Date: 5th February 2019
Present: Pupil E-Safety Ambassadors, Mark Sandercock – Governor
Purpose of Visit: To reflect on the effectiveness of e-safety curriculum provision and its impact on pupil understanding and use of the internet. The visit coincided with ‘Safer Internet Day’.
- The two pupil e-safety ambassadors are a credit to the school! They showed great knowledge about the provision for e-safety in their learning, they were enthusiastic in ‘showing off’ their school and, given the quality of support they provided to individuals in classes we jointly visited, could well be recruited to the school’s teaching staff team!
- Visits were undertaken to observe practice in Years 2, 3 and 5. In all cases, through discussion with individuals, good understanding was shown in relation to key aspects of e-safety so, for example, clear explanations were provided by pupils in terms of ‘permission’ and the likely impact of sharing personal information.
- Pupils demonstrated good levels of reasoning and collaboration in tackling an e-safety quiz. Mature discussions were frequently witnessed as pupils deliberated about the most appropriate answer to some quite challenging questions.
- As is sometimes the case still when using technology, systems fail. Effective action was taken in this case with pupils being diverted to designing internet safety posters with interesting outcomes; ‘Think before you click’, ‘Never give out passwords to people you don’t know’.
- In all classes visited there were very high levels of pupil engagement and interest in the subject. From discussions with individuals it is evident that consistently good teaching has led to pupils having a thorough understanding of the subject and can use their knowledge to engage in debates relating to internet safety scenarios they are provided with.
My thanks to Emma Heightley for organising the visit.