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Child Internet Safety summit: online safety and inspection

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Presentation covering the results of a survey of online safety practice carried out during all HMI-led section 5 school inspections during March 2015; and how online safety will be inspected in all education remits form September 2015.

Presented by David Brown HMI National Lead for Computing at Child Internet Safety summit (http://www.childinternetsafety.co.uk/summit/programme) on 3 July 2015.

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Child Internet Safety summit: online safety and inspection

  1. 1. Online safety and inspection David Brown HMI @DavidBrownHMI Friday 3 July 2015 Child Internet Safety summit
  2. 2. Online safety survey: March 2015
  3. 3. March 2015 – online safety survey During March 2015 a survey on online safety practice was carried out during all HMI-led S5 school inspections. A total of 39 primary and 45 secondary schools were involved. During their inspection inspectors discussed online safety issues in the school with:  senior leaders  groups of teachers  governors  groups of students Online safety and inspection
  4. 4. Online safety policy  5% of schools did not have an online safety policy  students, and to a lesser extent governors, are not always aware of this policy Online safety and inspection
  5. 5. Online safety policy  a large majority of schools do not involve students in designing their online safety policy Online safety and inspection
  6. 6. Online safety policy (primary)  policies are mainly written by senior leaders, teachers and governors  student involvement in writing online safety policies remains low Online safety and inspection
  7. 7. Online safety policy (secondary)  the involvement of the wider school community in writing online safety policies remains low Online safety and inspection
  8. 8. Acceptable use policy  student responses indicate that less than half of schools implement acceptable use policies for technology use in school Online safety and inspection
  9. 9. The online safety curriculum  assemblies and computing/ICT lessons are the main focus for online safety teaching for many schools  PHSE lessons play a significant role in the delivery of online safety Online safety and inspection
  10. 10. Online safety teaching  over 25% of secondary students cannot recall if they have been taught about online safety over the last 12 months Online safety and inspection
  11. 11. Online safety teaching  just over a quarter of secondary students have less confidence in their teacher’s knowledge of online safety issues Online safety and inspection
  12. 12. Online safety training for staff  training can be inconsistent, and what senior leaders might see as training may not be reflected by staff Online safety and inspection
  13. 13. Online safety training for staff  confidence in recognising, responding to and resolving online safety issues is slightly stronger in secondary schools than in primary schools Online safety and inspection
  14. 14. Bring your own (device)  a significant majority of schools do not allow the use of personal devices  personal devices are more likely to be allowed in secondary settings Online safety and inspection
  15. 15. Reporting online safety issues senior leaders staff governors students Online safety and inspection
  16. 16. Inspection of education and online safety from September 2015
  17. 17. Inspecting safeguarding Online safety and inspection In relation to children and young people, safeguarding and promoting their welfare is defined in ‘Working together to safeguard children’ as:  protecting children from maltreatment  preventing impairment of children’s health or development  ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care  taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
  18. 18. Inspection and safeguarding Online safety and inspection
  19. 19. Definition of safeguarding (extract paras 10 and 11) Safeguarding action may be needed to protect children and learners from:  bullying, including online bullying and prejudice-based bullying  the impact of new technologies on sexual behaviour, for example sexting Safeguarding is not just about protecting children, learners and vulnerable adults from deliberate harm, neglect and failure to act. It relates to broader aspects of care and education, including:  online safety and associated issues The term ‘online safety’ reflects a widening range of issues associated with technology and a user’s access to content, contact with others and behavioural issues. Online safety and inspection
  20. 20. The signs of successful safeguarding arrangements (extract para 13) In settings that have effective safeguarding arrangements, there will be evidence of the following:  Adults understand the risks posed by adults or learners who use technology, including the internet, to bully, groom, radicalise or abuse children or learners. They 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. Leaders of early years settings implement the required policies with regard to the safe use of mobile phones and cameras in settings. Online safety and inspection
  21. 21. Inspecting how effectively leaders and governors create a safeguarding culture in the setting (extract para 18) Inspectors will want to consider evidence that:  staff, leaders and managers understand the risks posed by adults or young people who use the internet to bully, groom or abuse children, young people and vulnerable adults  there are well-developed strategies in place to keep learners safe and to support them in learning how to keep themselves safe  staff, leaders and managers oversee the safe use of electronic and social media by staff and learners and take action immediately if they are concerned about bullying or risky behaviours Online safety and inspection
  22. 22. Arriving at judgements about safeguarding arrangements (extract para 34) Online safety survey 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. Online safety and inspection
  23. 23. Arriving at judgements about safeguarding arrangements (extract para 34)  In order to make this judgement, inspectors will consider, among other things, 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. Online safety and inspection
  24. 24. Grade descriptor for personal development, behaviour and welfare (extract) Similar text is found in the outstanding descriptor in the inspection handbooks for maintained schools (including free schools and academies), for non-association independent schools, and for further education and skills providers:  Pupils/learners work hard with the school/provider to prevent all forms of bullying, including online bullying and prejudice-based bullying.  Pupils/learners have an excellent understanding of how to stay safe online, the dangers of inappropriate use of mobile technology and social networking sites. Online safety and inspection
  25. 25. Leadership and management Inspectors will always make a written judgement in the section on leadership and management about the effectiveness of the arrangements for safeguarding pupils. Short inspections of good schools will always report on the effectiveness of safeguarding. If safeguarding is not effective, HMI will always convert the short inspection to a section 5 inspection. Online safety and inspection
  26. 26. Online safety and inspection David Brown HMI @DavidBrownHMI Friday 3 July 2015 Child Internet Safety summit

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