The new Ofsted framework – inspecting safeguarding

The new common inspection framework and handbooks for Ofsted inspectors come into effect from September 2015. Published on 15th June, one of the new inspection documents, Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills from September 2015, includes important information about e-safety provision in schools. Below is a summary of Ofsted’s expectations.

What is Ofsted looking for when inspecting a school’s e-safety provision?

The signs of successful safeguarding arrangements:

  • Leaders have well-developed strategies in place to keep children and learners safe and to support them to develop their own understanding of these risks and in learning how to keep themselves and others safe.
  • Leaders oversee the safe use of technology when children and learners are in their care and take action immediately if they are concerned about bullying or children’s well-being.

Evidence to look for when inspecting safeguarding arrangements:

  • Staff, leaders and managers oversee the safe use of electronic and social media and take action immediately if they are concerned about bullying or risky behaviours

Arriving at judgements about safeguarding arrangements:

  • Inspectors will make a judgement on the personal development, behaviour and welfare of children and learners by evaluating, where applicable, the extent to which the provision is successfully promoting and supporting children’s and learners’ safety.
  • In order to make this judgement, inspectors will consider children’s and learners’ understanding of how to keep themselves safe from relevant risks such as exploitation and extremism, including when using the internet and social media.
  • Inspectors should include online safety in their discussions with pupils and learners (covering topics such as online bullying and safe use of the internet and social media).
  • Inspectors should investigate what the school or further education and skills provider does to educate pupils in online safety and how the provider or school deals with issues when they arise.

Safeguarding requirements for leaders and managers:

  • The responsibilities placed on governing bodies, registered providers, proprietors and management committees include making sure that children and learners are taught how to keep themselves safe.

What are the objectives for e-safety in the computing programme of study?

The computing programme of study also provides clear e-safety objectives.

Key Stage 1
Pupils should be taught to:

  • use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies.

Key Stage 2
Pupils should be taught to:

  • use search technologies effectively, appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content
  • use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact

E-safety coverage in Switched on Computing

E-safety is embedded throughout Switched on Computing and it contains a handy e-safety road map at the start of each year group with support in every unit. Download these overview grids to see how Switched on Computing provides you with a complete e-safety framework.

E-safety coverage for years 1-6. 

E-safety competition!

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