Online Safety in the Ofsted School Inspection Handbook Neil Gamewell
Online Safety in the Ofsted
School Inspection Handbook
The ‘School Inspection Handbook’ describes the main activities undertaken during inspections of schools in England under section 5 of the Education Act 2005. It sets out the evaluation criteria that inspectors use to make their judgements and on which they report.
National Online Safety have reviewed the ‘School Inspection Handbook’ to summarise how Online Safety contributes to a school’s Ofsted grading in 2018.
Online Safety appears in the grade descriptor for personal development, behaviour and welfare:
Pupils work hard with the school to prevent all forms of bullying, including online bullying and prejudice-based bullying.
Pupils have an excellent understanding of how to stay safe online and of the dangers of inappropriate use of mobile technology and social networking sites.
In the guidance for Ofsted inspectors to use when inspecting safeguarding under the common inspection framework it states:
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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. 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 children 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.
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