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.

If you would like to receive useful information about primary computing, you can sign up to receive our half-termly computing updates. Simply create a My Rising Stars account and select computing as your subject preference. It’s free to sign up and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Free Havering Apple iLearning Festival – Wednesday 8th July 2015

Want to make better use of iPads and Apple technology to support teaching and learning?

On Wednesday 8th July 2015 the Havering Apple RTC Management Board are running, for a second year, a free iLearning Festival at CEME Conference Centre.

Following the same format as last year there are 2 sessions to choose from; afternoon (12.30 – 4pm) and evening (4 – 7.30pm). Each session will commence with registration and include presentations from Mark Jones, the Principal of Belmont Castle (Primary) Academy and Apple Distinguished Educator (Julian Coultas), followed by a series of workshops delivered by the Havering Apple Regional Training Centre Management Team.

Please see the flyer for full details.

To register for the event please email delegate name(s) and school to

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 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 for details on how to enter and further game making hints and tips.

For Press Enquiries, please contact:
Claire Ridley
T: 07917428270

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

Important dates:



FINALISTS EVENT: Monday 13th July

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 before 31st December 2015.

Need some extra help with Switched on Computing?

Rising Stars would like to invite you to their new series of Switched on Computing unit specific webinars, hosted by the author Miles Berry.

During these webinars, Miles will focus on five different units from Switched on Computing – giving you hints, tips and tools. It will also be a fantastic opportunity to ask him any questions!

For the new term they thought they would try something different  and they want YOU to pick the unit for Miles to focus on!

Vote now for your unit and sign up to join them for FREE webinar here.

Clicker Regional Training Day

You are invited to join Jordan Butel for an in-depth training session on Clicker 6, and the new Clicker Apps for iPad, where will learn how to use the intuitive Clicker 6 wizards to create differentiated learning resources on any curriculum topic.

 DATE: Wednesday 11th February, Tuesday 17th March, Thursday 21st  May & Tuesday 23rd June

VENUE: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Islington, 60 Pentonville Road, London, N1 9LA

TIME: 9.30am – 3.30pm

PRICE: £150 per person

Whether you are completely new to Clicker, or want to brush up on your skills, this session will take you all the way through the basics to advanced use, ensuring that you can use Clicker effectively on a day-to-day basis in your classroom. 

We will then take a look at our fantastic range of Clicker Apps. Combining Clicker 6 with the apps will enable you to support literacy across the school anywhere, anytime. Each app focuses on one key aspect of Clicker 6 and has a child-friendly, designed-for-touch interface perfectly suited to learners across the primary age range.

Delegates will receive lunch, refreshments throughout the day and a free memory stick full of Clicker resources as well as a copy of our printed training materials to take back to school.

All you will need to do is book a place and turn up on the day – laptops and iPads will be provided.

 For further information and/or to book a place please contact Jordan Butel                                        t: 01604 671691   e:

Exclusive Opportunity for LGfL Connected Schools

To celebrate the launch of the brand new LEGO Education Workshop Zone at LEGOLAND Windsor in Spring 2015 LGfL and LEGO Education are offering a special limited LEGO Education purchase which includes a guarantee for you and your class to have the opportunity to experience a day in the world’s most exciting classroom – for FREE!

To qualify for this special offer you must either purchase a LEGO Education StoryStarter Full Classroom Set for £649.99 + VAT or spend over £1000 ex. VAT on any of the other fantastic LEGO Education resources including LEGO’s brand new maths resouce MoreToMaths. To view the full resource range visit

This offer is currently exclusive to LGfL Connected Schools and is only available to the first 200 schools that place an order using the special offer code ‘LEGOLAND’ before 12.00 on Friday 12th December 2014.

In addition to the visit to LEGOLAND, all 200 schools will automatically qualify to enter a competition to win a LEGO Education Innovation Studio worth over £30,000. Teachers will also be invited to the exclusive LEGO Education Workshop Zone launch event at LEGOLAND Windsor in March 2015.

For further details please see the flyer and the LEGOLAND Windsor website



How to teach the new Programme of Study with confidence

Teachers and schools in England agonising how they are going to teach computing to their pupils from September 2014 now have the option to buy a complete curriculum package, thanks to Rising Stars Education, written by Miles Berry.

Launched at the Education Show in Birmingham, the managing director and founder of Rising Stars, Andrea Carr told an audience that she was delighted with the new scheme, thanking the efforts of her team and the author. Dave Smith, and curriculum advisor at London’s Havering Borough commented,
‘Technology continues to be a massive growth industry worldwide and it’s crucial that we make sure ’s existing familiarity with Computer is underpinned by a solid understanding of the practical applications of technology. Switched on Computing provides primary school teachers, who may not be entirely comfortable teaching many of the aspect of the new of Study, with a well-structured range of dynamic activities and a comprehensive list of topics with open source (free) or existing software. Switched on Computing enriches ICT education by the most affordable yet innovative means possible.’
The Key Stage 1 and 2 cover all the computing curriculum requirements, being split into activities and challenges for each year group within the primary setting. The teachers’ pack provides support for all levels of experience with software demos and detailed step-by-step planning. It also embeds e-safety to ensure safe and responsible use of .
For further details and to explore the contents for each year group please visit 

Take Your First Easy Steps with Microsoft

Switched on Computing: Take Your First Easy Steps with Microsoft has been written to help schools get started with computing at Key Stages 1 and 2. Each unit has clear guidance for teachers and plenty of creative ideas for bringing each project alive in the classroom.

Author and ICT Co-ordinator, Claire Lotriet, trialled the units with her pupils.

“I think it’s brilliant that a huge company like Microsoft and a creative publisher like Rising Stars have come together to help schools like this. We have been trialling the final materials for a few weeks now – children love them. Not only are they introducing children to computing but they are helping them develop broader skills, such as use of technology for literacy, and collaboration”.

Download a free taster pack and trial it for yourself!

Download the CD-ROM resources to go with the pack.  

Please note this file is 308MB so will take up to 15 minutes to download.