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The Online Safety Mark

Schools that are able to show good practice in their online safety policy and procedures can apply for the Online Safety Mark. The first step towards gaining the mark involves an online application to South West Grid for Learning and submission of a completed 360 degree safe self review in which the school has reached at least the benchmark level in all aspects.

Following the application, the Assessor will check the completed 360 degree safe self review tool to ensure that the school appears to have met the benchmark levels and be ready for an assessor visit. The school is then visited by one or two assessors for a half day visit. Assessors will agree an agenda for the visit with the school based on an exemplar agenda and will meet with a range of staff, students/pupils, parents/carers and governors and will also carry out a brief review of some of the schools paper/online evidence (policies, minutes, audit logs etc). At the end of the visit the school will be informed by the assessor whether or not their application has been successful and the assessor will also suggest areas of strength and weakness in the school’s online safety provision. 

The 360 degree safe self review tool is free to use and is intended to help schools review their online safety policy and practice. It provides:

  • Information and stimulus that can influence the production or review of online safety policies and develop good practice.
  • process for identifying strengths and weaknesses.
  • Opportunities for commitment and involvement from the whole school.
  • A continuum for schools to discuss how they might move from a basic level provision for e-safety to practice that is aspirational and innovative.

All Curriculum Innovation consultants are qualified SWGfL Online Safety Mark assessors and have delivered inspections across Bradford. 

Standard costs for an assessment are:

Maintained schools less than 500 pupils - £850
Maintained schools 500 or more pupils - £1,000
All Independent Schools £1,000

We can provide a discounted assessment for all BLN schools as below:

Primary - £600
Secondary - £700

Bradford schools who are currently accredited withthe Online Safety Mark

Addingham Primary School
Burley Oaks Primary
Cottingley Primary School
Cullingworth Primary School
Green Lane Primary and Nursery School
Horton Park Primary
Miriam Lord Primary School
St John the Evangelist Catholic Primary
Worthinghead Primary