e-Safety and e-Waste: Getting it right for Ofsted
For a senior leadership team and board of governors, there can be few matters that are given as high a priority as safeguarding. With new stories breaking in the national media on a seemingly daily basis, it’s a subject that evokes raw emotion in all of us. The fact is that nowadays safeguarding within schools has more time in the limelight than ever before. Schools and academies need to get it right – not only because of their moral and legal obligation to do so – but also because getting a good inspection report increasingly depends on it. In the most recent guidance published by Ofsted in October 2014 ‘Inspecting Safeguarding in Maintained Schools and Academies’, there are 59 points relating specifically to safeguarding. One sub-area of safeguarding that schools are increasingly having to consider is e-Safeguarding, often referred to as e-Safety. Paragraph 157 of the September 2014 School Inspection Handbook states that in assessing the quality of leadership and management, school inspectors should consider the promotion of safe practices and a culture of e-Safety.
e-Safety is evaluated by Ofsted in the context of the 3 Cs: Contact
Being subjected to detrimental online interactions (e.g. cyberbullying)
Exposure to unlawful or damaging material
Personal behaviour that causes or increases harm(1) It is the area of conduct that provides an inherent link to end of life IT hardware.
Stone Bett UPDATE 2015