E-safety – it’s a whole-school issue. Make sure you’ve got it covered!

Across schools, E-safety is a real concern affecting day-to-work work.  Issues with 18 rated games and social networks are at the forefront of comments emanating from conversations had with Head Teachers, computing leaders and teaching staff.  Tackling these issues in an informed manner is of the utmost importance. 

Where to go for effective support and advice? 
There are many sources of advice – including the UK Safer Internet Centre, CEOP’s ThunkUKnow and ChildNet International.

Curriculum Planning for E-safety
There is a strong emphasis on E-safety within the National Curriculum for computing.  E-safety is a golden thread throughout the Switched on Computing materials too.  Each Teacher’s Book has an ‘E-safety Roadmap’ which provides an outline of the E-safety requirements for each unit. This provides a clear pathway to addressing the requirements of the National Curriculum.  It is also very useful to share with Ofsted inspectors if and when they are reviewing the E-safety provision within a school.

E-safety Policy
E-safety is a truly whole-school issue.  Ensuring that there is a well-written, up-to-date E-safety policy in place is vital in terms of being E-safety compliant.

Many schools make use of the London Grid for Learning’s E-safety Policy.  This extremely comprehensive document provides schools with a set of guidance relating to E-safety practice.

Its contents is broken down into six sections, with associated appendices, as follows:

1. Introduction and Overview

  • Rationale and Scope
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • How the policy is to be communicated to staff/pupils/community
  • Handling complaints
  • Review and Monitoring

2. Education and Curriculum

  • Pupil E-safety curriculum
  • Staff and governor training
  • Parent awareness and training

3. Expected Conduct and Incident Management

4. Managing the ICT Infrastructure

  • Internet access, security (virus protection) and filtering
  • Network management (user access, backup, curriculum and admin)
  • Passwords policy
  • E-mail
  • School website
  • Learning platform
  • Social networking
  • Video Conferencing

5. Data Security

  • Management Information System access
  • Data transfer

6. Equipment and Digital Content

  • Personal mobile phones and devices
  • Digital images and video
  • Asset disposal

It also includes the vital appendices of Acceptable Use Agreements that should be reviewed and signed annually by all stakeholders.


  1. Acceptable Use Agreement (Staff)
  2. Acceptable Use Agreement (Pupils)
  3. Acceptable Use Agreement including photo/video permission (Parents)
  4. Protocol for responding to E-safety incidents – handling infringements – page 23 onwards
  5. Protocol for Data Security
  6. Search and Confiscation guidance from DfE

We regularly get asked by schools with whom we work ‘if it is OK to précis the policy?’  Our simple answer is, ‘No’. 

Having correct procedures and sanctions in place in case of any E-safety issues helps schools to ensure that they are following the correct routes to address the issues. The LGfL E-safety Policy is used by a very large number of schools. It is at hand when you need it most, to guide and advise accordingly. It is important that stakeholders are aware of the policy and time is taken to go through the content with them.  Once it is in place, put a recurring date in the diary to review it annually.

Next steps…
Finally, with E-safety being such an important part of all of our lives in school, clear curriculum plans and an effective policy are must haves.  If you have not yet got these in place yet, I suggest that now is the time to ensure that you do!

About the London Grid for Learning
The LGfL Trust is a consortium of the London local authorities and 2500 schools working together to provide extensive and cost effective ICT services.  The LGfL is a member of the NEN Education Network to ensure that all schools, colleges and universities are connected through a single backbone enabling a high quality e-learning experience in a safe and secure networked environment.

In addition, on the LGfL E-safety pages, you will find a range of documentation suitable for management of E‑safety, teaching and learning, and supporting parents and the community.  

An extract from the LGfL E-safety policy is reproduced with kind permission of the LGfL Trust.

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Childnet’s Film Competition invites young people to get creative about E-safety!

National competition invites young people aged 7-18 to enter challenge to create a short film about internet safety.

Childnet is encouraging schools and youth organisations across the UK to enter their Film Competition, which showcases the positive and inspiring use of the internet.

 The competition offers three themes about young people’s digital lives:

The third category is new for this year! Childnet have joined forces with PhonepayPlus, offering a new PhoneBrain category within the annual Childnet Film Competition. Aimed at 11-18 year olds the category invites young people to create a 2 minute film to inform people about ways you can use your phone to pay for and use services safely without running up high bills. Watch Childnet’s film to find out more about this category.

Childnet’s judging panel will be looking out for films which are the most creative, are closest to the theme and have a clear message. These film-makers will be invited to a private screening at London’s BFI where they will be awarded great prizes for their creative achievements!

The prizes on offer this year are bigger than ever before, including the chance to win loads of brand new filming equipment including a Canon DSLR camera. 

Get involved

If you would like to register a group of talented young people or find out more, then please email film@childnet.com or visit www.childnet.com/film-competition for more information. 

Important dates:

  1. Competition Closes Friday 12th June 2015 at 5pm
  2. Finalists Notified Friday 19th June 2015
  3. Screening and Finalist Event at the BFI Monday 13th July 2015

In need of some inspiration? Then read Childnet’s top tips for film making or take a look at some of the films that made it to the final of last year’s competition.  

