement possible. This achievement demonstrates their positive attitude to Health and Safety. The School and Jodie have completely embraced the Handsam System and we are delighted to recognise their achievement with this award.

Managing Director of Handsam, Simon Lowe, said:
“We’re delighted to recognise Jodie’s diligent approach to Health and Safety. Achieving this Handsam Hero Award shows how committed Jodie is and indicates that Oasis Academy Bank Leaze take Health and Safety extremely seriously. The award of Handsam Most Improved which has been presented to Oasis Academy Bank Leaze recognises all of their hard work.”

Computer Security

Following the revelation that a website based in Russia is broadcasting pictures streamed from webcams and CCTV systems which are based in British businesses, organisations and homes, all staff in educational establishments are reminded of the importance of secure passwords to protect data.

The website currently provides – brazenly – 500 feeds from cameras in the UK alone, amongst a selection from almost every country worldwide. They include what appear to be images from:

  • an office in Warwickshire
  • a child’s bedroom in Birmingham
  • a driveway of a home in Nottinghamshire
  • a gym in Manchester
  • a pub in Salford
  • a shop interior in London

Camera owners are being urged to check their equipment and set hard-to-guess passwords containing a mixture of lower and upper case letters, numbers and other characters as the use of insecure, default or standard passwords such as ‘password’ or ‘12345’ is believed to be behind the ease with which this rogue site is able to access internet-linked cameras of all kinds, including Baby Monitors.

“The bigger risk for ourselves is that people continue to use unsecure passwords,” a spokesman told the BBC. “The underlying problems with this don’t just relate potentially to anyone who uses a default password on any device. [It’s] an example that shows the dangers of using default passwords.”

If you are unsure about the importance of Data Protection or some of the straightforward steps you can take quickly to protect your personal data, and that of your school or academy then CLICK HERE to find out more about Handsam’s E-Training course on Data Protection which was published earlier this month (November 2014) and covers all aspects of Data Protection.

If you need any further assistance then please do contact us at Handsam on 0844 335 737 or info@handsam.co.uk.