Understanding Ofsted and Online Safety – Achieving the E-Safety Mark at your school

03a13985Last year Ofsted published Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills settings that contained significant changes regarding how Inspectors consider Online Safety and Online Bullying within a Safeguarding inspection.

In September this year the DfE published Keeping children safe in educationStatutory guidance for schools and colleges with further details on how schools should respond to specific safeguarding issues including cyberbullying, sexting and accessing harmful and inappropriate online materials. The guidance also stated that governing bodies and proprietors should ensure appropriate filters and appropriate monitoring systems are in place.

The document also included detailed information specifically around Online Safety through Annex C of the document.

It is now very clear that Ofsted Inspectors will be including evidence of a school’s (e)Safeguarding provision when making judgements about a schools Safeguarding provision. A school could therefore be classed as Requires Improvement or Inadequate because the (e)Safeguarding provision in school is not appropriate.

To help schools ensure their provision meets the needs of pupils, staff, the community, DfE and Ofsted we have developed a four day course delivered at the National Stem Centre in York. This course is eligible for Enthuse Award funding which makes it free to attend.

The four day course is based around the SWGfL free 360 degree Online Safety audit tool allowing schools to evaluate all their (e)Safeguarding provision and create an appropriate action plan to develop and maintain their provision the standards expected by DfE and Ofsted. Schools than have the opportunity to apply for the Oftsed recognised E-safety Mark Accreditation to demonstrate the quality of their (e)Safeguarding provision.

The first 2 days of the course will be delivered on the 5th and 6th December 2016 with further details and registration available here.

Previous attendees commented that the course:

‘Helped me to refocus on E-safety and have a clear picture of how to continue improving our (e)safeguarding provision.’

‘Allowed me to implement strategies and produce action plans to assist the school in achieving the E-safety mark.’

‘Made me aware of the tasks to achieve E-safety mark and how to improve the school’s approach to (e)Safeguarding.’

Paul Scott

Curriculum Innovation manager working strategically with local, regional and national partners ensuring the service’s provision continually evolves to meet the needs of schools, the local community and businesses.

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