Internet Use

Technology changes and moves very fast in the 21st Century. At Holy Trinity, we are working hard to ensure our pupils are as up to date as they can be with emerging technologies.

We are currently updating the ICT infrastructure at school, and more details will be posted shortly.

If you have not received or signed our new internet agreement, please pop into the school office and request another one! Thank you!

In addition to our internet use policy we have just updated our e-safety policy:

Holy Trinity C of E Primary School esafety policy Jan 2016

Use of the Internet Policy

1. Our Vision

1.1 The purpose of Internet use in school is to raise educational standards, to promote pupil achievement, to support the professional work of staff and to enhance the school’s management information and business administration systems.

2. Our Aims

2.1 Internet use is a part of the statutory curriculum and a necessary tool for staff and pupils.

2.2 Benefits to the school include:

2.3 access to world-wide educational resources

2.4 inclusion in innovative initiatives such e-folio

2.5 educational and cultural exchanges between pupils world-wide

2.6 access to experts in many fields for pupils and staff

2.7 staff professional development through access to national       developments, educational materials and good curriculum practice

2.8 exchange of curriculum and administration data with the LA and DfES.

2.9 The school’s Internet access includes the filtering of information through the school’s internet provider, appropriate to the age of pupils.

3. Organisation

All classes have a number of sessions during the week using the ICT suite. Additional sessions can be booked if required and classroom computers can also be used at all times.

4. Teaching and Learning Style

4.1 Pupils will need to be reminded of the school rules for internet use at the point of Internet use. This will be done in lesson time when the need arises. Rules for Internet access will also be posted in the school’s computer suite and in the staff room.

4.2 In a primary school, where pupil usage is fully supervised, government guidance is that all pupils in a class might be authorised as a group.

4.3 At Key Stage 1, access to the Internet will be by adult demonstration. Where further investigation is required there will always be supervised access to approved online materials.

4.4 At Key Stage 2, where children are beginning to demonstrate independent thinking and research skills, children will be directed to appropriate web sites that have been researched by the class teacher.

4.5 The school aims to teach pupils to use the Internet effectively in response to an articulated need – e.g. a question arising from work in class.

4.6 Teachers will also choose a topic with care, select the search engine and then discuss with pupils sensible search words, which should be tested beforehand.

4.7 Children should be able to answer the question ‘Why are we using the Internet?’ In their responses they will be encouraged to evaluate their information.

4.8 Pupils will be taught to acknowledge the source of information used and to respect copyright when using Internet material in their own work.

4.9 Teachers will help pupils to evaluate Web materials and develop healthy and critical attitudes.

4.10 The school will ensure that the use of Internet derived materials by staff and by pupils complies with copyright law.

4.11 If staff or pupils discover unsuitable sites, the URL (address) and content must be reported immediately to the ICT subject leader and the Head Teacher.

5. School Web Site

 

5.1 As the school’s Web site can be accessed by anyone on the Internet, the school has to be very careful to safeguard the interests of its pupils and staff.

5.2  The point of contact on the Web site should be the school address, school e-mail and telephone number. Staff or pupils’ home information will not be published.

5.3  Web site photographs that include pupils will be selected carefully. Written permission from parents or carers will be obtained before photographs of pupils are published on the school Web site.

5.4  Pupils’ full names will not be used anywhere on the Web site, particularly in association with photographs.

5.5  The Head Teacher will take overall editorial responsibility and ensure that content is accurate and appropriate.

5.6  The copyright of all material must be held by the school, or be attributed to the owner where permission to reproduce has been obtained.

 

6. Emerging Technologies

 

6.1 Many emerging communication technologies offer the potential to develop new teaching and learning tools. Mobile communications, wide Internet access and multimedia present opportunities which need to be evaluated to assess risks, to establish benefits and to develop good practice. The safest approach is to deny access until a risk assessment has been completed and safety demonstrated.

6.2 Therefore emerging technologies will be examined for educational benefit and a risk assessment will be carried out before use in school is allowed.

6.3 Mobile phones will not be used during lessons or formal school time.

6.4 Children in upper Key Stage 2 will be taught to use mobile technologies and social networking sites with care and responsibility. The school will use the CEOP training and website to ensure this happens using up to date protocols.

6.5 the ICT manager will ensure he/she is kept up to date with all latest information regarding child safety online and monitor use of the internet in school regularly.

7. Disclaimer

7.1 Parents will be informed that pupils will be provided with supervised Internet access.

7.2 In common with other media such as magazines, books and video, some material available via the Internet is unsuitable for pupils. The school will take all reasonable precautions to ensure that users access only appropriate materials. However, due to the international scale and linked nature of Internet content, it is not possible to guarantee that unsuitable material will never appear on a school computer. The school cannot accept liability for the material accessed, or any consequences of Internet access.

7.3 However, methods to identify, assess and minimise risks will be reviewed regularly.

8. Role of Staff

8.1 It is important that teachers and learning support assistants are confident to use the Internet in their work. The School Internet Policy will only be effective if all staff subscribe to its values and methods. Staff should be given opportunities to discuss the issues and develop appropriate teaching strategies. It would be unreasonable, for instance, if cover staff or supply staff were asked to take charge of an Internet activity without preparation. Clarification and discussion may be required.

8.2 The school will work in partnership with parents, the LEA, DfES and the Internet Service Provider to ensure systems to protect pupils are reviewed and improved.

8.3 It is the responsibility of the staff to ensure the policy is adhered to. It is the responsibility of the subject leader to monitor and review use of the internet regularly.

9. Role of the Head Teacher

The Head Teacher will ensure that the Internet policy is implemented and compliance with the policy monitored.

10. Role of Governors

It is the responsibility of the governing body to be aware of the policy and review it when appropriate.

11. Role of Parents

Parents will be expected to read and sign the documentation to indicate whether or not their child is to participate in using the internet.