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E-Safety Policy

This is just an excerpt from the school’s e-safety policy. The full policy can be downloaded as a Word document here.

This policy applies to all members of the school (including staff, pupils, volunteers, parents / carers, visitors, community users) who have access to and are users of school ICT systems, both in and out of the school.

The Education and Inspections Act 2006 empowers Head teachers to such extent as is reasonable, to regulate the behaviour of pupils 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 outside of the school, but is linked to membership of the school. The 2011 Education Act increased these powers with regard to the searching for and of electronic devices and the deletion of data (see appendix). In the case of both acts, action may only be taken over issues covered by the published Behaviour Policy.

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.

Roles and Responsibilities

The following section outlines the E-Safety roles and responsibilities of individuals and groups within the school:


Governors are responsible for the approval of the E-Safety Policy and for reviewing the effectiveness of the policy. This will be carried out by the Governors Teaching and Learning Sub Committee receiving regular information about E-Safety incidents and monitoring reports. A member of the Governing Body has taken on the role of E-Safety. The role of the E-Safety Governor will include:

  • regular meetings with the member(s) of SLT responsible for E-Safety
  • regular monitoring of E-Safety incident logs
  • regular monitoring of filtering / change control logs
  • reporting to relevant Governors meetings

Head teacher and Senior Leaders

  • The Head teacher has a duty of care for ensuring the safety (including E-Safety) of members of the school community; the day to day responsibility for E-Safety will be delegated to all SLT.
  • The Head teacher and the other members of the Senior Leadership Team should be aware of the procedures to be followed in the event of a serious E-Safety allegation being made against a member of staff. (see flowchart on dealing with E-Safety incidents – included in a later section – “Responding to incidents of misuse” and relevant Local Authority HR).
  • The Head teacher / Senior Leaders are responsible for ensuring that Year Leaders and other relevant staff receive suitable training to enable them to carry out their E-Safety roles and to train other colleagues, as relevant.
  • The Head teacher / Senior Leaders will ensure that there is a system in place to allow for monitoring and support of those in school who carry out the internal E-Safety monitoring role. This is to provide a safety net and also support to those colleagues who take on important monitoring roles.
  • The Senior Leadership Team will receive regular monitoring reports from Year Leaders.

E-Safety / Computing Lead:

  • takes day to day responsibility for E-Safety issues and has a leading role in establishing and reviewing the school E- Safety policies / documents.
  • ensures that all staff are aware of the procedures that need to be followed in the event of an E-Safety incident taking place.
  • provides training and advice for staff
  • liaises with the Local Authority if necessary
  • liaises with technical support staff
  • receives reports of E-Safety incidents and creates a log of incidents to inform future E-Safety developments,
  • meets regularly with E-Safety Governor to discuss current issues, review incident logs and filtering control logs.
  • attends relevant training and committee of Governors meetings
  • reports regularly to other members of the Senior Leadership Team

Network Manager / SimplicIT Technical staff:

The Network Manager / Technical Staff for Computing are responsible for ensuring:

  • that the school’s technical infrastructure is secure and is not open to misuse or malicious attack
  • that the school meets required E-Safety technical requirements and any statutory guidance that may apply.
  • that users may only access the networks and devices through a properly enforced password protection policy, in which passwords are changed where and when appropriate
  • the filtering policy, is applied and updated on a regular basis and that its implementation is not the sole responsibility of any single person (currently the responsibility of the LA)
  • that they keep up to date with E-Safety technical information in order to effectively carry out their E-Safety role and to inform and update others as relevant.
  • that the use of the network / internet / Virtual Learning Environment / remote access / email is regularly monitored in order that any misuse / attempted misuse can be reported to the Head teacher / Senior Leader; E-Safety Lead for investigation / action / sanction. The approach needs to be evaluated regularly in light of new developments and methods.
  • that monitoring software / systems are implemented and updated as agreed in school policies

Teaching and Support Staff

are responsible for ensuring that:

