Ofsted Child Internet Safety Summit

As a person who does a lot of work in the areas of e-safety (online safety, as Ofsted now refer to it) and digital professionalism, I thought it made sense to share the findings of Ofsted’s survey of online safety practice, from the primary and secondary schools that were inspected by HMI in March 2015, in case you missed it at the time.

It provides an interesting overview of some key developing themes from the schools inspected, and goes some way to identifying the gap between what actually happens in schools and how it is perceived by those within the very same organisations. There is often a significant difference between the two and I’m interested in exploring why that is.

It strikes me – and this is a point I make to a lot of teachers and senior leaders I work with – that there is little point in having an E-safety Policy (as an example) if the school community doesn’t know what’s in it. It’s one of the many reasons why I detest policies that are tens and tens of pages long. If they can’t be easily disseminated, understood and actioned then what is the point in having them? The 25% of students mentioned in David Brown HMI (Lead for Computing and Online Safety)’s slide below really should know, shouldn’t they?

Ofsted - Online Safety Clip

Brown’s full presentation from the event is embedded below. The stats from the survey are certainly interesting and might provide a useful beginning for some discussions in schools about how this important online safety work actually gets transmitted across their organisations. I think it’s just too important to get it wrong.

What do you think about the stats? Do the key stakeholders in your school or organisation know about the documents you’re writing and the messages you want to share? Or are they being lost in the information overload that is part of their daily battle?