Archbishop Courtenay Primary
In collaboration with The Diocese of Canterbury Academies Trust
E- Safety Policy
The Acceptable Use of the Internet and related Technologies
The Internet access policy has been agreed by all members of the
school community and builds on the KCC e-safety policy and
Why Internet access is important.
The purpose of Internet access in school is to raise educational
standards, to promote pupil achievement, support the professional
work of staff and to enhance the school management information and
business administration systems.
Internet use is part of the statutory curriculum and is an important
tool for learning. Internet is an entitlement for all pupils who
show a responsible and mature approach to its use. Pupils are
encouraged to use the internet outside school. They will need to
learn how to evaluate the information they find and be aware of
safety and security issues.
Benefit of Internet use to the whole school community.
These benefits include:
Access to world-wide educational resources including museums and
Inclusion in the National Education Network which connects all UK
Information and cultural exchanges between students world-wide;
Discussion with experts in many fields for pupils and staff;
Staff professional development access to educational materials
and curriculum practice;
Communication with the advisory and support services, professional
associations and colleagues;
Exchange of curriculum and administration data with LEA and DfES.
Using the Internet to enhance learning and teaching.
the school internet access will include filtering appropriate to
the age of pupils;
Internet access will be planned to enrich and extend learning
Pupils will be taught what internet use is acceptable and what is
not and given clear objectives for Internet use;
staff will select sites which will support the learning outcomes
planned for pupils age and maturity;
approved sites will be bookmarked and listed in the favourites
menu or stored on the school ikeepbookmarks account.
The use of search engines by pupils will be avoided unless as part
of a specific lesson on their use.
Pupils will be educated to take responsibility for Internet access
and educated in the effective use of the internet in research.
How pupils learn to evaluate Internet content
Pupils and staff should be made aware of and comply with the
Pupils will be taught to be critically aware of the materials they
read and understand that it is not necessarily accurate in all
Pupils will be taught to acknowledge the source of information,
when using Internet materials for their own use;
Pupils will be made aware that the writer of an e-mail or the
author of a web page might not be the person claimed;
How the security of the school ICT systems will be maintained
Virus protection will be installed and updated regularly;
All internet access will be arranged through the appropriate
networks to ensure compliance with the countys security policy.
Portable media will only be used by pupils with permission from a
class teacher or senior member of staff.
When personal data is stored the computer will be password
protected and passwords changed regularly.
A record of all passwords will be stored in the locked cupboard in
the school office.
When sensitive information is sent via the internet, suitable
security will be in place.
Data will only be copied onto portable media with the agreement of
the head or deputy in their absence.
In the event of any loss of portable data, the loss must be
reported immediately to the head teacher.
Every member of staff will sign the ICT approved code of conduct
How e-mail will be managed.
E-mail must only be used in school for educational purposes.
Pupils may send e-mails as a part of planned lessons but will not
be given individual e-mail accounts.
Received e-mail may be examined and could, for example, be pinned
to a notice board for collection by pupils.
Messages sent using the school domain name should be regarded in
the same way as messages written on school headed paper.
The forwarding of chain letters will be banned, as will the use of
chat lines and rooms.
Pupils must not reveal personal details of themselves or others by
e-mail or arrange to meet anyone whom they only know through e-mail.
If the pupil is contacted by a person unknown to them through
their email they must inform their class teacher immediately.
How publishing on the web will be managed.
The web site will comply with the school guidelines as agreed with
parents in letters of consent.
Pupils will be made aware that the quality of their work published
on the web needs to reflect the diversity of the audience.
All materials must be the authors own work, or where permission
to reproduce has been obtained, clearly marked with the copyright
The point of contact on the Web site should be the school address
and telephone number. Staff and pupils personal information will not
Written parental permission will be obtained, on entry to the
school, for publication of pupils work or photographs on the school
website. Photographs will not be accompanied by information which
would identify individual pictures.
How emerging technologies will be managed
Emerging technologies will be examined for educational benefit and
risk assessment will be carried out before use in school is allowed.
Pupils will be discouraged from bringing mobile phones into
school, in order to avoid inappropriate use.
If phones are brought into school for emergency contact, they must
be handed into the office at the start of the day. They can then be
collected at the end of the day.
The only device to be used by staff for taking a photograph of
children in school should be a camera and not a mobile phone.
How internet access will be authorised.
Internet access is a necessary part of the statutory curriculum.
It is an entitlement for pupils based on responsible use.
Pupils will only use the internet under the supervision of a
Internet access will be granted to the whole class as part of the
scheme of work, following suitable lessons in responsible internet
use. Search engines will only be used when teaching the skills
related to these.
Parents will be informed that pupils will be provided with
supervised internet access.
How the risks will be assessed.
In common with other media such as magazines, books and video, some
material available via the internet is unsuitable for pupils. The
school will supervise pupils and take all reasonable precautions to
ensure that users access only appropriate material.
Due to the international scale and linked nature of information
available via the internet, it is not possible to guarantee that
unsuitable material will never appear on the terminal. Neither the
school nor KCC can accept liability for the material accessed, or
any consequence thereof.
The use of the computer systems without permission or for purposes
not agreed by the school could constitute a criminal offence under
the Computer Misuse Act 1990.
The Headteacher will ensure that the policy is implemented
Procedure for dealing with e-safety issues
Pupils will be encouraged to tell a teacher immediately if they
encounter any material that makes them feel uncomfortable.
The teacher will use their professional judgement as to whether
the matter should be referred to the head teacher via the e-safety
Screen to be blanked using Fn key and F5 rather than turning the
All members of the school will be aware of the procedure for
dealing with issues relating to e-safety.
Any complaint about staff misuse will be referred to the head
Parents/carers will be informed if their child/ren are involved in
any e-safety misuse.
The head teacher, in conjunction with the e-safety officer, will
decide whether the police should be contacted in the event of a very
How the School will ensure Internet access is safe
Pupils will be informed that Internet use will be supervised and
The school will work in partnership with parents, the LEA, DCSF
and the Internet Service Provider to ensure systems to protect
pupils are reviewed and improved;
If staff or pupils discover unsuitable sites, the URL (address)
and content will be reported to the Internet Service
Provider via the ICT co-ordinator.