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The Online Safety Mark


Schools that are able to show good practice in their e-safety policy and procedures can apply for the Online Safety Mark. The first step towards gaining the mark involves an online application to South West Grid for Learning and submission of a completed 360 degree safe self review in which the school has reached at least the benchmark level in all aspects (shown on the online tool).

The 360 degree safe self review tool is free to use and is intended to help schools review their online safety policy and practice. It provides:

  • Information and stimulus that can influence the production or review of online safety policies and develop good practice.
  • A process for identifying strengths and weaknesses.
  • Opportunities for commitment and involvement from the whole school.
  • A continuum for schools to discuss how they might move from a basic level provision for e-safety to practice that is aspirational and innovative.

Following the application, the Assessor will check the completed 360 degree safe self review tool to ensure that the school appears (in its responses) to have met the benchmark levels and be ready for an assessor visit.

The school is then visited by one or two assessors for a half day visit. Assessors will agree an agenda for the visit with the school based on an exemplar agenda. The assessor will meet with a range of staff, students / pupils, parents / carers and governors and will also carry out a brief review of some of the schools paper / online evidence (policies, minutes, audit logs etc). At the end of the visit the school will be informed by the assessor whether or not their application has been successful. The assessor will also suggest areas of strength and weakness in the school’s e-safety provision. There is a charge for the assessment.

All Curriculum Innovation consultants are qualified SWGfL Online Safety Mark assessors and have delivered inspections across Bradford. 

Standard costs for an assessment are:

Maintained schools less than 500 pupils - £700
Maintained schools 500 or more pupils - £900
All Independent Schools £900

Our Bradford schools costs are:

Primary - £500 (£450 subscribing school)
Secondary - £700 (£650 subscribing school)

Bradford Online Safety Mark Schools

Worthinghead Primary
Ingrow Primary
Oldfield Primary
Titus Salt school
Burley Oaks Primary
Shirley Manor Primary Academy
Green Lane Primary and Nursery School
Cottingley Primary School
Addingham Primary School
Saltaire Primary School
Blakehill Primary School
Miriam Lord Primary School
Oakworth Primary School

Cullingworth Primary School

Oastler's School

St John the Evangelist Catholic Primary