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E-safety within our schools
We live in a digital age, the internet and new technologies are changing the way we work, the way we live and the way in which we educate children and young people.  They offer huge benefits both inside and outside of school but we also need to be aware of some of the potential risks associated with their use and ensure that as schools we work to minimise the risk to both our students and staff.
  • E-safety is a safeguarding issue NOT a computing issue
  • E-safety is about ensuring SAFE and RESPONSIBLE use by the entire school community; ALL children and ALL staff.
  • E-safety is about protecting children and young people whilst they are in your care and educating them for when they are not.
  • And for staff especially, e-safety is about protecting your professional reputation and should be taught in a lesson once a year or occasionally in an assembly.
  • It SHOULD be an integral part of ALL ICT use.
 “Children and young people need to be empowered to keep them-selves safe – this isn’t just about a top-down approach. Children will be children – pushing boundaries and taking risks. At a public swimming pool we have gates, put up signs, have lifeguards and shallow ends, but we also teach children how to swim.”

Dr Tanya Byron. Safer children in a digital world: The report of the Byron Review

What we can offer schools

School Improvement Liverpool provide:

Termly ICT & Computing and E-safety newsletter/updates to schools which can be found here: E-safety Updates as part of the annual Designated Safeguarding Leads training sessions held in September and October of each year.

Dedicated E-safety Update session in January (timed to coincide with the release of Safer Internet Day materials so schools can prepare for this event – Safer Internet Day is held on the 2nd Tuesday in February each year).

Bespoke E-safety training sessions for staff and parents, as well as delivering sessions for children and young people. If you are interested in booking a session, please contact Paul directly.
Support for pupils, parents and Governors

We can also offer on-site E-safety training for pupils, parents or Governors.  Sessions cost from just £200, depending on the nature of the training and the number of delegates.


Our E-safety lead, Senior School Improvement Officer, Paul Bradshaw, is available to provide e-safety advice and guidance to schools by phone and email.
You can contact Paul on 0151 233 3901 or paul.bradshaw@si.liverpool.gov.uk


According to Ofsted, in order to achieve ‘Outstanding’ in the overall effectiveness of ICT education provided in schools, the following principles should be met;
  • ICT teaching is outstanding and together with a rice, interesting and relevant ICT curriculum, contributed to outstanding learning and achievement. Exceptionally, achievement in ICT may be good and rapidly improving.
  •   Pupils, and particular groups of pupils, have excellent educational experiences in ICT and these ensure that they are very well equipped for the next stage of their education, training or employment.
  •   Pupils’ high levels of literacy, appropriate to their age, contribute to their outstanding learning and achievement.
  •   Practice in ICT consistently reflects the highest expectations of staff and the highest aspirations for pupils, including disabled pupils and those with special educational needs.
  •   Good practice is spread effectively in a drive for continuous improvement.
  •   E-safety is a priority across all areas of the school.
  • The subject makes an outstanding contribution to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

Key messages for parents

  • If your children are younger, do not assume that the level of risk is lower
  • Do not disregard reports of risks to your children, e.g. cyber bullying, seek advice from online parental support and schools.
  • Activate parental controls and position your devices in a communal e.g. living room, kitchen
  • Ensure that online gaming and videos are content appropriate for your child
  • Ask your children what they do online and who they chat to
For further information please refer to the Liverpool Schools Exemplar E-safety policy

E-safety in the Curriculum

From September 2014, E-safety is part of the new National Curriculum:
  • At KS1 children should 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.At
  • KS2 children should use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.
  • At KS3 children should understand a range of ways to use technology safely, respectfully, responsibly and securely, including protecting their online identity and privacy; recognise inappropriate content, contact and conduct and know how to report concerns.
  • At KS4 students understand how changes in technology affect safety, including new ways to protect their online privacy and identity, and how to identify and report a range of concerns.

What risks should we be guarding against?

The Byron Review has classified the risks as relating to content, contact and conduct. The risk is often determined by behaviours rather than the technologies themselves.
  Commercial Aggressive Sexual Values
(child as recipient)
Personal Info
Violent/hateful content Pornographic or unwelcome sexual content Bias
Misleading info or advice
(child as participant)
Harvesting professional info
Being bullied, harassed or stalked Meeting strangers
Being groomed
Self harm Unwelcome persuasions
(Child as actor)
Illegal downloading
Financial scams
Bullying or harassing another Creating and uploading inappropriate material Providing misleading info/advice
The PIES model, first developed by Becta, provides schools with a useful framework to effectively minimise risk and develop good practice in relation to e-safety.

