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 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.

    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

    The struggle to meet staff training needs

    Schools continue to fail Ofsted inspections due to inadequate training for staff


    Ofsted ChecklistOfsted introduced specific e-safety inspection criteria in September 2012. However, 4 years later, some schools are still failing their Ofsted inspections due, in part, to the lack of e-safety and safeguarding training for staff.

    What is Ofsted looking for?
    In the latest Ofsted guidance for inspectors undertaking inspection under the common inspection framework, it advises inspectors to look for evidence which demonstrates:

    “the quality of safeguarding practice, including evidence that staff are aware of the signs that children or learners may be at risk of harm either within the setting or in the family or wider community outside the setting”

    In addition, signs of successful safeguarding include:

    “There are clear and effective arrangements for staff development and training in respect of the protection and care of children and learners.”

    More specifically, when inspecting how effectively leaders and governors create a safeguarding culture in the setting, criteria includes:

    “Staff, leaders, governors and supervisory bodies (where appropriate) and volunteers receive appropriate training on safeguarding at induction, that is updated regularly.”

    Recent Ofsted comments
    In recent Ofsted reports for schools rated 'inadequate', a number had the lack of training for staff cited as a contributing factor, with comments from inspectors including:

    "Many teachers are not sufficiently trained to recognise indicators of risk or prepare pupils to stay safe."
    "...staff do not have the information and training that enable them to meet the varying needs of the pupils."
    "The manager and some staff do not have an up-to-date knowledge of safeguarding issues in order to effectively support children's welfare"

    It is no doubt disappointing that these same schools are receiving good (and outstanding) reports for the quality of their teaching practices. However, while the lack of staff training was only one of the reasons why these schools have been rated inadequate, it can't be overlooked.

    Your opinion
    We would love to know your thoughts on the Ofsted requirements for staff training, the pressure it puts on school resources and how this impacts on the school as a whole. Please use the comments section below.

    Written by E-safety Support on December 08, 2016 10:49

    Engaging parents with e-safety

    Why e-safety education must begin at home


    NSPCC SurveyThe news has once again reminded us about the dangers children face online, with a recent report from the NSPCC suggesting that toddlers as young as one are now being targeted by online predators.

    With 35% of 5-15 year olds now owning a smartphone (up from 18% in 2010) and 40% of the same age group and indeed now 15% of 3-4 year olds owning a tablet, access to the Internet from portable devices is easier than ever.

    However, figures from the Ofcom, Children and parents: media use and attitudes report, state that as many a 73% of 5-15 year olds are using a tablet at home.

    It’s clear from the figures above that there is a large number of children who don’t own a tablet but do use one at home. So let’s consider this in the context of parental controls.

    When a parents gives a child a new media device, they are advised to set parent controls, privacy setting etc to protect their children. But what do they do with their own devices? The figures suggest that some 33% of young people are using a tablet at home which have perhaps not been set up for the child, but rather the adult and therefore not necessarily as well protected.

    As if to illustrate why this may be an issue, a concerned mum recently advised that their 9 year old daughter had returned from a visit to a friend where they had been watching inappropriate content that they had found on the Internet while using the parents tablet. The parent had some understanding of parental controls, but had not implemented them on their own tablet properly.

    In this case, the parent had a level of appreciation about the online safety of their child, but this is not always the case. During our recent e-safety seminar, the difficulties of engaging parents was one of the key concerns raised. In several cases, school events for parents were held with only one, two or three parents attending. Even when the events were held at drop-off and pick-up time, still attendance was poor.

    As the summer break approaches, it is crucial that parents are made aware of their responsibility to protect their child online, be that while gaming, using the Internet, texting, emailing and so on.

    To help engage parents, here are 3 tips that were discussed by teachers at the e-safety seminar:

    1. Carry out surveys and share finding with parents - Ask pupils which apps they are using, have they witnessed cyberbullying, do they understand the implications of sexting etc and share these findings with parents to illustrate issues within your school setting.

    2. Share video links with parents - If you show pupils an e-safety video in school, send this to the parents and ask them to watch it too to help reinforce the message. There are lots of great videos from NPSCC, CEOP, Think You Know etc

    3. Send news headlines and web links to parents - Allow them to digest the information in their own time. Drip feed information regularly to ensure that they are constantly reminded about online safety. All E-safety Support members can add the ‘News Widget’ to their school website.

    If we are to accept that children as young as one are now being targeted online, it has never been more important to have parents understand that e-safety education must begin at home.

    If you have any tips on engaging parents, or would like to share your experience with other readers, please email news@e-safetysupport.com.

    If you would like further support on engaging parents, E-safety Support members can assess a bank of parental engagement resources including an online parent training course which can be issued via email and allows parents to take the course at a time to suit them.

    Written by E-safety Support on June 23, 2016 10:43


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