  • they have an up to date awareness of E-Safety matters and of the current school E-Safety policy and practices
  • they have read, understood and signed the Staff Acceptable Use Policy / Agreement (AUP)
  • they report any suspected misuse or problem to the Head teacher / Senior Leader ; E-Safety Lead for investigation / action / sanction
  • all digital communications with pupils / parents / carers should be on a professional level and only carried out using official school systems
  • E-Safety issues are embedded in all aspects of the curriculum and other activities
  • pupils understand and follow the E-Safety and acceptable use policies
  • pupils have a good understanding of research skills and the need to avoid plagiarism and uphold copyright regulations.
  • they monitor the use of digital technologies, mobile devices, cameras etc in lessons and other school activities (where allowed) and implement current policies with regard to these devices.
  • in lessons where internet use is pre-planned pupils should be guided to sites checked as suitable for their use and that processes are in place for dealing with any unsuitable material that is found in internet searches.

Child Protection Officer

should be trained in E-Safety issues and be aware of the potential for serious child protection / safeguarding 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
  • cyber-bullying


  • are responsible for using the school digital technology systems in accordance with the Pupil Acceptable Use Policy.
  • have a good understanding of research skills and the need to avoid plagiarism and uphold copyright regulations.
  • need to understand the importance of reporting abuse, misuse or access to inappropriate materials and know how to do so.
  • will be expected to know and understand policies on the use of mobile devices and digital cameras. They should also know and understand policies on the taking / use of images and on cyber-bullying.
  • should understand the importance of adopting good E-Safety practice when using digital technologies out of school and realise that the school’s E-Safety Policy covers their actions out of school, if related to their membership of the school.
  • will experience E-Safety training as part of their curriculum each year.


Parents / Carers play a crucial role in ensuring that their children understand the need to use the internet / mobile devices in an appropriate way. The school will take every opportunity to help parents understand these issues through parents’ evenings, newsletters, letters, website / VLE and information about national / local E-Safety campaigns / literature. Parents and carers will be encouraged to support the school in promoting good E-Safety practice and to follow guidelines on the appropriate use of:

  • digital and video images taken at school events
  • access to parents’ sections of the website / VLE and on-line / pupil records
  • their children’s personal devices in the school(where this is allowed)

Students/Work Experience/Volunteers/Community Users

Students/Work Experience/Volunteers/Community Users who access school systems / website / VLE as part of the wider school provision will be expected to sign a Community User AUA (Acceptable Use Agreement) before being provided with access to school systems.

Education & Training – Staff / Volunteers

It is essential that all staff receive E-Safety training and understand their responsibilities, as outlined in this policy. Training will be offered as follows:
A planned programme of formal E-Safety training will be made available to staff. This will be regularly updated and reinforced. An audit of the E-Safety training needs of all staff will be carried out regularly. It is expected that some staff will identify E-Safety as a training need within the performance management process.
All new staff should receive E-Safety training as part of their induction programme, ensuring that they fully understand the school E-Safety policy and Acceptable Use Agreements.
The E-Safety Lead will receive regular updates through attendance at external training events (eg from LA / other relevant organisations) and by reviewing guidance documents released by relevant organisations.
This E-Safety policy and its updates will be presented to and discussed by staff in staff meetings / INSET days.
The E-Safety Lead will provide advice / guidance / training to individuals as required.

Training – Governors / Directors

Governors / Directors should take part in E-Safety training / awareness sessions, with particular importance for those who are members of any subcommittee / group involved in technology / E-Safety / health and safety / child protection. This may be offered in a number of ways:
Attendance at training provided by the Local Authority / National Governors Association / or other relevant organisation.
Participation in school training / information sessions for staff or parents (this may include attendance at assemblies / lessons).

Technical – infrastructure / equipment, filtering and monitoring

The school will be responsible for ensuring that the school infrastructure / network is as safe and secure as is reasonably possible and that policies and procedures approved within this policy are implemented. It will also need to ensure that the relevant people named in the previous sections will be effective in carrying out their E-Safety responsibilities:

