At Highbury School, we believe that ICT has the power to make a significant contribution to teaching and learning across all subjects and ages.
Our e-safety policy sets out aims and strategies for implementing and developing ICT within our school. The policy is reviewed annually to ensure any relevant changes are made.
To view the full version of our latest e-safety policy please click the file download to the right. If you would prefer a paper copy, please ring the school office: 01484 716319. Thank you.
Vision & Aims
Our aim is to become an "e-confident" school where ICT is integrated effectively in the planning, teaching, learning and assessment of all areas of the Curriculum. Our goal is to teach our pupils to be independent, confident and responsible users of ICT in order to prepare them for life in an increasingly ICT rich world. We aim to further develop the potential ICT has upon teaching and learning, therefore making a huge impact on both our pupils and staff.
We aim to:-
- Follow the National Curriculum guidelines ensuring that all children receive a minimum entitlement of Key experience regardless of gender or ability.
- Allow all children the opportunities to enjoy using ICT purposefully
- Encourage children to use ICT independently
- Foster children's awareness of ICT in the wider world
- Build on and develop existing knowledge through skills taught in each year group to maintain progression across the skills.
- To provide a skill based curriculum where ICT is integrated across the board using the Highbury School ICT Pathway scheme of work.
Delivery of ICT
At Highbury School, we are committed to providing a broad and balanced structured curriculum which gives the pupils relevant experience and understanding of ICT to equip them to live in our current society.
Careful planning will include activities which support learning for pupils with a diverse range of needs & abilities to ensure all children are given the same opportunities as well as ensuring continuity throughout the school and progression from one year to the next.
We believe that there are considerable benefits to be gained from using ICT to support learning. The school staff use ICT in their teaching, where appropriate, to enhance learning, and children are encouraged to use ICT independently in their independent learning tasks or child initiated learning (Foundation Stage).
Roles and Responsibilities
The roles and responsibilities with regard to ICT are as follows:-
- To take overall responsibility for Online Safety provision
- To take overall responsibility for data and data security (SIRO)
- To ensure the school uses an approved, filtered Internet Service, which complies with current statutory requirements e.g. LGfL
- To be responsible for ensuring that staff receive suitable training to carry out their Online safety roles and to train other colleagues.
- To be aware of procedures to be followed in the event of a serious e-safety incident.
- To receive regular Online monitoring reports from ICT Manager.
- To ensure that there is a system in place to monitor and support staff who carry out internal Online safety procedures (e.g. network manager).
ICT Manager/ Designated Child Protection Lead
- Takes day to day responsibility for online safety issues and has a leading role in establishing and reviewing the school online safety policies / documents.
- Promotes an awareness and commitment to Online safeguarding throughout the school community.
- Ensures that online safety education is embedded across the curriculum.
- Lliaises with school computing technical staff.
- To communicate regularly with SLT and the designated online safety Governor / committee to discuss current issues, review incident logs and filtering / change control logs.
- To ensure that all staff are aware of the procedures that need to be followed in the event of an Online Safety incident.
- To ensure that an online safety incident log is kept up to date.
- Facilitates training and advice for all staff.
- Liaises with the Local Authority and relevant agencies.
- Is regularly updated in e-safety issues and legislation, and be aware of the potential for serious child protection issues to arise from:
- Sharing of personal data.
- Access to illegal / inappropriate materials.
- Inappropriate on-line contact with adults / strangers.
- Potential or actual incidents of grooming.
- Online bullying and use of social media.
- To ensure that the school follows all current online safety advice to keep the children and staff safe.
- To approve the online safety policy and review the effectiveness of the policy. This will be carried out by the Governors / Governors Sub Committee receiving regular information about online safety incidents and monitoring reports. A member of the Governing Body has taken on the role of Online Safety Governor.
- To support the school in encouraging parents and the wider community to become engaged in e-safety activities.
- The role of the Online Safety Governor will include:
- regular review with the Online Safety Co-ordinator / Officer ( including online safety incident logs, filtering / change control logs).
Computing Curriculum Leader
- To oversee the delivery of the online safety element of the Computing curriculum.
- To liaise with the online safety coordinator regularly.
- To report any online safety related issues that arise, to the Head Teacher.
- To ensure that users may only access the school’s networks through an authorised and properly enforced password protection policy, in which passwords are regularly changed.
- To ensure that provision exists for misuse detection and malicious attack e.g. keeping virus protection up to date).
- To ensure the security of the school IT system.
- To ensure that access controls / encryption exist to protect personal and sensitive information held on school-owned devices.
- The school’s policy on web filtering is applied and updated on a regular basis.
- YHGFL is informed of issues relating to the filtering applied by the Grid.
- That she keeps up to date with the school’s online safety policy and technical information in order to effectively carry out their online safety role and to inform and update others as relevant.
- That the use of the network / remote access / email is regularly monitored in order that any misuse/attempted misuse can be reported to the Head Teacher for investigation/action/sanction.
