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ICT and Online Safety Policy




St Patrick’s Primary School




Magheradroll Nursery Unit




ICT and Online Safety Policy

(including Use of Internet, digital Technologies and eLearning)









St Patrick’s Primary School and Magheradroll Nursery Unit - ICT Vision

St Patrick’s Primary School Mission Statement

In St Patrick’s Primary School we challenge, motivate, and inspire in a happy, safe and stimulating learning environment where all members of the school community are valued, grow in the Catholic faith, develop their self-esteem and achieve their full potential as a unique individual so that they can play a valuable role in society.

Magheradroll Nursery Unit Mission Statement:

In Magheradroll Nursery, we develop every child personally, socially, physically, intellectually and spiritually in a happy, secure, caring and stimulating environment. We work in partnership with parents to promote self -confidence, self-esteem, independence and a love of learning in an atmosphere of fun and enjoyment.

ICT allows all pupils to gain confidence and ability in an ever-changing society and prepares them for the challenge of a rapidly developing and evolving technological world.

  • To provide      opportunities to enable all our staff, pupils and parents to be confident,      competent and independent users of ICT.
  • To provide an      environment where access to ICT resources is natural and commonplace.
  • To ensure ICT has a fundamental role in developing andenhancing our school’s key learning aims in promoting the pupils’      educational,      physical and social needs.
  • ICT encourages our staff and pupils to work collaboratively.


Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is changing the lives of everyone. ICT is a generic term used to denote the convergence of computers, video and telecommunications, as seen in the use of multi-media computers, mobile phones, gaming consoles etc.

We aim to enable our pupils to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information. We also focus on developing the skills necessary for children to be able to use information in a discriminating and effective way.

St Patrick’s Primary School meets the requirements set out within the Northern Ireland Curriculum and develops the use of the 5Es within the tasks already being carried out

  • Explore           
  • Express           
  • Exchange        
  • Evaluate         
  • Exhibit

ICT now forms part of the School Development Plan and will be reviewed annually.

St Patrick’s Primary School and Magheradroll Nursery Unit is well equipped with a networked laptop in each class, 17 networked PCs and 13 laptops in a dedicated ICT suite and a laptop for staff use in the Staff Room. Wireless Merus provide wireless connectivity throughout the school building. Magheradroll Nursery Unit has one desktop purchased through fundraising. This is linked to the school network.

In addition, 39 iPads have been purchased for teacher and pupil use. There are five iPads in the P7, P6, P5/6 and P4/5 class and four in the P1-P3/4 classes. There are 2 iPads available for use in the Learning Support Room and one has been allocated to the Nursery. Each member of Staff has access to an iPad dedicated for staff use. A separate iPad policy is in place.

Every class has access to

  • a      class PC
  • a      colour printer
  • a      digital camera
  • an      Interactive Whiteboard
  • ICT      through the networked system.
  • iPads

Strategies for use of ICT

  • ICT      is not taught as a distinct subject, but it is a tool to be used as      appropriate throughout the curriculum
  • All      pupils are given equal access
  • ICT      is an entitlement for all pupils
  • Common      tasks are set that are open-ended and can have a variety of responses
  • We      provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the      challenge of the task to the ability and experience of the child
  • Use      of ICT at home will continue to be encouraged through projects and homeworks,      e.g. for research for topic work.
  • Children      should continue to be encouraged to access and make use of the school and      nursery website which is regularly updated –
  • Our school and nursery      provide a Facebook page to keep parents and the wider community informed      and to celebrate success. As      nursery and primary children are not permitted to access Facebook parents      are encouraged to share the information with them.
  • A school and Nursery      App has been developed and is now the main way of communicating with      parents/guardians, providing access to policies and sharing other      information. All parents have been      notified that hard copies of communications will be no longer issued. However, this can be provided if      requested.
  • Seesaw is also used to      keep parents informed of and involved in their child’s learning and to      communicate events and messages relating to their child’s school life.


ICT Competences

At St Patrick’s Primary School and Magheradroll Nursery Unit we endeavour to help our pupils to develop competence in the use of ICT.

ICT competence is concerned with:

  • Learning      about ICT – developing the knowledge and skills required to use ICT      effectively and to apply these in a range of contexts.
  • Learning      through ICT – developing the skills required to access and use information      from a range of electronic sources, interpret it and use it effectively.
  • Learning      with ICT – applying the skills in their own learning either at school, at      home or in the community.


Pupils accessing the World Wide Web

For all information related to this see St Patrick’s Primary School’s and Magheradroll Nursery Unit Policy on the Use of the Internet and e-Learning policy (see Appendices 1 &2)


ICT and the Northern Ireland Curriculum

  • Literacy

ICT is a major contributor to the teaching of Literacy

  • Children learn how to draft, edit and revise text.
  • Children can create, develop present and publish ideas and opinions visually or orally.
  • They learn how to improve the presentation of their work by using desk-top publishing and presentational software.
  • Numeracy

Many ICT activities build upon the mathematical skills of the children.

