Bede’s Earns ‘360 Degree’ Award for E-Safety

Laughing Jane Pendry

An Assessor from the South West Grid for Learning visited Bede's today to review the school's e-safety provision.

The Assessor met school staff, parents and carers, Governors and students and was pleased to find that the school provides a high level of protection for users of the new technologies.

To apply for the 360 degree safe E-Safety Mark, schools have to reach a series of benchmark levels when they complete the online self-review. The evidence is then verified by a visit from experienced Assessors.

The prime benefit of using the review and applying for the E-Safety Mark is that it does not focus on the individual aspects of e-safety such as technological solutions, but instead it integrates e-safety into school policy and the curriculum, challenging teachers and leaders in the school to think about their provision and its continual evolution.

Successful schools are expected to show that they have provided a high standard of e-safety education and awareness for all staff, students and the wider community, to ensure that these users of technology can be safe online - whether they are in school, in their homes or out and about using mobile phones or other handheld devices

Michael Krause, Bede's Senior School's E-Safety Co-ordinator, said, "I am delighted that we have become the first Independent School in the country to successfully be awarded the mark in e-Safety."

He continued, "Living in a fast-paced, digital world where technology is an integral part of our student's lives comes with an inherent responsibility for us as a school. Being awarded this mark not only re-enforces our policies and procedures but more importantly highlights our on-going commitment to safeguarding, educating and keeping our students safe."

Ron Richards, Lead Assessor for the 360 degree safe E-Safety Mark congratulated Bede's on its success and added, "It was re-assuring to know that the school had put a lot of thought and effort into improving the online  safety of the staff and students by addressing these important safeguarding issues."