Find out more www.childnet.com/film-competition

BBC to give Secondary children mini-computers in Make it Digital scheme

The BBC will be giving away mini-computers to 11-year-olds across the country as part of its push to make the UK more digital. One million Micro Bits – a stripped-down computer similar to a Raspberry Pi – will be given to all pupils starting secondary school in the autumn term.

The BBC is also launching a season of coding-based programmes and activities, which will include a new drama based on Grand Theft Auto and a documentary on Bletchley Park.

The initiative is part of a wider push to increase digital skills among young people and help to fill the digital skills gap as the UK is facing a significant skills shortage, with 1.4 million “digital professionals” estimated to be needed over the next five years.

For the full article visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-31834927

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Scratch Your Nose coding event to raise funds on Red Nose Day!

Momentum is building for Scratch Your Nose – an interactive coding event for students, schools and coding clubs – with over 300 schools now signed up to be involved!

Taking place on Red Nose Day, March 13th, students and schools are invited to get involved by creating red nose inspired games using the free Scratch programming tool. Over 50 students will be attending a central event at Innovation Birmingham at the Birmingham Science Park where they will be guided and inspired by a variety of industry experts before showcasing to local businesses. Schools across the UK will also be running their own events in school with many of them already preparing games in anticipation.

Schools and students can find Scratch resources and video tutorials on the website. And, a livestream of the entire event will be broadcast from scratchyournose.com so students across the UK can benefit and be inspired by the expert talks.

Ray Maguire, CEO of Gazoob says “We are delighted to see how the Scratch Your Nose event is capturing the imagination of teachers and students across the UK. Not only will the day be fun and raise funds for Comic Relief, but for many students it may be their first experience of coding which can deliver a multitude of learning benefits encouraging creativity, problem-solving skills and team work. Ultimately, it might inspire students to consider a career in the games industry ”.

Students can continue to develop their games after the Scratch Your Nose event and enter into the BAFTA Young Game Designers competition. See ygd.bafta.org for details on how to enter and further game making hints and tips.

For Press Enquiries, please contact:
Claire Ridley
E: claireridley@gazoob.com
T: 07917428270

E-safety Survey 2015 – Please complete by Friday 13th March 2015





Over 10,000 respondents so far! Help make the richest source of E-safety data in the UK… 

Havering and London schools – Please promote the LGfL eSafety Survey for pupils

Is online bullying an issue at your school? Do you know? Do you have any information about pupils’ online behaviours?  This survey, developed by the London E-safety group, aims to support schools with E-safety data.  Ofsted will expect schools to have effective tools to support monitoring and evaluation.

The survey is primarily aimed at Key Stage 2 and 3 pupils, although pupils outside this age group can respond.

The last LGfL E-safety survey, carried out in 2013, secured 18,000 responses and generated a substantial and significant data set informing academic understanding of children and young people’s online behaviours.

All schools are encouraged to participate, in order to generate the most complete and authoritative data set. Please share the following link with colleagues: http://www.lgfl.net/esafety/Pages/E-Safety-Survey-2015.aspx

The survey is now open and will remain so until Friday March 13. The survey is anonymous and confidential; pupils are not asked to give any personal/identifiable details and are under no obligation to take part.

Schools will be notified by LGfL where a safeguarding issue becomes obvious through the answers given in the survey, but as described above, it would not be possible to identify individual pupils.  The full results will be collated, analysed by data experts from the National Foundation for Educational Research, and published in report form during the summer term.

Thank you for your support and assistance with this research, and in promoting E-safety safeguarding within your school.

Thank you for your support…

Havering School Improvement Services Computing and E-Safety Team

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Childnet International launch their annual Childnet Film Competition, in partnership with PhoneBrain

Now in its sixth year, Childnet International would like to invite all primary and secondary schools as well as youth organisations across the UK to enter their challenge to create a short film about internet safety. If the film you create is successful, schools will be invited to London to watch their film being shown on the big screen at London’s BFI Southbank. They will also win a fantastic prize for their school!

This year, they have added a twist to the competition and have teamed up with PhoneBrain, a great organisation who aims to educate users about premium rate services.  Teaming up with PhoneBrain has allowed them to stretch and challenge our 11+ category even further. So, for the first time ever there will be 2 projects to choose from in the secondary age category (ages 11 to 18)!  

For more information about the competition and the different categories schools and youth organisations can enter, please visit http://www.childnet.com/resources/film-competition/2015

Important dates:



FINALISTS EVENT: Monday 13th July

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GET CODING with The Voice UK

To celebrate British Science Week the BBC is at The Big Bang Fair bringing coding to life with The Voice UK in an exciting interactive live lesson on computer science for upper key stage 2 and key stage 3. 
‘The Voice UK Make it Digital Live lesson’ will be 45 minutes long and will be webcast live on Friday 13 March 2015 at 11am! Please visit www.bbc.co.uk/livelessons to watch and interact with the live webcast. (Details will be available on the BBC website on the 2 March 2015 about how your students can get the most out of the lesson).
We will be inspiring years 6 – 8 to get creative with coding and covering key curriculum concepts. Including – algorithms, sequencing, iteration, selection, coding and computational thinking. So join Clara Amfo Radio 1’s chart show presenter for this unique computer science live lesson. We will be having amazing expert guests to demystifying and celebrating computer science’s creative potential including…Lilly Kam, Will.i.am’s coding mentor explaining coding key concepts and other special guests.
We encourage schools to get their Years 6 to 8 to watch the live webcast together in a school assembly room or any open space with internet and video access. Elements of the live webcast are interactive so students should have access to marker pens, paper and clipboards. 
For more information about the lesson please email BBCattheBigBang2015@bbc.co.uk with ‘INFORMATION’ in the subject line.

