Experience of using the tool and being assessed for the Online Safety Mark

The 360 degree safe self review tool was easy to login to and use. It is best undertaken with a small group of colleagues to facilitate discussion and decision making around the school’s performance for each of the strands. We completed it in one long session but when using it again next year to review progress two sessions of about an hour in length may be better.

The tool generates very comprehensive reports which were useful to identify our areas of strong performance and where we had areas of e-safety still to improve on, giving practical suggestions for action. We were able to address some of these issues before the Assessors visit, and other areas are being addressed through the school development plan.

The Assessors visit was well-planned with clear expectations for the day. We collected together folders of evidence and ensured that pupils, staff, Governors, parents and technicians who were invited for interview knew the time and place they were to attend. Discussions were positive, friendly and appropriately probing! We were awarded the E-Safety Mark and the assessor highlighted areas of our good practice. There were also recommendations for further action which we will build in to our practice in the coming year.

The e-safety tool provides a framework for us to ensure we are doing as much as we can to ensure our school community, but especially our pupils, our e-safe.

Julie Bowden
E-Safety Co-ordinator
St Mark’s VA Primary School, Weston super Mare.