The new guidelines from Ofsted are now upon us, with an increased emphasis on e-safety. Ofsted will now be looking out for signs that schools have policies and procedures in place that aim to protect and educate staff and pupils in the safe use of technology. Here at Education Reach we are encouraging schools to make sure they are ready just in case the “call” comes.
Some questions to think about include:
- Does your school have a Safeguarding policy which includes e-safety and to what extent?
- Does your school have an E-safety Co-ordinator? Do staff/pupils know who this is?
- Are staff trained regularly in new developments in technology/e-safety issues?
- Does your school have a progressive e-safety curriculum?
- Would staff/pupils know how to report an e-safety related crisis?
- Has the school network got adequate filtering/security built in?
E-safety is a huge issue – technology is constantly changing and it can be a daunting prospect to try and keep up. However is the problem technology itself? Or is it the behaviour/practices associated with the technology? Whatever your opinion, we need to educate staff and pupils in both if we are to raise awareness and help children manage the risk.
But where do you start? Start by just putting E-safety on your “To do” list and if you need help answering any of the questions above, don’t hesitate to give us a call.