  • School technical systems will be managed in ways that ensure that the school meets recommended technical requirements.
  • There will be regular reviews and audits of the safety and security of school technical systems.
  • Servers, wireless systems and cabling must be securely located and physical access restricted (Server Room).
  • All users will have clearly defined access rights to school technical systems and devices.
  • All users will be provided with a username and secure password by in house technical support who will keep an up to date record of users and their usernames. Staff users are responsible for the security of their username and password and will be required to change their password where and when appropriate.
  • The “master / administrator” passwords for the school ICT system, used by the Network Manager must also be available to the Headteacher or other nominated senior leader and kept in a sealed envelope in a secure place. (School safe)
  • The School Business Manager in liaison with the technician is responsible for ensuring that software licence logs are accurate and up to date and that regular checks are made to reconcile the number of licences purchased against the number of software installations.
  • Internet access is filtered for all users. Illegal content is filtered by the broadband/filtering provider by actively employing the Internet Watch Foundation CAIC list. Content lists are regularly updated and internet use is logged and regularly monitored by Wirral LA
  • School technical staff regularly monitor and record the activity of users on the school technical systems and users are made aware of this in the Acceptable Use Agreement.
  • An appropriate system is in place for users to report any actual / potential technical incident / security breach to the relevant person, as agreed.
  • Appropriate security measures are in place to protect the servers, firewalls, routers, wireless systems, work stations, mobile devices etc. from accidental or malicious attempts which might threaten the security of the school systems and data. These are tested regularly. The school infrastructure and individual workstations are protected by up to date virus software.
  • An agreed policy is in place for the provision of temporary access of “guests” (eg trainee teachers, supply teachers, visitors) onto the school systems.
  • An agreed policy is in place regarding the extent of personal use that users (staff / pupils / community users) and their family members are allowed on school devices that may be used out of school.
  • An agreed policy is in place that allows staff to / forbids staff from downloading executable files and installing programmes on school devices.
  • An agreed policy is in place regarding the use of removable media (eg memory sticks / CDs / DVDs) by users on school devices. Personal data cannot be sent over the internet or taken off the school site unless safely encrypted or otherwise secured.

Use of digital and video images

The development of digital imaging technologies has created significant benefits to learning, allowing staff and pupils instant use of images that they have recorded themselves or downloaded from the internet. However, staff, parents / carers and pupils need to be aware of the risks associated with publishing digital images on the internet. Such images may provide avenues for Cyber Bullying to take place. Digital images may remain available on the internet forever and may cause harm or embarrassment to individuals in the short or longer term. It is common for employers to carry out internet searches for information about potential and existing employees. The school will inform and educate users about these risks and will implement policies to reduce the likelihood of the potential for harm:
When using digital images, staff should inform and educate pupils about the risks associated with the taking, use, sharing, publication and distribution of images. In particular they should recognise the risks attached to publishing their own images on the internet e.g. on social networking sites.
In accordance with guidance from the Information Commissioner’s Office, parents / carers are welcome to take videos and digital images of their children at school events for their own personal use (as such use in not covered by the Data Protection Act). To respect everyone’s privacy and in some cases protection, these images should not be published / made publicly available on social networking sites, nor should parents / carers comment on any activities involving other pupils in the digital / video images.
Staff and volunteers are allowed to take digital / video images to support educational aims, but must follow school policies concerning the sharing, distribution and publication of those images. Those images should only be taken on school equipment, the personal equipment of staff should not be used for such purposes.
Care should be taken when taking digital / video images that pupils are appropriately dressed and are not participating in activities that might bring the individuals or the school into disrepute.
Pupils must not take, use, share, publish or distribute images of others without their permission.
Photographs published on the website, or elsewhere that include pupils will be selected carefully and will comply with good practice guidance on the use of such images.
Pupils’ full names will not be used anywhere on a website or blog, particularly in association with photographs.
Written permission from parents or carers will be obtained before photographs of pupils are published on the school website. Pupils’ work can only be published with the permission of the / pupil and parents or carers.

Data Protection

Personal data will be recorded, processed, transferred and made available according to the Data Protection Act 1998 which states that personal data must be:

  • Fairly and lawfully processed
  • Processed for limited purposes
  • Adequate, relevant and not excessive
  • Accurate
  • Kept no longer than is necessary
  • Processed in accordance with the data subject’s rights
  • Secure
  • Only transferred to others with adequate protection.

