EPICT Online Safety Qualification
The European Pedagogical ICT Licence is a comprehensive, flexible and efficient training course introducing a European quality standard for the continued professional development of teachers and other professionals in the use of ICT in the school.
We believe it is just as vital for every school and organisation working with children and young people to have an Online Safety Champion as it is to have a First Aider.
The EPICT Online Safety Qualification is aimed at everyone working with children and young people to recognise their knowledge of online safety through an internationally recognised qualification. By taking the EPICT Online Safety Qualification you, your school or organisation can mark the start of a commitment to keeping children and young people safe online.
What is EPICT?
What are the requirements for achieving the EPICT qualification?
Assessment is through the submission of an assignment, following around 20 hours of personal research and consideration. It is possible for an organisation to support a submission or a number of submissions through formal training which can be provided at an extra cost by SWGfL.
How much does the EPICT qualification cost?
Individual application (for candidates wishing to attain qualification online) - £250 + VAT (Includes registration, support, assessment and certification).
Organisations may wish to enter a number of candidates. South West Grid for Learning can provide in-house training. The cost for EPICT training from SWGfL is as follows:
Half a day training - £400 (+VAT) one-off fee per setting and £150 (+VAT) per candidate.
The one-off fee includes introduction to the qualification and online safety training. The fee per candidate includes assessment, assessor support and certification following the training workshop.
Full day training - £600 (+VAT) one off fee per setting and £150 (+VAT) per candidate.
Travel expenses will be charged in addition and will not exceed £100 (+VAT) .
What is the EPICT Online Safety Qualification?
The South West Grid for Learning Online Safety Qualification is a stand-alone module of the overall EPICT qualification, which is recognised nationally and internationally. If you or your organisation works with children or young people in a professional or voluntary way, this qualification is designed to give recognition to the work that you do to safeguard them online.
The SWGfL EPICT qualification encourages the participant to consider ways in which to support children and young people in balancing benefits and risk in their online world, ultimately leading to a safe and productive experience for the children and young people involved. The qualification is intended to focus awareness of all within the organisation of the importance of ensuring that children and young people are well protected when online and encouraged to make appropriate decisions about their online experiences.
The SWGfL EPICT Online Safety Awareness Certificate can be used towards further EPICT Awards at Bronze, Silver and Gold Levels. (The EPICT awards at Bronze, Silver and Gold focus on ICT as a learning tool within education. Full Award holders can accrue up to 60 Masters Credit points with partner universities.)
The process of obtaining accreditation for this stand-alone award can be both rewarding from a personal point of view and beneficial to the children and young people you work with. The safeguarding of children and young people is of vital importance in this world of ever advancing technologies in which children and young people are the digital natives.
The award provides you and your organisation with a focus which can also help with self-review processes. For schools the new OFSTED criteria refer specifically to:
Safeguarding is not just about protecting children from deliberate harm. It includes issues for schools such as: Pupils health and safety; Bullying and racist abuse; Internet safety; school security
- A recognised online safety qualification which can be applied directly at work
- The qualification is individual and a great asset in your CV
- Can be used towards further EPICT Awards that can accrue up to 60 Masters Credit points
For your school or organisation
- The qualification will demonstrate your clear commitment to online safety and create a focal point for online safety, an E-Safety Champion
- It will motivate your staff and enhance their CPD
- Opportunities to collaborate either with others in your local area and/or online with others further afield to share good practice
Epict Assessment Overview
The aim of the EPICT Online Safety Qualification assessment is to allow participants to demonstrate effective education practices in online safeguarding, within the context of their immediate organisation, and to encourage children and young people to develop their own sense of responsibility online. This assessment is designed as an opportunity to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of online safeguarding methods, tools and support. In order to achieve this, participants are required to present evidence of applied knowledge and practical application based upon current educational practice.
The SWGfL EPICT Qualification is based on participants presenting and evaluating a project or piece of work involving online safety. The emphasis is on a practical project or piece of work which may have been done around safe experiences online. Participants are asked to submit an assignment of between 750 and 1000 words (excluding appendices) which reflects the work or project they have done. (See Task List below) The assignment should demonstrate an understanding of the impact of the work or project on improving safety for children and young people and an evaluation of the impact of the work or project on the organisation. Participants can choose from the following task list or choose something in discussion with their assessor.
Scenarios for Participants
- Delivery of a standard curriculum based lesson or series of lessons incorporating online technology and embedding online safety practice
- Dedicated Online Safety Awareness Session with children and young people
- Staff Development Session on online safety awareness, online safeguarding and school/organisation practice
- Parents Session on online safeguarding – includes awareness raising and school/organisation and home practice advice
- Governors/External Stakeholder Session on online safeguarding – includes awareness raising and school/organisation and home practice advice
- Production of school/organisation reference and/or regulatory documentation in the area of online safety for a defined audience, addressing potential threats and advising appropriate technology use.
Further scenarios may be agreed after discussion between the applicant and the nominated assessor
The assignment should be completed along the following lines with clear evidence to be provided by the Participant. The assignment will be marked on the following
- Scenario Plan/Background Document
- Explanatory Report
- Supplementary Evidence
On application to take part in the SWGfL EPICT Online Safety Qualification, SWGfL will allocate an Assessor who will be the point of contact for advice and guidance and, who will assess the assignment. On successful completion of the assessment, participants will be notified and certificates will be sent out by post.
Notional Duration and Timescale
This module has a notional duration of 20 hours. However, study is flexible and dependent upon the pre-existing knowledge of the participant. The qualification should take no more than 6 months to complete, from registration to certification. If a participant requires longer to complete an assignment the assessor should be informed as soon as possible.