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E-Safety and Ofsted Inspections

When preparing for an Ofsted inspection schools need to evaluate their e-safety policies as part of wider safeguarding strategies. An Ofsted briefing paper on safeguarding, which is aimed at inspectors and covers safeguarding broadly, is a useful way for schools to  see what is expected of them in this area. The paper stresses that e-safety [...]

Logging and Monitoring E-Safety Incidents

It’s essential that all e-safety incidents in schools are monitored and logged, including recording the outcome and any follow-up action taken. Logging and monitoring also has a part to play in the process of e-safety provision review. Network activity, security and data management should be logged on an ongoing basis. Responding to incidents Technical staff [...]

Raising Awareness of E-Safety Issues

It’s important to raise awareness widely of the opportunities which technologies offer as well as the risks and e-safety issues which are associated. All stakeholders, including governors, pupils, staff, parents and senior staff should be aware of the issues. Good times to discuss e-safety issues and raise awareness are assemblies, workshops and training sessions. Awareness-raising [...]

Data Safety and Security

School staff often have access to a range of sensitive and personal data. They must understand how to use systems safely and securely. Good network practice is essential for keeping data safe and secure. It minimises the risk of data security breaches and helps with legislation compliance. Network use rules There should be basic rules [...]

E-safety Training for Staff and Helpers

E-safety training for all school staff should be ongoing. It should cover emerging technologies, as well as those already in use. As a way into developing an e-safety education programme for staff, you can ask yourself these questions: Information How regularly do staff receive e-safety training and education? How regularly do they learn about new [...]

E-safety Support for Children and Young People

All school staff need to have good knowledge and understanding of e-safety issues and how they can support young people in this area. Teaching and care staff Teaching and care staff often spend the most time with young people and will have the main responsibility for delivery of information and support on e-safety. They’ll be [...]

How E-safe are Your Staff and Helpers?

E-safety is mainly a safeguarding matter and therefore it’s the responsibility of anyone that looks after young people. All members of staff at your school need to understand e-safety and how to handle any issues that arise. How to raise awareness Awareness-raising methods need to be ongoing all the time, not just one-offs. E-safety should [...]

Reporting and Managing E-safety Issues and Concerns

Even with good policies in place, it’s likely that e-safety incidents will still happen from time to time. A detailed AUP should outline unacceptable behaviours online and the sanctions in place should the AUP be breached. A detailed e-safety policy document will also outline the procedure for reporting an e-safety incident. All school staff must [...]

Online Conduct by Staff and Helpers

Although staff have a responsibility to protect and safeguard children when it comes to e-safety issues, there are also risks for them too. For example, there are numerous reports of staff being harassed using technology, both in and out of school. There are also reports of staff and professionals using technology inappropriately, for example, using [...]

Developing E-safety in Partnership with Pupils

Staff will have a deeper understanding of children’s e-safety awareness and concerns if they talk to them about it and work with them on the issue. Children and young people are often amongst the first to be using new and emerging technologies. It’s essential for staff to maintain an ongoing dialogue with them if they’re [...]

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