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Safer Internet Day, Tuesday 10th February 2015

Safer Internet Day, on Tuesday 10th February, is a great opportunity to get everyone in school involved with eSafety.  It is not too late if you haven’t got anything planned yet, why not try doing an assembly or have a go at one of the lessons?  Have a look here – http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/2015 .  The resources on the Safer Internet Centre website are there, free, for you to use.  Encourage all staff to use them.  If you are unable to get things organised for Tuesday 10th February, why not hold your own Safer Internet Day on a different day, all the resources will still be there for you to use.  As good as it is to get involved with this fabulous day, the key thing with eSafety is to see it as an all year round activity, not a one off event each year.  So what are the key ingredients for a school that wants to be eSafe?


Pupils should be getting regular, high quality activities around eSafety issues.  The new curriculum for computing includes eSafety, for example at KS2 it states they should be able to:

use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact

It is important to state that eSafety should not just be covered within computing, yes it is an obvious place for it, but there are many other times when pupils could discuss eSafety.  Where should you go for resources? Have a look at the matrix grid here that looks at the resources that match all the different areas of eSafety – http://www.lgfl.net/esafety/Pages/Primary-resource-matrix.aspx

Why not get pupils involved in keeping each other safe with a scheme like digital leaders (free) or ecadets (paid service)?


In order for pupils to have high quality activities and discussion regarding eSafety, teachers need to have knowledge and understanding of the topic.  If eSafety is your responsibility, make sure that all staff are aware of the risks and dangers of being online.  Regular briefings with staff are a good way to do this, why not have a go at some of the online games or activities the pupils are using.


We work hard to keep children and young people safe in school, what can we do to make sure that parents are able to follow the same message?  One of the most difficult things is to get parents to come along to information sessions.  Here are some ideas to get parents involved:

  • Try arranging the session at different times of the day, just after they have dropped off their children, just before they pick up or in the evening.
  • Get children involved in the session, with drama pieces or presentations.
  • Suggest the parents’ association get involved too
  • theme the event to look at aspects of safety such as gaming (including time limits, age restrictions etc), current issues such as Facebook privacy etc


There are lots of examples online if you want to review your own or draw one up.  We recommend the London Grid for Learning documents to our schools; they are freely available for all, even those working outside London.  Have a look here – www.esafety.lgfl.net .  One of the key things to remember with your Acceptable Use Policy is that it needs to be signed by ALL staff, not just those who use a computer; it should be anyone who is employed by the school.  They represent the school and any inappropriate use of social media could damage the school reputation.  Have you also thought about how you get people to sign these?  Do you get people to sign the bottom of the sheet and then hand it back?  Who now has the copy of the rules that they are to adhere to?  Try to make sure what they have agreed to, stays with the user with a tear off slip or another sheet of paper.

Useful Links

www.thinkunknow.co.uk   –  Created by CEOP and includes areas for pupils, parents and teachers, including resources you can use in school.

www.internetmatters.org  – Has useful tips for parents about keeping children safe online at home.

www.childnet.com  – Includes useful ideas, for example hot topics for parents.

Safer Internet Day 2015 Competition

To celebrate Safer Internet day on 10 February 2015 Rising Stars are running a competition with an iPad mini as a prize.

To take part, they would like to know how your students will help make the internet a better place. Entries can be tweeted on the day with the hashtag #SOCCOMP or can be e mailed to: OliviaTanner@risingstars-uk.com.

Entries can take the form of a pledge – To help make the internet a better place, I promise I will…, or can be in the form of a recipe for a safer internet.

Resources to support this can be found on the safer internet site.

Deadline for entries will be Friday 13th February and the winning entry will be announced on Monday  23rd February.

Learning with Mobile and Handheld Technologies

As technology evolves we are ever more reliant on the use of handheld and mobile devices, yet what do we know about their impact on learning? While there is a lot of interest in mobile technology, many schools still aren’t sure how to best use it for learning and teaching. 

Learning with Mobile and Handheld Technologies by John Galloway, Merlin John and Maureen McTaggart shows the changes that are taking place within schools as a direct result of these emerging technologies, and contains case studies with accounts of best practice in a variety of settings including primary, secondary, and special schools, and learning beyond their boundaries. The book also explores themes of pedagogy, communication and affordances, collaborative learning, individual creativity and expression, self-directed and informal learning and outdoor education. 

For more information about the book and the authors please see their Learning With Mobile and Handheld Technlogies flyer. 

To order your copy and receive 20% off please visit www.routledge.com before 31st December 2015.