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!

If you haven’t already seen it, don’t forget to enter our e-safety competition and download your FREE e-safety poster! Find out more.

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E-safety week!

E-safety is a crucial part of day-to-day life in primary schools. Children are always discovering new technologies and it is important that they are guided to use them effectively and responsibly. So this week, the Switched on Computing team are going to focus on all things e-safety!

FREE poster

Download your FREE e-safety poster to display in your classroom!

Competition time!

The Switched on Computing team is challenging primary school children up and down the country to design their own e-safety poster! All of the entries will be showcased on the website and the winning entry will be designed and printed so you can display it in your own classroom. The poster should:

  • provide advice about e-safety
  • be written for primary school children
  • be colourful and engaging!


1st prize
The winning poster will be professionally printed and presented to your school.
Your school will receive a £500 voucher to spend on any Rising Stars resources.
The children will win a set of Learn to Code practice books worth £300.

2nd prize
Your school will receive a £200 voucher to spend on any Rising Stars resources.
The children will win a set of Learn to Code practice books worth £300.

3rd prize
Your school will receive a £100 voucher to spend on any Rising Stars resources.
The children will win a set of Learn to Code practice books worth £300.

All entries submitted will be showcased on our online gallery.

How to enter

Entries submitted can be a jpeg, PDF, Word document, PowerPoint or a photocopy or photograph of a drawing.

All entries should be emailed to or tweeted to @switchedoncomp.

The closing date is 31st July 2015 and the winner will be announced 3rd September 2015.

Terms and conditions

Please ensure you have the pupils’ permission before submitting an entry.

If there are any photographs of pupils included on the poster, please ensure you have consent from the parent/guardian.

The closing date for entries is 31st July 2015.

Stay updated

Would you like a round up email of all the e-safety blog posts and information at the end of the week? Sign up to receive computing updates by simply creating a My Rising Stars account and select computing as your subject preference.

You will receive an e-safety newsletter including all the e-safety blog posts, free poster and competition information, as well as a termly email about all things computing including freebies, lesson ideas and more. It is free to sign up and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Sign up now!

Rising Stars also want to find out how confident teachers are in delivering e-safety sessions and teaching children about staying safe online and being a responsible digital citizen. There’s just 3 quick questions to answer and the Switched on Computing team will publish the results on our community site!

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.

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 or visit 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

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:

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

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 – .  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 –

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 – .  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   –  Created by CEOP and includes areas for pupils, parents and teachers, including resources you can use in school.  – Has useful tips for parents about keeping children safe online at home.  – Includes useful ideas, for example hot topics for parents.

Cyberbullying: Advice for headteachers and school staff

Who is this advice for? 

This is non-statutory advice from the Department for Education for headteachers and all school staff on how to protect themselves from cyberbullying and how to tackle it if it happens.


All forms of bullying (including cyberbullying) should be handled as a community issue for the whole school. It is important that schools take measures to prevent and tackle bullying among pupils. But it is equally important that schools make it clear that bullying of staff, whether by pupils, parents or colleagues, is unacceptable. Evidence indicates that one in five (21%) teachers have reported having derogatory comments posted about them on social media sites from both parents and children.

School leaders, teachers, school staff, parents and pupils all have rights and responsibilities in relation to cyberbullying and should work together to create an environment in which pupils can learn and develop and staff can have fulfilling careers free from harassment and bullying.

Schools can offer support to parents on how to help their children engage safely and responsibly with social media, perhaps through a parents’ evening, advice in a school newsletter or signposting to other sources of support and advice. Creating a good school- parent relationship can help create an atmosphere of trust that encourages parents to raise concerns in an appropriate manner. Part of this is making sure that parents and carers are aware and understand how to communicate with the school. Schools should also make clear that it is not acceptable for pupils, parents or colleagues to denigrate and bully school staff via social media in the same way that it is unacceptable to do so face to face.

Schools should encourage all members of the school community including parents to use social media responsibly. Parents have a right to raise concerns about the education of their child, but they should do so in an appropriate manner.

Read the full guidance document here

Safeguarding Children and Young People Online – Radicalisation and Extremism

Message from Brian Durrant – Chief Executive, London Grid for Learning Trust

The scope of e-safety has changed materially in recent times as online media and contact is employed to promulgate extremist views and to groom potential adherents.  

In response to this, the LGfL e-Safety Group has organised a half-day event aimed at school leaders, senior leadership teams and school child protection leads.

The content will include:

– The harm caused by the media in warping perceptions of the involvement children and young people in extreme behaviours.

–  The impact on children and young people when exposed to extreme content, such as atrocity videos. Extreme violence becoming normalised.

– How many forms of harm and abuse, whether radicalisation, sexual abuse, child sexual exploitation, gang membership – all start with a grooming process.

– How good quality ongoing e-safety, PSHE education etc., is essential in helping children and young people develop their own sense of risk, raise their self-esteem and self-worth.

Details of the conference are as follows:

Date Monday January 19th
Times Doors open and refreshments available 1.30pm – to start at 1.45pm, finish by 4.30pm
Venue Nunn Hall, Institute of Education, University of London,  20 Bedford Way, WC1H 0AL
Charge £80+vat – The charge will be waived for delegates from LGfL connected schools, whoattend.  Registrants who do not attend on the day will be charged.
To Register Visit:
Places are limited so early registration is advised.


myDrive – a new ‘included’ service brought to you by LGfL

The London Grid for Learning brings to you a new ‘included’ service called ‘myDrive’. Likened to ‘Dropbox’, but a much safer alternative which schools can control, it offers school users secure file storage and allows you to share documents, images and other file types amongst your teams, classes and pupils in a secure, e-safe, way.  By storing files within a personal secure area ‘in the cloud’ users are able access their files from any online location, using a range of devices, which will make it easier for work and learning started in school to be continued beyond the school gate.

For more information about how myDrive works, what it does and how to use it, please see LGfL’s website.


Safer Internet Day 2015 – ‘Let’s create a better internet together.’

Safer Internet Day 2015 will be celebrated globally on Tuesday 10th February with the slogan Let’s create a better internet together.

Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. 

Globally, Safer Internet Day is celebrated in over a hundred countries, coordinated by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, and 31 national Safer Internet Centres across Europe.

The day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and wider, to join together in helping to create a better internet. Ultimately, a better internet is up to us!