  • Children use ICT in Numeracy to collect data, make predictions, analyse results, and present information graphically.
  • They can explore mathematical models e.g. use of BeeBots, Probots and spreadsheets.
  • Personal Development and Mutual Understanding (PDMU) and Citizenship

ICT makes a contribution to the teaching of PDMU and citizenship as children learn to work together in a collaborative manner.

  • They develop a sense of global citizenship by using the Internet.
  • Through the discussion of moral issues related to electronic communication, children develop a view about the use and misuse of ICT as exemplified through the use of LNI.
  • They also gain a knowledge and understanding of the interdependence of people around the world.
  • Creative and Expressive

      ICT offers children the freedom to express their own ideas creatively and to experience the designs of others.

  • Children will have the opportunity to develop their creativity through a range of network software and digital technology.
  • They can explore the Internet to gain access to a wealth of images and information about world famous pieces.
  • World around Us

ICT transcends the barriers of distance and opens up the world as an easily accessible global community allowing children to experience the past, present and future of the world they live in.




St Patrick’s Primary School’s and Magheradroll Nursery Unit ICT facilities are available for use by all pupils and staff. All children are given access to ICT regardless of gender, race, physical or sensory disability. ICT can impact on the quality of work that children can produce and it can increase their confidence and motivation.

The Learning Support Teacher also has a networked laptop and IWB to support his everyday teaching and learning strategies.

Progression, Monitoring, Assessing and Evaluating



    • All       children develop and learn at their own pace.
    • A       line of activities/skills is currently being developed to ensure there is       progression throughout each year group.       Progression will be assured through a range of increasingly       challenging activities covering all areas of ICT and embedded in the       Northern Ireland Curriculum.
  1. In Foundation Stage –tasks are being developed within each year group within existing curricular areas.
  2. In Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 – tasks from the CCEA Accreditation Scheme have been assigned appropriately throughout the year groups. KS1 and 2 participate in ICT Accreditation. P4 and P7 teachers have chosen appropriate tasks which are linked to topic based learning and included them in their planning.



  • Samples of ICT work will be gathered by the ICT Co-ordinator on a termly basis to monitor the skills/ICT activities which are being taught in each year group. At the end of each year, the children’s skills progression checklist for each child in P4-7 will be passed onto their next teacher. P1-3 classes complete a class skills checklist termly and this is passed on to the P4 teacher.
  • All teachers complete a Line of Progression monitoring sheet termly for each class is highlighting skill covered using Red- Term 1, Yellow – Term 2, Green – Term 3. This is saved on the RMStaff folder.


  • Evidence      gathered each year is assessed by the ICT Coordinator



  • Evidence      gathered each year will be summarised within a self-evaluative report.


ICT Coordinator

  • It      is the responsibility of the ICT Coordinator to assist all teachers with      the implementation of this policy.
  • The      ICT Coordinator has the responsibility for the management of the      resources, which are required for the implementation of this policy.
  • The      ICT Coordinator will disseminate information regarding new developments in      ICT to other members of staff.


  • The      ICT Coordinator will be responsible for any staff INSET in the development      of ICT.
  • It      will be the responsibility of the ICT Coordinator to ensure that the      system for reviewing this policy is initiated.
  • The      ICT Coordinator will be responsible for the updating of policy, action      plans and Internet guidelines and informing staff of aforementioned      documents.




Future Developments of ICT to be set out in an appropriate Action Plan

Each year, following a self-evaluative review, areas for development in ICT are identified and an Action Plan drawn up for inclusion in the School Development Plan.

Appendix 1


Use of the Internet


On-Safety Policy















The Board of Governors will ensure that St Patrick’s Primary School and Magheradroll Nursery Unit has a policy on the safe, healthy, acceptable and effective us of the Internet and other digital tools e.g. digital cameras, ipads, acceptable use of mobile phones and gaming hand-helds which have downloadable capabilities e.g. Nintendo DS Lite or PSP’s. They also promote safe and acceptable practices for all pupils, parents and staff.

Online safety remains a paramount concern in our school and nursery and we recognise that we play a crucial role in raising awareness of the risks, highlighting the impact of behaviour when engaging with online technologies and educating children about how to act appropriately and stay safe.

We want pupils to have the opportunity to avail of all the positive benefits that come from learning, exploring and connecting with each other online. However, in doing so, they need to know how to protect themselves.

We strive to ensure that pupils and adults are kept safe online whilst in school and on school-organised activities and recognise that we have a responsibility to ensure that there is a reduced risk of pupils accessing harmful and inappropriate digital content.

