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Filtering and monitoring in schools: 18 questions to help evaluate your provision

The requirements around filtering and monitoring in schools have been strengthened, but it is not all about the software. Elizabeth Rose looks at what schools need to do and asks 18 questions to help you review your provision
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Some of the key updates to this year’s version of Keeping children safe in education (DfE, 2023a) relate to online safety and specifically the filtering and monitoring of IT.

The responsibilities to keep children safe online and ensure that they cannot access harmful material were already covered in previous versions of course but following the publication of the Filtering and Monitoring Standards for Schools and Colleges in March 2023 (see DfE, 2023b), various sections within the statutory guidance have been further strengthened.


What has changed?

There are three key areas that have been updated – the role of the designated safeguarding lead (DSL), what should be included in the school policy, and staff training requirements.

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