E-safety - What do Ofsted expect?

E-safety - What do Ofsted expect?

Posted on Apr 26, 2016




What do Ofsted expect?


It is vital that your organisation, whether you’re in a school, college, nursery or non-education setting, promotes and supports using technology safely.

If you work in an education environment that is subject to Ofsted inspections, it’s especially important that you know what they expect.


How does Ofsted view good e-safety?


For Ofsted, e-safety means that your organisation is able to protect and educate young people in their use of technology, and you have procedures in place in the event of an incident.

Let’s take a look at what your setting can do to match the key features of good and outstanding practice as outlined by Ofsted.


Establish a whole school consistent approach

This means that all staff, teaching and non-teaching, can recognise and are aware of e-safety issues. 


Make e-safety a priority across all areas of the school

High-quality leadership and management should make e-safety a priority throughout the entire school. The school may also have achieved a recognised standard, for example the e-Safety Mark.


Make training a high priority

A high priority should be given to training for all staff in e-safety, extending expertise widely and building internal capacity.


Listen to everybody

The contribution of pupils, parents and the wider school community needs to be valued and integrated.


Establish robust and integrated reporting routines

School-based reporting routes are most effective when they are clearly understood and used by the whole school, for example online anonymous reporting systems.


Make it easy for the children and young people to report concerns

You can do this by having prominent Report Abuse buttons, for example the CEOP ‘Report Abuse’ mechanism.


Have someone with a higher level of expertise

Ensure that your setting has one or more members of staff with a higher level of expertise and clearly defined responsibilities.


Establish rigorous e-safety policies and procedures

These should be written in plain English, contributed to by the whole school, updated regularly and ratified by governors.


Integrate your e-safety policy

The e-safety policy should be integrated with other relevant policies such as behaviour, safeguarding and anti-bullying. 


Make your Acceptable Usage Policy known

The e-safety policy should incorporate an Acceptable Usage Policy that’s understood and respected by young people, staff and parents.


Make your e-safety curriculum work

To be effective, your e-safety curriculum needs to be age-appropriate, flexible, relevant and needs to engage pupils’ interest. The curriculum needs to promote e-safety through teaching pupils how to stay safe, how to protect themselves from harm and how to take responsibility for their own and others’ safety.


Use positive rewards

Positive rewards can be used to cultivate positive and responsible use.


Put in place peer mentoring programmes

Young people are in the best position to offer the most up-to-date advice to their peers. Peer mentoring also allows for a relatable message, and helps to develop role models.



There are a number of ways to do this, whether through your Internet Service Provider (ISP) or through the Regional Broadband Consortium (RBC).


Assess risk

Risk assessment needs to be taken seriously and used to good effect in promoting e-safety.



Use your data effectively to assess the impact of e-safety practice.


Manage personal data

Data needs to be managed securely and in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.



Any communications from the school need to be professional and transparent.

Ofsted also outline some indicators of inadequate practice that include:

  • Personal data is often unsecured and leaves the site without encryption
  • Security of passwords is ineffective
  • Policies are generic and not updated
  • There’s no internet filtering or monitoring
  • There’s no evidence of staff training
  • Children are not aware of how to report a problem
  • There’s no progressive, planned e-safety education across the curriculum, for example there’s only an assembly held annually


Remember, e-safety is more than just a safeguarding issue, it is a vital life skill. If you work with children in any capacity, it is vital that you promote safe online practice. Our e-safety course is included as part of the subscription. Just one price for access to all flick courses. Buy an annual subscription or monthly on pay-as-you-go.

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