National Society Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools Report (SIAMS) - June 2015


Archbishop Courtenay Primary School –
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 government guidance.

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 art galleries;
• Inclusion in the National Education Network which connects all UK Schools.
• 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 activities.
• 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 copyright laws.
• Pupils will be taught to be critically aware of the materials they read and understand that it is not necessarily accurate in all subjects.
• 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 county’s 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 agreement.

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 author’s own work, or where permission to reproduce has been obtained, clearly marked with the copyright owner’s name.
• The point of contact on the Web site should be the school address and telephone number. Staff and pupils personal information will not be published.
• 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 responsible adult.
• 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 effectively.

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 coordinator.
• Screen to be blanked using Fn key and F5 rather than turning the machine off.
• 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 teacher.
• 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 serious issue.

How the School will ensure Internet access is safe

• Pupils will be informed that Internet use will be supervised and monitored;
• 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.


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