e-Safety in the classroom

e-Safety in the classroomThese days e-safety in schools has never been more important. Ofsted issued guidance on e-safety three years ago and revised their handbook last year.

The handbook sets out what Ofsted inspectors should look for during an inspection including how the school protects and educates students and staff in the use of technology and what steps it takes to intervene and support if something happens.

There are a number of ways a school can ensure it is meeting Ofsted’s e-safety requirements, including:

  • Recognise the importance of e-safety and understand the school’s duty of care for the e-safety of students and staff.
  • Set up and maintain a safe ICT learning environment.
  • Make sure that all individuals in a position of trust who access technology with students understand how filtering levels operate.
  • Report any issues of concern to the head teacher.
  • With the support of the network manager or ICT lead, implement a system of monitoring student and staff use of school-issued technologies and the internet.

Download the handbook (PDF)