This policy is part forms an integral part of our over Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and Procedures.


  • Use of ICT in the Northern Ireland education      community must be in support of the aims and objectives of the Northern      Ireland Curriculum.
  • All users must comply with all copyright laws.     
  • All users must limit their use of the Internet      for school related purposes – examples of this include the use of email      (issued only to KS2 pupils), the use of the Internet to investigate and      research school subjects and staff using the Internet to further develop      their professional development.
  • All users are expected to behave in an      appropriate manner when communicating with others.
  • All users must be aware that the use of the      Internet in schools is a privilege and not a right and this privilege will      be withdrawn if it misused.
  • All users must respect the hardware and      software that has been made available to them.
  • All users must respect the work of others.

Internet Filtering

Internet Filtering is managed by the ICT Coordinator and Principal. They access any training provided by C2k on this area and can further amend the local filtering policy to meet the needs and demands of the school.

In St Patrick’s and Magheradroll Nursery Unit teachers have Internet Advanced and Internet Streaming Access rights. All pupils and non-teaching staff have default access rights (Full details of the categories that can be accessed can be found in Appendix A of Information Sheet EN039 –Managing Internet Filtering). It is the responsibility of teachers to ensure that any website or electronic resource accessed is appropriate and in line with the Safeguarding policy of the school/nursery. Teachers must ensure that they have viewed the full content of any electronic materials prior to using it with children.


Reporting and dealing with breaches in online safety

Should a member of staff using inappropriate materials it will be dealt with in accordance with the Child Protection Policy and Code of Conduct.

Whilst the school’s computer network is filtered by C2k there is a possibility that inappropriate material may slip through. If this is the case, the pupil should notify the class teacher immediately, the child should be removed from the computer, the teacher should take note of the site and report it immediately to C2k to be blocked.

Instances relating to child protection should be reported to the Designated Teacher. In cases of internet abuse or where a child is at risk then the child protection procedures will be implemented.


Supporting Individual Needs

Through the new management console, the C2k manager will be able to control access to the internet and services to named individuals and groups of users based on their role in the school, their age, courses studied or to support individual needs.

Wireless Internet Access

Wireless Merus are fitted throughout the school and wireless internet access is available for any electronic device. The same access rights apply when using wireless internet access.

Personal Mobile Devices (laptops, netbooks, tablets, PCs and phones)

The school can have no control over content stored on personal devices brought into school. Therefore, children are not permitted to bring in any personal device to school. This is to ensure that inappropriate materials are not brought in and accessed by pupils. Only teaching staff are permitted to bring their personal devices into school and use this to support their teaching. Should this occur, teachers must ensure that children have no access to the device at any time. Non-teaching staff are permitted to bring in their own device for personal use only.

Should a member of staff allow a child/children to access to inappropriate material held on their personal device he/she will be dealt with in accordance with the Child Protection Policy and Code of Conduct.

Visitors bringing their own device to support learning must ensure that inappropriate materials are not brought in and accessed by pupils.

Should a visitor allow a child/children access to inappropriate material held on their personal device he/she will be dealt with in accordance with the Child Protection Policy and Code of Conduct.


Storage of Data

Following C2k transformation in January 2014, data and information will be stored in the cloud and no longer in the school itself. This means it can be securely accessed from any location removing the need to carry data and files on insecure data pens and portable devices. When accessing pupil documents and/or files outside of school on personal devices the c2k system requires these to downloaded. Staff must save any pupil documents or confidential information to their encrypted data pen. Pupil documents or information should not be stored on personal devices. (See Data Protection Policy).

Register of Access

In St Patrick’s Primary School and Magheradroll Nursery Unit we operate a ‘Register of Access’ which clearly outlines who has access to the different pupil and staff data available on the school system. The is kept by the ICT Coordinator.



Promoting On-line Safety


In St Patrick’s Primary School and Magheradroll Nursery Unit we actively promote safe use of the internet amongst our children and educate them on online safety by:

  • Providing age-appropriate online safety      messages that are relevant and engaging.
  • Actively promoting online safety messages for      pupils on how to stay safe; how to protect themselves online; and how to      take responsibility for their own and others’ safety.
  • Actively promoting within the school the      development of online safety messages by the children themselves, and      participation in events such as Safer Internet Day and associated      competitions organised by agencies such as EA/C2k.


  • Pupils      must not enter the folders or files of anyone else
  • Pupils      must be aware that teachers have the right to enter any pupil folder in      their own class
  • The      ICT Co-ordinator and Principal reserve the right to enter any pupil’s      folder
  • Pupils      must not use the Internet for unapproved purposes
  • Pupils      must only use their school email address for school work
  • Pupils should report any inappropriate      information that breaches the C2k filtering service to their teacher immediately
  • Pupils      should be discouraged from bringing mobile phones and hand-held gaming      consoles with downloadable capabilities to schools on the grounds that      they:-
    • are valuable and may be lost or stolen.
    • are       capable of storing images that are inappropriate.