Policies and Practice
  • Does the school have a set of robust policies and practices?
  • Do you have an acceptable use policy (AUP)? Is everyone aware of it?
  • Does your anti-bullying policy include references to cyberbullying?
  • Are there effective sanctions for breaching the policy in place?
  • Have you appointed an e-safety co-ordinator?
  • Is the school network safe and secure?
  • Do you use an accredited internet service provider?
  • Do you use a filtering/monitoring product?
Education and training
  • Do children receive e-safety education – where, how?
  • Are staff – including support staff – trained?
  • Do you have a single point of contact in the school?
  • Do the leadership team and school governors have adequate awareness of the issue of e-safety?
Standards and inspection
  • Have you conducted an audit of your school’s e-safety measures?
  • Do you monitor, review and evaluate all of the above?
What does acceptable use look like in your school? Have you got a robust Acceptable Use Policy?
Does it....
  • Reflect your setting and cover all users?
  • Have end-user input?
  • Promote positive uses of new and emerging technologies?
  • Clearly outline what network monitoring will take place?
  • Clearly outline acceptable and unacceptable behaviours when using technology and network resources provided by the school both on or offsite, or when using personal technologies on school premises or networks?
  • Clearly outline the sanctions for unacceptable use?
Is it...
  • clear and concise?
  • written in a tone and style that is appropriate to the end-user?
  • regularly reviewed and updated?
  • widely, and regularly, communicated to all stakeholder groups?

Is your school e-safe?

Does your school...
  • Have a nominated e-safety co-ordinator?
  • Audit its e-safety measures?
  • Have a robust AUP?
  • Use an accredited supplier for internet services?
  • Include e-safety measures in the schools self evaluation?
  • Keep an incident log and monitor your measures?
  • Handle cyberbullying issues well?
  • Raise awareness of the issues?
 Do your learners...
  • Understand what safe and responsible online behaviour means?
  • Receive e-safety education at appropriate places across the curriculum?
  • Get the opportunity to improve their digital literacy skills?
  • Know how to report any concerns they may have?
Do all your staff...
  • Understand e-safety issues and risks?
  • Receive regular training and updates?
  • Know how to escalate and issue of concern?
  • Know how to keep data safe and secure?
  • Know how to protect themselves online?
  • Know how to conduct themselves safely online?
 Do your parents and governors...
  • Understand e-safety issues and risks?
  • Understand their roles and responsibilities?
  • Receive regular training and updates?
  • Understand how to protect their children in the home?

Liverpool Safer Schools

The Liverpool Safer Schools and Youth Engagement Team is based at: Wavertree Road Police Station and is made up of 1 Sergeant, 8 Constables and 1 member of Police Staff. 

The team covers 27 Secondary Schools across Liverpool.

Two members of the team, Constable Alan Landrum and Gill Bell, offer E-safety training to both primary and secondary schools

Sessions in primary schools are aimed at Years 3/4 and 5/6, although they can tailor a program to suit the needs of younger children if schools feel they need this input.  Sessions generally last for an hour in primary schools.

The team have already visited a number of schools across the city, but if you would like them to deliver some inputs to your school, please contact Gill at Wavertree Road Police Station on 0151 777 5437. 

Alternatively, you can e-mail her at gillian.bell@merseyside.police.uk

Liverpool City Council - Exemplar Safer Working Practices Code of Conduct (E-safety extracts – September 2014)

Never give personal contact details to pupils or communicate outside of school using social networks, email, text, twitter etc or meet a young person out of school unless part of a planned school activity with the knowledge of your Line Manager.

Never have conversations on social networking sites that make reference to children, parents or other colleagues or be derogatory about the school.

Never make any statements or post images on social networking sites that might cause someone to question your suitability to act as a role model to young people or bring your own or the school’s reputation into dispute.

You should never communicate with parents through social network sites and you are strongly advised to declare any existing friendships/relationships to your Line Manager.

Never use personal equipment to photograph children (always use the school’s equipment) and ensure any photographs are only stored on the designated secure place on the school’s network and not on portable equipment.

Recommended resources and websites to assist schools in delivering E-safety sessions for pupils, staff and parents

E-safety service: £750

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Purchase our Safeguarding and E-safety services together for just £1250 – saving more than 15%!
To purchase, e-mail sil@liverpool.gov.uk 
Support and guidance is provided to Liverpool Maintained schools through:
  • High quality biannual briefings
  • Best practice (including model policies/curriculum support materials) and advice disseminated through the E-safety pages of our website and termly e-briefings / newsletters
  • Telephone/email advice and guidance
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