Online Safety

Teaching our pupils / young people to stay safe on line is a crucial part of their learning. It is essential that they are equipped with the tools they need to become responsible online citizens.


Online safety is high on our agenda right from the start of the school year.

Anti-bullying week in November provides a good opportunity to teach the pupils and young people about cyber-bullying specifically and steps to take if they, or someone they know, encounters this. In addition each February our school participates in ‘Safer Internet Day’, a world-wide initiative raising the profile of e-safety to learners of all ages.

Our Curriculum

Pupils/ young people are taught about online safety as part of the curriculum. Due to the individual needs of our pupils/ young people, this needs to be tailored according to their individual abilities.

The safe use of social media and the internet is covered in other relevant subjects.

The school uses assemblies to raise pupils/ young peoples’ awareness of the dangers that can be encountered online.

Early Years

In Early Years Education, pupils/ young people are taught to:

  • Use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private
  • Identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies

Middle Years

In Middle Years and Sixth Form Education, pupils/ young people are taught to:

  • Understand a range of ways to use technology safely, respectfully, responsibly and securely, including protecting their online identity and privacy
  • Recognise acceptable and unacceptable behaviour
  • Identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact
  • Recognise inappropriate content, contact and conduct, and know how to report concerns

If parents/carers have any queries or concerns in relation to online safety, these should be raised in the first instance with the schools’ Head Teacher and/or the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and Deputy DSLs.