Provision of Laptops/Devices

During the summer holidays we have been escalating our ability to deploy devices to children both in school and into homes.  We now have a significant number of devices and will be operating 3 schemes:

  1. Social Worker – those children with an allocated social worker will be loaned at no cost a laptop via the DfE/local authority scheme for the year.
  2. Limited access and meets financial criteria – those children who meet the DfE criteria for hardship may receive a device on loan directly from the DfE (administered by school) or may receive a device on loan from the school, both for the period of the isolation or shielding (not all year).
  3. Universal Loan Scheme for All – a loan scheme with a £30 non-returnable annual deposit that the parents of all children can access, in a priority order.  Please see website for information on how this scheme works, an online form and payment instructions.

Please note the school is working with the LA to bring the DfE scheme under no 2 into being realised as soon as possible but we do not have influence in the delivery dates/times to school.

Details of the Loan Scheme:

1. Social Worker Scheme

This applies only to those who have a named allocated social worker.  The laptop is provided by the DfE, via WBC, and owned by the school.  You may be required to return the laptop on ceasing being a pupil at the school or for maintenance.

The agreement you will be required to sign is here:  SOCIAL WORKER LAPTOP AGREEMENT

2. Limited access and meets financial criteria 

The DfE are providing to schools laptops and 4G connections where thse are needed during an are lockdown and potentially at other times.  The school will inform you if they consider your child falls with the criteria.  4G connections only applies to those withut internet access.  More information will be published when we have received communications from the DfE.

3. Universal Loan Scheme for All

This is a loan scheme run by the school.  We are loaning chromebooks for a period of an academic year under this scheme for a non-returnable deposit of £30.

The agreement you will be required to sign is here: UNIVERSAL LOAN AGREEMENT

Payment will be made by telephone creit card or potentially Parent Pay.

Registering a Request for a Device

To register your request to receive a laptop in one of these schemes please complete the web forrm: REGISTER REQUEST FOR A DEVICE 


Internet Safe Filtering & Monitoring

Filtering: The school has a system provided by the local authority called Fortinet.  This will block all traffic that comes through the school's network, including the school's wireless, that is classified according to an international classification system as inapproriate.  This includes classifications in multi-languages and images, covering a range of material including extremism. 

A copy of Fortinet's compliance with UK Safer Internet Centre is available here: FORTINET FILTERING COMPLIANCE

Monitoring: The school monitors internet access by:

- receiving a report on the most blocked websites from school network at least annually, sharing this with WBC ICT to assess the greatest risks/concerns (last review 27/09/16)

- training children to report (Kidsafe programme and E-Safety) and responding to all reports of inapproriate content, informing the LA as necesary (nothing was reportable for last 4 years).

-random reviewing of internet browsing histories


E-Safety and Cyberbullying

It is our collective responsibility to ensure that children are as safe as possible online, to know what is acceptable page zipblockflagbehaviour online and how to respond to experiences that are not safe or appropriate.

E-safety applies to all forms of electronic information and lots of different types of devices including computers, tablets, mobile phones, gaming devices and game consoles.

It also applies to all forms of electronic communication from websites and online forums to games contacts and texting, photo sharing and social media.

In the Spring Term we held an E-Safety Enrichment Day followed by a Parents Information Evening led by a Police School Liaison Officer.

Useful Guides

The help guides provided below explain how to change the security and privacy settings on a range of social networking platforms. The instructions are very easy to follow and include images to guide you where to look for the specific icons.


Parents Guide to Mobile Phones

Parents Guide to Snapchat

Parents Guide to Cyberbullying

Parents Guide to Security

Parents Guide to Online Gaming


What to do if you experience what you think could be Cyberbullying or see Inappropriate Content?

The school's internet is filtered by the local authority's system.

In the school's ICT suite have also activated the Google SafeSearch so you should not come across content, incl. images, that are unsuitable.

If you still come across unsuitable images or content or are aware of any other pupil who has come across this please report it immediately to Mrs Brown (our Pastoral and Safeguarding Manager), or any member of the teaching staff.

If you come across any inapproriate messages being sent or received by either you or another pupil you should also report this immediately to Mrs Brown or any of the teaching staff.



‘Online Safety Top Tips’ are provided in a leaflet at parents evening every half-term and distributed to parents electronically. However St Margaret's top 5 tips are as follows:

1. Produce a ‘Home Agreement’

It’s useful to agree on some ground rules together.
When producing a ‘Home Agreement’ you might want to consider some of the following:

General Online Safety Rules

How much time per night they are allowed on technology/the internet.
The age rating of websites they are allowed to visit.
Sharing and/or distributing personal details, images and videos.
How to treat people online and not post anything they wouldn’t say face-to-face.

Game Console Online Safety Rules

Check the age rating before they play – if the age rating is an 18 these games can include bad language, inappropriate content etc.

Set their settings so they can only talk to their friends – private chat not game chat.

Negotiate the amount of time they spend playing online games.

2. Know who your child is talking to online

It’s important to keep track of who your child’s talking to.
Setting up your own profile on social networking sites is a good idea. You can add your child and monitor their friends, who is commenting on their posts etc.

3. Explore online together

Ask your child to show you their favourite things to do online, and show an interest in what they do – just like you would offline.

4. Check they know how to use privacy settings and reporting tools

Check the privacy settings on any online accounts your child has, like Facebook, Instagram and Game consoles etc
Remind them to keep their personal information private.
Talk to your child about what to do if they see content or are contacted by someone that worries or upsets them.  Make sure they know how to use tools to report abuse.

5. Use parental controls to filter, restrict, monitor or report content

Internet Service Providers (ISPs), such as Sky, Virgin or BT, provide controls to help you filter or restrict content.
Laptops, smartphones, tablets, game consoles and other devices that connect to the internet, have settings to activate parental controls.
If you are unsure how to change these filters and parental controls, go onto YouTube and type your provider in the search bar, it will come up with some easy to follow videos.

Example: “Sky Parental Controls”

Junior Safety Officers (Online Safety Officers)

The school's Junior Safety Officers are undertaking E-safety training to be Online Safety Ambassadors.  They will be leading sessions for children on how to be safe online.  This compliments the work of our staff trained as KidSafe facilitators.

Reporting Strategies

Throughout the academic year, students are informed of a wide range of ‘Online Safety Reporting Strategies’ during assemblies, PSHE & E-Safety lessons. Just to reiterate to parents and carers they are as follows:

Speak to their teacher, Pastoral and Safeguarding Manager - Mrs Brown or Miss Fleming the Asst Headteacher or any other member of staff they feel comfortable telling.
Go to the "Junior Safety Officer” available at lunchtime.

Click the Tootoot Anti-Cyberbullying logo on the front home page of this website to send a message to Mrs Brown.

If there is an incident that occurs during the holidays we recommend using the CEOP website. If you onto this website, on every page there is a red “Report Abuse” button. If you click this button, you can report an incident to a Child Exploitation and Online Protection officer. This system is monitored continuously.