The key features of good or outstanding e-safety practice fall into 8 areas:
- Whole school consistent approach
- Robust and integrated reporting routines StaffPolicies
- Monitoring and Evaluation
- Management of Personal Data
What does good or outstanding practice look like within each of these areas?
Whole school consistent approach
- All teaching and non-teaching staff can recognise and are aware of esafety issues.
- High quality leadership and management make e-safety a priority across all areas of the school (the school may also have achieved a recognised standard, for example the e-Safety Mark).
- A high priority given to training in e-safety, extending expertise widely and building internal capacity.
- The contribution of pupils, parents and the wider school community is valued and integrated.
Robust and integrated reporting routines
- School-based online reporting processes that are clearly understood by the whole school, allowing the pupils to report issues to nominated staff, for example SHARP.
- Report Abuse buttons, for example CEOP.
- All teaching and non-teaching staff receive regular and up-to-date training.
- At least one staff member has accredited training, for example CEOP, EPICT.
- Rigorous e-safety policies and procedures are in place, written in plain English, contributed to by the whole school, updated regularly and ratified by governors.
- The e-safety policy should be integrated with other relevant policies such as behaviour, safeguarding and anti-bullying.
- The e-safety policy should incorporate an Acceptable Usage Policy that is signed by pupils and/or parents as well as all staff and respected by all.
- A progressive curriculum that is flexible, relevant and engages pupils interest; that is used 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.
- Positive sanctions are used to reward positive and responsible use.
- Peer mentoring programmes
- Recognised Internet Service Provider or RBC together with age related filtering that is actively monitored.
Monitoring and Evaluation
- Risk assessment taken seriously and used to good effect in promoting esafety.
- Using data effectively to assess the impact of e-safety practice and how this informs strategy.
Management of Personal Data
- The impact level of personal data is understood and data is managed securely and in accordance with the statutory requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998.
- Any professional communications that utilise technology between the school and pupils/students, their families or external agencies should:
take place within clear and explicit professional boundaries
be transparent and open to scrutiny
not share any personal information with a child or young person.
From Ofsted Inspecting E-Safety briefing for section 5 inspection - Updated April 2014