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Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, Leigh
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Computing in the 21st Century is seen as an essential resource to support learning and teaching, as well as playing an important role in the everyday lives of children, young people and adults. Consequently, schools need to build in the use of these technologies in order to arm our young people with the skills to access life-long learning and employment.
Information and Communications Technology covers a wide range of resources including; web-based and mobile learning. It is also important to recognise the constant and fast paced evolution of Computing within our society as a whole. Currently the internet technologies children and young people are using both inside and outside of the classroom include:
Whilst exciting and beneficial both in and out of the context of education, much computing, particularly web-based resources, are not consistently policed. All users need to be aware of the range of risks associated with the use of these Internet technologies.
At Sacred Heart, we understand the responsibility to educate our pupils on eSafety issues; teaching them the appropriate behaviours and critical thinking skills to enable them to remain both safe and legal when using the internet and related technologies, in and beyond the context of the classroom.
Schools hold personal data on learners, staff and other people to help them conduct their day-to-day activities. Some of this information is sensitive and could be used by another person or criminal organisation to cause harm or distress to an individual. The loss of sensitive information can result in media coverage, and potentially damage the reputation of the school. This can make it more difficult for your school to use technology to benefit learners.
Everybody in the school has a shared responsibility to secure any sensitive information used in their day to day professional duties and even staff not directly involved in data handling should be made aware of the risks and threats and how to minimise them.
Both this policy and the Acceptable Use Agreement (for all staff, governors, visitors and pupils) are inclusive of both fixed and mobile internet; technologies provided by the school (such as PCs, laptops, personal digital assistants (PDAs), tablets, webcams, whiteboards, voting systems, digital video equipment, etc); and technologies owned by pupils and staff, but brought onto school premises (such as laptops, mobile phones, camera phones, PDAs and portable media players, etc).
All monitoring, surveillance or investigative activities are conducted by computing authorised staff and comply with the Data Protection Act 1998, the Human Rights Act 1998, the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) and the Lawful Business Practice Regulations 2000.
A breach or suspected breach of policy by a School employee, contractor or pupil may result in the temporary or permanent withdrawal of School computing hardware, software or services from the offending individual.
Any policy breach is grounds for disciplinary action in accordance with the School Disciplinary Procedure or, where appropriate, the HCC Disciplinary Procedure or Probationary Service Policy.
Policy breaches may also lead to criminal or civil proceedings.
Any security breaches or attempts, loss of equipment and any unauthorised use or suspected misuse of computing must be immediately reported to the school’s eSafety coordinator. Additionally, all security breaches, lost/stolen equipment or data (including remote access SecureID tokens and PINs), virus notifications, unsolicited emails, misuse or unauthorised use of computing and all other policy non-compliance must be reported to Mrs Williams or Miss Lawton.
Primary Pupil Acceptable Use
Agreement / eSafety Rules
Dear Parent/ Carer
Computing including the internet, e-mail and mobile technologies, etc has become an important part of learning in our school. We expect all children to be safe and responsible when using any computing.
Please read and discuss these eSafety rules with your child and return the slip at the bottom of this page. If you have any concerns or would like some explanation please contact Miss C Lawton
Parent/ carer signature
We have discussed this and ……………………………………..........(child name) agrees to follow the eSafety rules and to support the safe use of computing at Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School.
Parent/ Carer Signature …….………………….………………………….
Class …………………………………. Date ………………………………
The use of e-mail within most schools is an essential means of communication for both staff and pupils. In the context of school, e-mail should not be considered private. Educationally, e-mail can offer significant benefits including; direct written contact between schools on different projects, be they staff based or pupil based, within school or international. We recognise that pupils need to understand how to style an e-mail in relation to their age and good network etiquette;‘netiquette’. In order to achieve ICT level 4 or above, pupils must have experienced sending and receiving e-mails.
E-mails received as part of your School job will be subject to disclosure in response to a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. You must therefore actively manage your e-mail account as follows:
Delete all e-mails of short-term value
Organise e-mail into folders and carry out frequent house-keeping on all folders and archives
The following pupils have their own individual school issued accounts (Year 5 and 6), all other children use a class/ group e-mail address
All pupil e-mail users are expected to adhere to the generally accepted rules of netiquette particularly in relation to the use of appropriate language and not revealing any personal details about themselves or others in e-mail communication, or arrange to meet anyone without specific permission, virus checking attachments
Pupils must immediately tell a teacher/ trusted adult if they receive an offensive e-mail
Staff must inform Mrs Andrews or Mrs Ahmed if they receive an offensive e-mail
Pupils are introduced to e-mail as part of the computing Scheme of Work
However you access your school e-mail (whether directly, through webmail when away from the office or on non-school hardware) all the school e-mail policies apply
Sending e mails
Updated Spring Tern 2020
Renewed Spring Term 2022