- To ensure appropriate backup procedures exist so that critical information and systems can be recovered in the event of a disaster.
- To keep up-to-date documentation of the school’s online security and technical procedures.
- Educating Parents and raising awareness as instructed by Head Teacher.
- To ensure that all data held on pupils on the school office machines have appropriate access controls in place
- To embed online safety issues in all aspects of the curriculum and other school activities.
- To supervise and guide pupils carefully when engaged in learning activities involving online technology (including, extra-curricular and extended school activities if relevant).
- To ensure that pupils are fully aware of research skills and are fully aware of legal issues relating to electronic content such as copyright laws.
- To read, understand and help promote the school’s e-safety policies and guidance.
- To read, understand, sign and adhere to the school staff Acceptable Use Agreement/Policy.
- To be aware of online safety issues related to the use of mobile phones, cameras and hand held devices and that they monitor their use and implement current school policies with regard to these devices.
- To report any suspected misuse or problem to the online safety coordinator.
- To maintain an awareness of current online safety issues and guidance e.g. through CPD.
- To model safe, responsible and professional behaviours in their own use of technology.
- To ensure that any digital communications with pupils should be on a professional level and only through school based systems, never through personal mechanisms, e.g. email, text, mobile phones etc.
- Read, understand, sign and adhere to the Student/Pupil Acceptable Use Policy (NB: at KS1 it would be expected that Parents/Carers would sign on behalf of the pupils).
- To understand the importance of reporting abuse, misuse or access to inappropriate materials.
- To know what action to take if they or someone they know feels worried or vulnerable when using online technology.
- To know and understand school policy on the use of mobile phones, digital cameras and hand held devices.
- To know and understand school policy on the taking / use of images and on cyber-bullying.
- To understand the importance of adopting good online safety practice when using digital technologies out of school and realise that the school’s Online Safety Policy covers their actions out of school, if related to their membership of the school.
- To take responsibility for learning about the benefits and risks of using the Internet and other technologies safely both in school and at home.
- To help the school in the creation/ review of e-safety policies.
- To support the school in promoting online safety and endorse the Parents’ Acceptable Use Agreement which includes the pupils’ use of the Internet and the school’s use of photographic and video images.
- To read, understand and promote the school Pupil Acceptable Use Agreement with their children.
- To access the school website / on-line student / pupil records in accordance with the relevant school Acceptable Use Agreement.
- To consult with the school if they have any concerns about their children’s use of technology.
- Any external individual / organisation will sign an Acceptable Use Policy prior to using any equipment or the Internet within school.
Our Parents and Carers
Highbury School can provide links to the community through our regularly updated school website. Our website has information, resources and links for parents and carers. Class blogs and newsletters are regularly updated onto the site by our ICT Manager and similarly are shared with the community via email. We offer use of our own computers and expertise to parents/carers who may not have access elsewhere so that they can come within school and have the opportunity to access our website. All parents/carers have the power to withdraw their child from using the internet at school. Parents and carers sign a declaration at the beginning of the academic year which agrees to support the schools aim and vision and to ensure that their child’s and their own online activity is appropriate.
Teaching and Learning Styles
At Highbury School, we have the vision that ICT can help to deliver more engaging, exciting and creative learning experiences that in turn, can encourage more successful outcomes. Each member of staff is encouraged to use ICT to mirror their own learning style to ensure the biggest impact on progress.
ICT can facilitate whole class teaching, grouped work, individual or paired work especially through use of the iPad resource. We believe that ICT has the potential to enhance different learning experiences and also help in the support and differentiation of learning for all pupils.
We encourage the use of Internet to support teaching & learning. The school has been equipped with a full wireless system (since November 2012) We hope that this will provide more scope to use ICT and the Internet within our curriculum. All children have a form signed to allow use of the Internet. Each parent/carer is entitled to refuse their child access to the Internet and as a school we respect this view and provide other experiences for the children this refers too.
Access to ICT & Equal Opportunities
We completely support equal opportunities for all of our children and believe that all ICT resources should be fully accessible to all learners.
We aim to provide a range of ICT experiences for all children. Audits are completed often to ensure that staff can request any equipment they feel will really appeal or enhance a topic that they are teaching. Specific equipment or software can also be requested when ICT can help some children access other areas of the curriculum.
Recording, Assessment and Reporting
ICT is evaluated after each teaching session and is marked on planning. ICT is assessed per child using Bsquared. Each child will be noted as working either in line, above or below expectation for their particular year group.
Due to new budgeting methods, ICT equipment can be purchased on a needs basis where possible.
Health and Safety
Pupils will be made aware of –
- Hazards and risks to themselves and others when using ICT e.g. internet
- The steps they take to control risks e.g. Rules for the Internet,
- E safety,
- The action to be taken if risks occur.
At Highbury school we recognise the importance of staff training for CPD (Continuing Professional Development). Staff will be offered training either externally or in house where the need arises. Support will be given at any time to ensure the delivery of ICT in and out of the classroom is outstanding.