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

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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.

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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!

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.