E-Safety is very important to us at Newsham Primary School
All members of the school community (including staff, pupils, volunteers, parents & carers, visitors, community users) must follow our E-Safety policy, both in and out of the school.
The Education and Inspections Act 2006 empowers Headteachers to such extent as is reasonable, to regulate the behaviour of pupils when they are off the school site and empowers members of staff to impose disciplinary penalties for inappropriate behaviour. This is pertinent to incidents of cyber-bullying or other e-safety incidents covered by this policy, which may take place outside of the school, but is linked to membership of the school. The 2011 Education Act increased these powers with regard to the searching for, and of, electronic devices and the deletion of data. In the case of both acts, action can only be taken over issues covered by the published Behaviour Policy.
The school will deal with such incidents and associated behaviour and anti-bullying policies and will, where known, inform parents/carers of incidents of inappropriate e-safety behaviour that take place in or out of school.
The following section outlines the e-safety roles and responsibilities of individuals and groups within the school:
Governors are responsible for the approval of the E-Safety Policy and for reviewing the effectiveness of the policy. This will be carried out by the Governors receiving regular information about e-safety incidents and monitoring reports. A member of the Governing Body has taken on the role of E-Safety Governor and will include:
• regular meetings with the E-Safety Co-ordinator..
• regular monitoring of e-safety incident log.
• regular monitoring of filtering change control logs.
• reporting to the Full Governing Body.
• The Headteacher has a duty of care for ensuring the safety (including e-safety) of members of the school community, though the day to day responsibility for e-safety will be delegated to the E-Safety Co-ordinator.
• The Headteacher and (at least) another member of the Senior Leadership Team (Neil Jones) should be aware of the procedures to be followed in the event of a serious e-safety allegation being made against a member of staff. (see flow chart on dealing with e-safety incidents – included in a later section).
SWGfL BOOST (a software package employed in school) includes an ‘Incident Response Tool’ that steps (and forms to complete) any staff facing an issue, disclosure or report, need to follow.
• The Headteacher is responsible for ensuring that the E-Safety Coordinator and other relevant staff receive suitable training to enable them to carry out their e-safety roles and to train other colleagues, as relevant. SWGfL BOOST includes access to unlimited online webinar training.
• The Headteacher will ensure that there is a system in place to allow for monitoring and support of those in school who carry out the internal e-safety monitoring role. This is to provide a safety net and also support to those colleagues who take on important monitoring roles. This will include training on the use of the Policy Central Enterprise (PCE) monitoring tool.
• The Headteacher will receive regular monitoring reports from the E-Safety Co-ordinator.
The named E-Safety Co-ordinator is: Neil Jones
• takes day to day responsibility for e-safety issues and has a leading role in establishing and reviewing the school e-safety policies and documents.
• ensures that all staff are aware of the procedures that need to be followed in the event of an e-safety incident taking place.
• provides training and advice for staff.
• liaises with the Local Authority.
• liaises with school technical staff.
• receives reports of e-safety incidents and creates a log of incidents to inform future e-safety developments. SWGfL BOOST includes access to Whisper, an anonymous reporting app that installs onto a school website and extends the schools ability to capture reports from staff, children and parents.
• meets regularly with E-Safety Governor to discuss current issues, review incident logs and filtering.
• attends relevant governors meetings.
• reports regularly to the Headteacher.
Network Manager/ICT Technician)
The school network manager is Jeremy Neave (Subrideo.co.uk)
The Network Manager is responsible for ensuring that:
• the school’s technical infrastructure is secure and is not open to misuse or malicious attack.
• the school meets required e-safety technical requirements and any Local Authority E-Safety Policy Guidance that may apply.
• users may only access the networks and devices through a properly enforced password protection policy, in which passwords are regularly changed.
• they keep up to date with e-safety technical information in order to effectively carry out their e-safety role and to inform and update others as relevant.
• the use of the network/internet is regularly monitored in order that any misuse/attempted misuse can be reported to the Headteacher E-Safety Coordinator for investigation.
• monitoring software systems are implemented and updated as agreed in school policies.
Teaching and Support Staff
are responsible for ensuring that:
• they have an up to date awareness of e-safety matters and of the current school e-safety policy and practices.
• they have read, understood and signed the Staff Acceptable Use Policy.
• they report any suspected misuse or problem to the E Safety Coordinator or Headteacher for investigation.
• all digital communications with pupils/parents/carers should be on a professional level and only carried out using official school systems.
• e-safety issues are embedded in all aspects of the curriculum and other activities.
• pupils understand and follow the e-safety and acceptable use policies.
• pupils have a good understanding of research skills and the need to avoid plagiarism and uphold copyright regulations.
• they monitor the use of digital technologies, mobile devices, cameras etc in lessons and other school activities (where allowed) and implement current policies with regard to these devices.
• in lessons where internet use is pre-planned pupils should be guided to sites checked as suitable for their use and that processes are in place for dealing with any unsuitable material that is found in internet searches.
Child Protection Designated Person
The Designated Person for Child Protection is Anne-Marie Armstrong.
The Designated Person for Child Protection:
· should be trained in e-safety issues and be aware of the potential for serious child protection/safeguarding issues to arise from:
· sharing of personal data
· access to illegal/ inappropriate materials
· inappropriate on-line contact with adults/strangers
· potential or actual incidents of grooming
• are responsible for using the school digital technology systems in accordance with the Pupil Acceptable Use Policy Agreement.
• have a good understanding of research skills and the need to avoid plagiarism and uphold copyright regulations.
• need to understand the importance of reporting abuse, misuse or access to inappropriate materials and know how to do so.
• will be expected to know and understand policies on the use of mobile devices and digital cameras. They should also know and understand policies on the taking/use of images and on cyber-bullying.
• should understand the importance of adopting good e-safety practice when using digital technologies out of school and realise that the school’s E-Safety Policy covers their actions out of school, if related to their membership of the school.
Parents/Carers play a crucial role in ensuring that their children understand the need to use the internet/mobile devices in an appropriate way. The school will take every opportunity to help parents understand these issues through parents’ evenings, newsletters, letters, website and information about national and local e-safety campaigns. Parents and carers will be encouraged to support the school in promoting good e-safety practice and to follow guidelines on the appropriate use of:
• digital and video images taken at school events.
• access to websites that pupils are provided with passwords for.
• their children’s personal devices in the school (where this is allowed).
Community Users who access school systems will be expected to sign an Acceptable Use Agreement before being provided with access to school systems.