Lesley is an independent ICT Consultant working for her own company Smithills ICT Consultancy Ltd. She has worked in education for over 20 years as a primary teacher, advisory teacher, and for 13 years as teaching and learning consultant with Wigan LA. Her role is varied and a typical week sees her teaching ICT, delivering INSET, supporting ICT Subject Leaders and delivering ICT projects in schools. In addition, Lesley is a CEOP Ambassador and delivers Thinkuknow training in schools, she is also an ICT Mark Assessor and member of Naace. Lesley has managed the Vital E-Safety Portal since its inception and is accredited to deliver Purple Mash training in schools. You can find her online and also join her ICT group ICT Subject Leaders and Teachers Networking Group on LinkedIn.
We all know that keeping pupils safe is one of the most important things schools do. In terms of e-safety, Ofsted recently recognised the efforts schools and parents have gone to to improve e-safety practice, and gave credit to their hard work in protecting young people online. Therefore, when the new Ofsted Framework came into being in September 2012, some schools may not have noticed the changes to e-safety. In fact, I have spoken to many colleagues who were not aware there had been any changes at all.
This article is designed to explain some of the main changes to e-safety and point you in the direction of useful resources, should Ofsted come knocking on your door. However, I do acknowledge that many schools will want to ensure that their e-safety practice is up to date, regardless of Ofsted!