The school must ensure that:

  • It will hold the minimum personal data necessary to enable it to perform its function and it will not hold it for longer than necessary for the purposes it was collected for.
  • Every effort will be made to ensure that data held is accurate, up to date and that inaccuracies are corrected without unnecessary delay.
  • All personal data will be fairly obtained in accordance with the “Privacy Notice” and lawfully processed in accordance with the “Conditions for Processing”.
  • It has a Data Protection Policy (see appendix for template policy)
  • It is registered as a Data Controller for the purposes of the Data Protection Act (DPA)
  • Risk assessments are carried out
  • It has clear and understood arrangements for the security, storage and transfer of personal data
  • Data subjects have rights of access and there are clear procedures for this to be obtained
  • There are clear and understood policies and routines for the deletion and disposal of data
  • There is a policy for reporting, logging, managing and recovering from information risk incidents
  • There are clear Data Protection clauses in all contracts where personal data may be passed to third parties
  • There are clear policies about the use of cloud storage / cloud computing which ensure that such data storage meets the requirements laid down by the Information Commissioner’s Office.

Staff must ensure that they

  • At all times take care to ensure the safe keeping of personal data, minimising the risk of its loss or misuse.
  • Use personal data only on secure password protected computers and other devices, ensuring that they are properly “logged-off” at the end of any session in which they are using personal data.
  • Transfer data using encryption and secure password protected devices.

When personal data is stored on any portable computer system, memory stick or any other removable media:

  • the data must be encrypted and password protected
  • the device must be password protected (many memory sticks / cards and other mobile devices cannot be password protected)
  • the device must offer approved virus and malware checking software
  • the data must be securely deleted from the device, in line with school policy (below) once it has been transferred or its use is complete
  • The Personal Data Handling Policy Template provides more detailed guidance on the school’s responsibilities and on good practice.


A wide range of rapidly developing communications technologies has the potential to enhance learning. The school currently considers the benefit of using these technologies for education outweighs their risks/disadvantages.

When using communication technologies the school considers the following as good practice:

  • The official school email service may be regarded as safe and secure and is monitored. Users should be aware that email communications are monitored. Staff and pupils should therefore use only the school email service to communicate with others when in school, or on school systems (eg by remote access).
  • Users must immediately report, to the nominated person – in accordance with the school policy, the receipt of any communication that makes them feel uncomfortable, is offensive, discriminatory, threatening or bullying in nature and must not respond to any such communication.
  • Any digital communication between staff and pupils or parents / carers (email, chat, VLE etc) must be professional in tone and content. These communications may only take place on official (monitored) school systems. Personal email addresses, text messaging or social media must not be used for these communications.
  • Whole class / group email addresses may be used at KS1, while pupils at KS2 may be provided with individual school email addresses for educational use.
  • Pupils should be taught about E-Safety issues, such as the risks attached to the sharing of personal details. They should also be taught strategies to deal with inappropriate communications and be reminded of the need to communicate appropriately when using digital technologies.
  • Personal information should not be posted on the school website and only official email addresses should be used to identify members of staff.

Social Media – Protecting Professional Identity

All schools and local authorities have a duty of care to provide a safe learning environment for pupils and staff. Schools/ and local authorities could be held responsible, indirectly for acts of their employees in the course of their employment. Staff members who harass, cyber bully, discriminate on the grounds of sex, race or disability or who defame a third party may render the school or local authority liable to the injured party. Reasonable steps to prevent predictable harm must be in place. The school provides the following measures to ensure reasonable steps are in place to minimise risk of harm to pupils, staff and the school through limiting access to personal information:
Training to include: acceptable use; social media risks; checking of settings; data protection; reporting issues.
Clear reporting guidance, including responsibilities, procedures and sanctions.
Risk assessment, including legal risk. School staff should ensure that:
No reference should be made in social media to pupils, parents / carers or school staff.
They do not engage in online discussion on personal matters relating to members of the school community.
Personal opinions should not be attributed to the school or local authority.
Security settings on personal social media profiles are regularly checked to minimise risk of loss of personal information.

The school’s use of social media for professional purposes will be checked regularly by the senior risk officer and E-Safety committee to ensure compliance with the Social Media, Data Protection, Communications, Digital Image and Video Policies.