Online Safety (E-Safety) Policy for Schools
Our School Online Safety Policy Templates have been adopted by local authorities, schools and academies across the UK, and are acknowledged as good practice documents.
The SWGfL school Online Safety policy templates help schools to address a wide range of e-safety policy issues without having to start with a blank page.
The templates include guidance, key elements to include, and also the flexibility to adapt, allowing a school to create an e safety schools policy that works for them.
Online Safety Policy Templates Downloads
The latest versions have been updated following review and support by Online Safety professionals. The templates provide guidance, an indication of what should be included and a flexible approach allowing each school or organisation to challenge, consider and debate. The result will be your very own Online Safety Policy that whilst built on foundation blocks, includes content that makes it unique and relevant for your school or organisation.
The SWGfL Template Policies consist of an overall Online Safety Policy and a series of appendices with more detailed template policies and forms. They can also be found embedded in the links and resources section of the 360 degree safe online safety self-review tool.
Download the Online Safety Policy Templates
Online Safety Policy Templates (without appendicies) (Word)
The main online safety policy template in Word format
Online Safety Policy Templates (without appendicies) (PDF)
The main online safety policy template in PDF format
Online Safety Policy Templates (with appendicies) (Word)
The full set of online safety policy templates in Word format
Online Safety Policy Templates (with appendicies) (PDF)
The full set of online safety policy templates in PDF format
Appendix - Community User AUA
Acceptable Use Agreement is intended to ensure that community users will be responsible, that devices and users are protected from misuse and that users are protected from potential risk
Appendix - Electronic Devices - Searching & Deletion Policy
Within Part 2 of the Education Act 2011 (Discipline) there have been changes to the powers afforded to schools by statute to search pupils in order to maintain discipline and ensure safety
Appendix - Glossary
An appendix of acronyms and terms used across these documents
Appendix - Legislation
A description of the legislative framework under which this Online Safety Policy template and guidance has been produced
Appendix - Links to other organisations
Links may help those who are developing or reviewing a school online safety policy
Appendix - Mobile Technologies (inc BYOD) Policy
The mobile technologies policy should sit alongside a range of polices including but not limited to the Safeguarding Policy, Bullying Policy, Acceptable Use Policy, policies around theft or malicious damage and the Behaviour Policy
Appendix - Online Safety Group Terms of Reference
To provide a consultative group that has wide representation from your organisation's community, with responsibility for issues regarding online safety and the monitoring the online safety policy including the impact of initiatives
Appendix - Parent Carer AUA
This Acceptable Use Policy is intended to ensure that technology users will be responsible, stay safe, and parents/carers are aware of risks
Appendix - Recording form for reviewing devices & sites
A form to respond to an incidents of device or website misuse
Appendix - Reporting Log
A form for logging online safety incidents
Appendix - Responding to incidents of misuse
A flowchart for responding to online safety incidents
Appendix - School - Academy Personal Data Advice and Guidance
Advice and guidance for schools and academies to handle and manage personal data within the organisation
Appendix - Social Media Policy Template
There are some risks associated with social media use, especially around the issues of safeguarding, bullying and personal reputation. This policy aims to encourage the safe use of social media by the school, its staff, parents, carers and children
Appendix - Staff - Volunteer AUA
Staff (and Volunteer) Acceptable Use Policy Agreement Template
Appendix - Student - Pupil AUA - older children
Student / Pupil Acceptable Use Agreement Template – for older students / pupils
Appendix - Student - Pupil AUA - younger children
Student / Pupil Acceptable Use Policy Agreement Template – for younger pupils (Foundation / KS1)
Appendix - Technical Security Policy
School Technical Security Policy Template (including filtering and passwords)
Appendix - Training Needs Audit Log
A template for auditing and logging training needs
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