As part of the Prevent Duty, schools need to demonstrate that they are protecting young people from being drawn into terrorism and radicalisation.
David Cameron has announced a new package of counter-extremism measures, including enabling parents to cancel their children's passport and banning convicted extremists from working with children.
The legislation establishes a statutory duty of care, the Prevent duty, for all UK educational establishments to ensure that they are taking proactive steps to identify any students who may be at risk of being drawn into extremism or influenced by the processes of radicalisation. In addition, it aims to ensure that the necessary strategies are in place to provide early intervention.
Schools will now be expected to demonstrate a culture of vigilance. Leaders will be tasked with overseeing the safe use of technology and expected to take immediate action if they are concerned about a child’s well-being.
At the East SILC we filter the internet content for all our users. The filtering is based on age, allowing older pupils a wider scope of material to search than our younger pupils whilst maintaining a a tightly controlled, safe environment. This filtering applies across all of our maintained sites; Grafton Learning Centre, Little Woodhouse Hall, and Leeds Children's Hospital (LGI). Where we work in partnership with schools (Whitkirk and Kippax Ash Tree primary schools and Temple Moor High School) our pupils are provided with a suitably controlled digital environment by the host school.
Where we differ from many schools in Leeds and across the UK is that we monitor usage of the internet within the setting. We record all internet requests, who made them, at what time and from which PC, tablet or iPad and requests for pages which are stopped by our filters are flagged for special attention.We believe that internet behaviour monitoring is as important as internet filtering.
E-safety within the Ofsted School Inspection Framework
Ofsted addresses a number of e-safety concerns that schools will need to consider and address. These are highlighted within Keeping Children Safe in Education under “specific safeguarding concerns” including child sexual exploitation, bullying including cyber bullying, radicalisation and sexting. Schools (specifically leader, managers, governing bodies and proprietors) should therefore ensure that e-safety messages are embedded throughout the school’s curriculum to ensure that pupils are prepared for life in modern Britain and the wider world.