E-safety Training for Governors

Helping governors understand their digital safeguarding responsibilities

Governor Training 2017
Inspecting Safeguarding

"In judging the effectiveness of leadership and management, inspectors must also judge whether the school’s arrangements for safeguarding pupils are effective, and whether those responsible for governance ensure that these arrangements are effective."

- Ofsted School Inspection Handbook.



The role which the school governor plays in not only developing, but also implementing an e-safety strategy is vital.

The Department for Education have highlighted a number of key features of effective practice in relation to online safety in schools and Ofsted have placed greater emphasis on inspecting the effectiveness of the governing body in ensuring that schools meet all of these criteria. Governors also need to challenge and support their SLT if they are falling short.

To help your school governors learn more about their e-safety responsibilities, they can complete this bespoke online training course, written by e-safety consultant, Tim Pinto who has a vast experience of working in education and digital safeguarding. He is also a member of the CEOP Education Advisory Board.

Register before 31st March 2017 to receive the governor training FREE.

The course covers:

  • Defining e-safety.
  • Issues facing schools around online safety.
  • UKCCIS guidance.
  • OFSTED inspections.
  • Digital resilience.
  • All school governors are welcome to register for the training before 31st March to receive it free. A link to the training will be send via email on 31st March 2017.

    After 31st March, the training will only be available to E-safety Support Premium Plus members.

    If you are already an E-safety Support Premium Plus member, you can distribute the training to your governors via your E-safety Support Dashboard.

    Written by E-safety Support on March 16, 2017 14:07

    New anti-bullying programme backed by DfE will help beat bullying


    Internet Matters in partnership with tootoot, and supported by the Department for Education, are inviting schools to take part in a pilot online service to report bullying and cyberbullying concerns.


    Tootoot Make a NoiseThe programme which sits alongside 9 other innovative schemes to tackle bullying, backed with £4.4million of government investment, will enable 120,000 students across 300 schools to report incidents such as bullying, cyber bullying, or homophobic, transphobic and biphobic abuse.

    Online reporting platform
    At the core of the programme will be the award-winning online reporting platform which gives students and parents an easy and simple way to report all issues relating to bullying and cyberbullying.

    To help pupils, parents and staff address the issues raised, the reporting platform will be supplemented by resource hubs dedicated to staff, pupils and parents, and will help schools address the issues or concerns that may be raised through the reporting platform.
    Our aim is to create a one- stop shop for bullying support for school staff, pupils and parent.

  • Reporting platform with resources for students
  • Resource hub and reporting platform for parents
  • Safeguarding platform and resource hub for staff

  • Internet Matters and tootoot are inviting schools and Academies, both directly and via their Local authorities and Multi Academy Trusts, to register to join the 12-month programme, funded by the Department for Education.

    We are holiding 6 regional workshops around the country across the next 12 months. We have already had our first one and our next one is in The North West.

    The next workshop which is in the North West is the 27th March 2017, Orford Jubilee Neighbourhood Hub (Jubilee Way, Orford, Warrington, WA2 8HE).

    There are limited school places available on a first come first serve basis.

    To register your school to take part please click the link makeanoisewarrington.eventbrite.co.uk

    Or if you would live to register your school for future workshops then please register here www.makeanoise.info

    For more info on this initiative visit: www.makeanoise.info or email: info@tootoot.co.uk

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    Written by Michael Brennan on March 07, 2017 11:41

    Keeping children safe in education

    Statutory guidance for schools and colleges

    2016 Safeguarding GuidanceAt the end of May, the Department for Education released the latest guidance for schools covering safeguarding. This guidance comes into effect from 5th September 2016.

    Below is an excerpt from the guidance relating to online safety in schools.

    Annex C: Online safety
    The use of technology has become a significant component of many safeguarding issues. Child sexual exploitation; radicalisation; sexual predation- technology often provides the platform that facilitates harm. An effective approach to online safety empowers a school or college to protect and educate the whole school or college community in their use of technology and establishes mechanisms to identify, intervene and escalate any incident where appropriate.

    The breadth of issues classified within online safety is considerable, but can be categorised into three areas of risk:

  • content: being exposed to illegal, inappropriate or harmful material
  • contact: being subjected to harmful online interaction with other users
  • conduct: personal online behaviour that increases the likelihood of, or causes, harm
  • Filters and monitoring
    Governing bodies and proprietors should be doing all that they reasonably can to limit children’s exposure to the above risks from the school or colleges IT system. As part of this process governing bodies and proprietors should ensure their school has appropriate filters and monitoring systems in place. Whilst considering their responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, and provide them a safe environment in which to learn, governing bodies and proprietors should consider the age range of their pupils, the number of pupils, how often they access the schools IT system and the proportionality of costs Vs risks.

    The appropriateness of any filters and monitoring systems are a matter for individual schools and colleges and will be informed in part by the risk assessment required by the Prevent Duty.

    The UK Safer Internet Centre has published guidance as to what “appropriate” might look like:
    UK Safer Internet Centre: appropriate filtering and monitoring

    Guidance on e-security is available from the National Education Network - NEN. Buying advice for schools is available here - buying for schools.

    Whilst filtering and monitoring are an important part of the online safety picture for schools and colleges to consider, it is only one part. Governors and proprietors should consider a whole school approach to online safety. This will include a clear policy on the use of mobile technology in the school. Many children have unlimited and unrestricted access to the internet via 3G and 4G in particular and the school and college should carefully consider how this is managed on their premises.

    Whilst it is essential that governing bodies and proprietors ensure that appropriate filters and monitoring systems are in place; they should be careful that “over blocking” does not lead to unreasonable restrictions as to what children can be taught with regards to online teaching and safeguarding.

    Staff training
    Governors and proprietors should ensure that as part of the requirement for staff to undergo regularly updated safeguarding training (paragraph 64) and the requirement to ensure children are taught about safeguarding, including online (paragraph 68), that online safety training for staff is integrated, aligned and considered as part of the overarching safeguarding approach.



    The full guidance document can be downloaded from the Department for Education website.



    Paragraph 64: Governing bodies and proprietors should ensure that all staff members undergo safeguarding and child protection training at induction. The training should be regularly updated. Induction and training should be in line with advice from the LSCB.

    Paragraph 68: Governing bodies and proprietors should ensure children are taught about safeguarding, including online, through teaching and learning opportunities, as part of providing a broad and balanced curriculum. This may include covering relevant issues through personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), tutorials (in FE colleges) and/or – for maintained schools and colleges – through sex and relationship education (SRE).



    If you would like to share your thoughts on the latest guidance, please use the comments section below

    Written by E-safety Support on June 07, 2016 13:18


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