Best Practice

Ofsted’s eight e-safety demands

E-safety continues to be a key priority for schools. Education technology expert Chris Pates offers advice to help achieve the eight key features of good and outstanding practice identified by Ofsted.

With more pupils than ever gaining access to technology, and at an ever earlier age, the new Ofsted framework for school inspection – introduced in September 2012 and updated in April 2014 – includes specific requirements for schools on e-safety to achieve good or outstanding grading.

The first key feature called for is a whole-school approach to e-safety. This means ensuring that all teaching and non-teaching staff can recognise and are aware of e-safety issues, that the senior leadership and management team make it a priority across all areas of the school, and that there is a commitment to training, the development of policies, and a straightforward consistent approach when tackling an incident.

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