Oakfield successfully achieved the 360° Safe Online Safety Mark for continuing to improve our online safety provision. Oakfield was recognised as going “above Online Safety Mark benchmark levels” due to our relentless drive on developing and enhancing E-Safety provision.
At Oakfield we pride ourselves on the support, guidance and online protection we provide for our learners. New technologies have become integral to the lives of learners and young people in today’s society, both within school and their lives outside of school. Our aim is to ensure that learners are able to use digital communication and information technologies appropriately and safely as part of our wider duty of care to our learners. We intend to build learner resilience, confidence and the skills to face and deal with risks which they may be exposed to.
Full guidance of school intervention, producers, and practice can be found in our “Being A Good Digital Citizen Policy”.
School Safety Procedures
All learners, staff and visitors whenever they log onto a network computer on the premises have to accept a User Agreement. The User agreement prompts the safe and sensible use of technology.
At Oakfield we use a piece of software called Securus to help protect our children. Securus is the leading online safety solution, protecting students and staff by alerting safeguarding teams to inappropriate or potentially harmful behaviour. Securus helps Oakfield to;
- Comply with keeping children safe in education
- Meet the requirements of the prevent duty
- Conform with Ofsted and ISI guidelines
“The curriculum has been enhanced and learners receive accurate and up to date online safety provision through the curriculum and assemblies.” (360° Safe Quality Mark Assessment)
Across all Key Stages learners are given a specific E-Safety programme of study. In year 7 and 8 E-Safety lessons are embedded into each scheme of work every term. In Year 9, learners complete projects based on the “Education For A Connected World Framework”. While Key Stage 3 get in-depth coverage as part of their pathways, KS4 and KS5 complete coursework assignments based on E-Safety topics to keep the importance of digital safety at the forefront of their knowledge and understanding. Most resources used have been created by CEOP as part of their ‘Thinkuknow’ initiative.
Learners also complete whole school E-Safety workshops for Safer Internet Day (February) and for Anti-Bullying Week (October)
As part of the provision learners also receive termly assemblies in a variety of E-Safety areas including cyberbullying, online dangers,
Digital Guardian Council
“The Digital Guardian Council is an effective group reviewing and driving the development of online safety policy and practice, often in innovative ways.” (360° Safe Quality Mark Assessment)
The Digital Guardian Council is an organisation within school made up of the Executive Principal, Head Of School, Head Of ICT, 2 students per year group, parents, governors, teachers, network technicians and pastoral managers, chaired by Mr Ennion, Head Of Creative Technology & Computing. The council meet termly to discuss E-Safety provision, review policy and create engaging strategies to raise awareness of E-Safety concerns for learners.
Parent E-Safety Workshops
“The work with parents to ensure that they have support from the school in terms of technical advice and their own online safety understanding is Excellent” (360° Safe Quality Mark Assessment)
Each academic year we are pleased to offer parent training workshops to better support our learners outside of the classroom. Each session is free and allows parents to get specialist training from our Creative Technologies department on how to use online platforms safely, support on how to use the technology at home.
Following the feedback from parents of the usefulness of the weekly E-Safety tips we are pleased to offer a termly newsletter that gets sent home and also accessed here with latest E-Safety developments including skills and guidance on how to stay safe using technology at home.
Each academic year all school staff are given intensive training and support on latest E-Safety threats and how to help protect our learners. This year all school staff will be certified to become CEOP Thinkuknow trainers developing skills and knowledge in ‘Sexting’, ‘What Children Are Doing Online’, ‘Online Sexual Abuse’ and ‘Nude Selfies’.
CEOP – Report Abuse
If a stranger has asked to meet you or do something that makes you feel uncomfortable online then you can report it by clicking the link below