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Online safety is an important and increasingly complex issue for schools to deal with.  Digital literacy has been a statutory part of the curriculum for all key stages from September 2014. Online safety has been given increased emphasis in the new Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance of September 2016 as well as the Ofsted common assessment framework. In recognition of this we have collected resources to support schools and staff and made them publicly available on this website.

On this page we have include relevant leadership documents and resource links. The drop down menu provides access to our pages on information for parents, researc and reports and teaching resources. We have made the online safety strand of our scheme of work free to schools as it incorporates some ideas from the free South West Grid for Learning Digital Literacy Curriculum.   

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We have included relevant links and documents below. This includes our online safety policy templates which have been agreed with the online safety sub-group of the South Gloucestershire safeguarding board.

Description and Link
Dealing with complaints against schools by parents or carers on social networking sites.docx
2016 guidance by Kent County Council
Inspecting e-safety Ofsted Guidance.doc
Briefing paper for Ofsted inspectors which includes an overview of issues, types of questions that could be asked and indictors of performance.
Instagram Safety 4x4 Checklist.pdf
Checklist about keeping safe using Instagram created by Safer Internet Cente.
Keeping children safe in education.pdf
The latest statutory document published in September 2016 includes increased expectations relating to online safety.
Key Headlines on eSafety from Inspection Data.pdf
Headlines from online safety themed Ofsted questions to schools.
Leadership Scenarios Online Safety.doc
Scenarios to use to prompt discussion about how online safety issues are dealt with in schools.
Managing Sexting Infographics designs.pdf
Safer Internet Centre and SWGfL guidance on dealing with sexting incidents.
Online Safety July 2016.pdf
Online safety newsletter for schools including links and resources for school leaders and parents.
Online Safety Policy Template February 2017.doc
Policy template based on SWGfL template and checked against Ofsted framework and Keeping Children Safe in Education.
Parent Carer AUP 2017 February.doc
Acceptable use policy agreement
Sexting Guidance 2016.pdf
Guidance on dealing with sexting incidents.
Staff AUP 2017 February.doc
Acceptable use policy template for staff.
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Online safety self-evaluation tool for schools.


Self-evaluation tool for organisations other than schools to support planning to improve online safety. Useful for Early Years Settings and Youth Clubs.


​David Brown HMI speaks about online safety and computing


Online data protection self-evaluation tool. This is a subscription service but there is a free quick start checklist.


​Schools can registere for the national programme and this is open to primary and secondary schools.


​Childnet guidance on cyberbullying has been updated and is desisgned to support schools with preventing and responding to cyberbullying. The guidance is split into sections on understanding cyberbullying, preventing cyberbullying, responding to cyberbullying and supporting school staff. It is informed by a range of experts and the voice of young people. Examples from the work of schools are also included. The website includes a film of Ofsted's David Brown speaking about cyberbullying. The guidance can be accessed here.