Online Safety 2021 - How Well do Schools Protect Children in England?

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To what extent do schools protect their children online? It is a question which has been asked ever since the internet was brought into the everyday classroom.

With such a vast, unpredictable world online, it has been important for schools to take the necessary measures to ensure the safety of their students. Online safety should always be considered a high priority, which is why 360 degree safe was created.

This simple, digital tool allows schools to review their policy and practice to see where they succeed, but more importantly, need improvement. Since being created, 360 has allowed schools to develop their online safety to meet expected requirements - it has also shown where the strengths and weaknesses lie!

Online Safety Index 2021

The Schools Online Safety Index 2021, authored by Prof Andy Phippen, groups and ranks online performance information from over 12,500 schools in England by Local Authority area.

Based on self-review data from the 12,500 schools in England using 360degreesafe, the charts below show how everyone performs for 2021. A final score is shown as the ‘Index’ which is a combination of the performance and engagement score. This combination produces the final ranking.  The performance value represents the aggregated rating for all schools in the area towards a good standard.  The engagement value represents the percentage of schools engaged with the process, disclosing the priority placed on online safety in the area.

Top Performing Local Authority Areas

 

Rank 2021

Rank 2020

Index score

Performance

Engagement

North Somerset

1

2

53.7

66.6%

80.7%

Swindon

2

3

52.9

62.8%

84.2%

Dorset

3

1

46.3

60.4%

76.7%

Plymouth

4

6

36.7

58.6%

62.7%

Cornwall

5

5

36.7

54.8%

66.9%

Warwickshire

6

4

36.4

56.8%

64.1%

Somerset

7

8

34.1

57.7%

59.0%

Stoke-on-Trent

8

7

33.0

59.8%

55.2%

Torbay

9

13

29.6

55.0%

53.9%

Staffordshire

10

10

28.1

54.8%

51.2%

Lowest Performing Local Authority Areas  

 

Rank 2021

Rank 2020

Index score

Performance

Engagement

Rotherham

134

142

3.6

50.5%

7.1%

Hertfordshire

135

137

3.6

55.3%

6.5%

Wandsworth

136

140

3.5

50.2%

7.1%

North Tyneside

137

136

3.5

46.7%

7.5%

Greenwich

138

132

3.4

40.6%

8.4%

Leeds

139

139

3.3

45.6%

7.3%

West Berkshire

140

133

3.2

50.7%

6.2%

Westminster

141

134

3.1

45.1%

6.9%

Hillingdon

142

141

3.0

47.2%

6.5%

Merton

143

143

2.5

43.6%

5.7%

School Online Safety Index by Local Authority Area Map

Explore the map to find the performance of your local authority!  Included is a breakdown of the aggregated performance of all online safety aspects and can be found by clicking on the blue ranking numbers.  The areas are colour coded as follows

  • Green – Top performing Local Authority areas
  • Yellow – Above average
  • Orange – Below average
  • Red – Lowest performing Local Authority areas

*Only 143 Local Authority areas are ranked. Those with less than 5 active schools are not included for statistical representation and also to ensure the anonymity of individual school information.

If your school has not signed up for 360 degree safe, you can register for free and find out how well your school performs in online safety policy and practice.

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Over the last decade SWGfL has published an annual assessment report of school policy and practice, the most recent report can be found here