New technologies have become integral to the lives of children and young people in today’s society, both within schools and in their lives outside school. The internet and other digital and information technologies are powerful tools, which open up new opportunities for everyone. The use of these exciting and innovative tools in school and at home has been shown to raise educational standards and promote student achievement. Children and young people should have an entitlement to safe internet access at all times. However, unfortunately, these new technologies can put young people at risk within and outside the school.
The e-safety policy applies to all members of the school community (including staff, students, volunteers, parents / carers, visitors, community users) who have access to and are users of Ark William Parker Academy ICT systems, both in and out of school.
The Education and Inspections Act 2006 empowers Head Teachers, to such extent as is reasonable, to regulate the behaviour of students when they are off the school site and empowers members of staff to impose disciplinary penalties for inappropriate behaviour. This is pertinent to incidents of cyber-bullying or other e-safety incidents covered by this policy, which may take place out of school, but is linked to membership of the school.
The school will deal with such incidents within this policy and associated behaviour and anti-bullying policies and will, where known, inform parents / carers of incidents of inappropriate e-safety behaviour that take place out of school.
E-Safety education will be provided in the following ways:
- A planned e-safety programme will be provided as part of ICT / PHSE / other lessons and will be evaluated and revisited every year - this will cover both the use of ICT and new technologies in school and outside school.
- Key e-safety messages will be reinforced as part of a planned programme of assemblies.
- Students will be taught in all lessons to be critically aware of the materials they access on-line and be guided to validate the accuracy of information.
- Rules for the use of ICT systems and internet will be posted in all rooms with computer access.
- Students will be taught to acknowledge the source of information used and to respect copyright when using material accessed on the internet.
- Staff will act as good role models in their use of ICT, the internet and mobile devices.
|Nominated Governor / Parent||Luke Dean||Governor and Community|
|Child Protection||Andy Oakes||Inclusion Officer|
|Teaching Staff||Collette Iglinski||Head of PSHE|
|Support Staff||Rachael Hayes||Data Manager|
|Civica||Darren Eglington||Civica Support|