  • Parents      should be aware that the access to the Internet provided to staff and      pupils in school has limiting security features.
  • Parents      should be aware that the use of the Internet in school is closely      monitored by staff. They will be asked to give their permission before a      child uses the internet in school- copy of the letter attached.
  • Parents      should be aware that there will be no use of the Internet without the      supervision of staff and that this will be in full view of others, e.g.      the classroom or the ICT Suite
  • Parents      should, in co-operation with staff, make pupils aware of the rules and expectations      within this document. They should      make every effort to attend any online safety information sessions      arranged for them.
  • Parents      should be aware that the use of ICT is complimentary to the teaching      already done – i.e. the use of computers in the classroom is a tool
  • Parents      should be aware that children’s full names will not be available online at      any stage but some indication of work they do could be added to any online      work that becomes available on the school website, facebook page or on      Seesaw.
  • Parent      should be aware that no photographs of pupils will be available online      without parents giving their permission.
  • Parents      should discourage pupils from bringing mobile phones to school on the      grounds that Internet access becomes very difficult to police
  • Parents should also be aware that social      networking sites Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook adhere to a strict ‘over      13’s’ age policy


  • Network      administrators reserve the right to review files and communications to      maintain system integrity and ensure that the users are using the system      responsibility – they will respect the right to privacy whenever possible
  • Any      parent or member of staff who wishes to discuss this document can put any      questions to:-
  • Mr      P Coulter (Principal)
  • This      document is based on:

Acceptable Use of the Internet and Digital Technologies in Schools (DENI Circular 2007/1 – 18 June 2007), Effective Use of Mobile Technologies (DENI Circular 2016/26) and On-line Safety (DENI Circular 2016/27).

Guidelines for those working with children and young people


(Also included in staff Code of Conduct)

Use of information technology

With regard to relationships, staff should not attempt to establish an inappropriate relationship which might include:

  • Communication of a personal nature
  • Inappropriate dialogue through the internet
  • The sending of emails or text messages of an inappropriate nature

Staff should be extremely careful in corresponding with others on social networking sites. Staff relationships with children should at all times remain professional and they should not correspond with children through such sites or add them as ‘friends’. It is worth bearing in mind that on such sites an inappropriate or even misconstrued communication may have the potential to impact upon careers or even result in criminal investigation.

In addition staff should bear in mind who may access their profiles on such websites and should therefore take care as to the information they display about themselves and their personal lives. They should also ensure that they have installed and are using the appropriate privacy settings.

Staff should not make, view or access illegal or inappropriate images of children.

Staff working with children and others, with whom they may be in a position of trust, should exercise caution when using social networking sites and avoid inappropriate communication of any kind.

Appendix 2

E-learning Policy

St Patrick’s Primary School and Magheradroll Nursery Unit eLearning Policy

What is e-Learning ?

This is learning that is made possible and supported through the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in school and at home. Whatever the technology being used by the individual learning, it is at the core of the educational journey. Undoubtedly, eLearning involves engaging in a wide range of learning activities, both inside and outside school, including the use of ICT to support life-long-learning for families. Schools involved in eLearning use a mixture of familiar learning techniques and traditional methodologies combined with e-learning that is delivered entirely online.

What is a VLE ?

We are developing a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) in St Patrick’s Primary School. We are using the computer-based learning environment called My School run by C2K. The advantage of online learning means that it can be accessed from any computer with internet access in the world.

What is MySchool ?

MySchool is the online tool that provides access to school related files. It has some of the following features:

  • communication tools (email, bulletin boards and chat rooms);
  • collaboration tools (online forums, intranets, electronic diaries and calendars);
  • tools to create online content and courses;
  • controlled access to curriculum resources; e.g. Newsdesk, online educational videos and an area to store files

eLearning in our school:

The school has a managed computer service supported by C2K which provides us with computers in every classroom and a number of high quality laptop computers. We have Interactive Whiteboards in every classroom and have introduced iPads into every classroom to support learning. We have a wireless network that allows children to access their individual documents, the internet and a local printer to support their eLearning skills development.

eLearning at Home:

If you have an internet connection at home, your child is able to access My School and thus interact in a safe and controlled way.

eLearning links with other schools

It is hoped that through My School online discussions with other Northern Ireland schools will begin to develop and then links to schools further afield.


Training for parents

  • Some parents will not be confident in the use of computers and/or electronic devices so we will audit their needs and provide workshops, when necessary.
  • Supporting parents on how to keep their child safe when on-line is an integral part of our Safeguarding policies and procedures. Information is provided to parents on on-line safety and parent workshops are provided through PSNI and other external providers.