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(e)Safeguarding expectations are clearly identified in the 2014 school inspection handbook including the following:

The Ofsted 2014 school inspection handbook states that inspectors should consider the following about the behaviour and safety of pupils at the school

  • Types, rates and patterns of bullying and the effectiveness of the school’s actions to prevent and tackle all forms of bullying and harassment. This includes online bullying and prejudice-based bullying related to special educational need, sexual orientation, sex, race, religion and belief, gender reassignment or disability.
  • The school’s success in keeping pupils safe, whether within school or during external activities through, for instance, effective risk assessments, online safety arrangements, and action taken following any serious safeguarding incident.

The Ofsted 2014 school inspection handbook states that inspectors should consider the following about the quality of leadership in, and management of, the school

  • The effectiveness of safeguarding arrangements to ensure that there is safe recruitment and that all pupils are safe. This includes the promotion of safe practices and a culture of safety, including online safety.

David Brown HMI and National Lead for Computing gave a presentation in the summer of 2014 about Inspecting Computing including direct references to the importance of (e)Safeguarding

  • Pupils have a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of how to stay safe when using new technologies
  • An age-appropriate online safety curriculum that is flexible, relevant and engages pupils’ interest; that is used to promote online safety through teaching pupils how to stay safe, how to protect themselves from harm and how to take responsibility for their own and others’ safety
  • E-safety is a priority across all areas of the school, with all teaching and non-teaching staff receiving regular and up-to- date training in online safety.
  • Rigorous online safety policies and procedures are in place, written in plain English, contributed to by the whole school, updated regularly and ratified by governors.

The indicators of inadequate practice in Ofsted reports include:-

  • Personal data is often unsecured and/or leaves school site without encryption
  • Security of passwords is ineffective, for example passwords are shared or common with all but the youngest children
  • Policies are generic and not updated
  • There is no progressive, planned (e)Safety education across the curriculum, for example there is only an assembly held annually
  • There is no internet filtering or monitoring
  • There is no evidence of staff training
  • Children are not aware of how to report a problem.