primary & secondary education Training

Ensuring Online Safety in Schools

primary & secondary education Training

9:15 - 16:30

Thursday 5 December 2019

Central London

In 2018, the Internet Watch Foundation identified 105,047 URLs containing child sexual abuse imagery, an increase of 54% since 2015.  While the internet can be a place of opportunity, socialisation and civic enrichment, it can also pose huge risks.

In April 2019, the government launched the Online Harms White Paper encouraging schools to begin incorporating online safety in their curriculum immediately. By September 2020, this will be a statutory requirement for all schools in England as part of relationship and sexual education (RSE).

The Department for Education are urging schools to take a ‘whole-school approach’. Join this interactive training course to gain a wider understanding of online safety risks and understand how your organisation can develop a robust online safety curriculum.

Learning Objectives:
  • Clarify the legislation requirements and recommendations around online safety including the statutory requirement to teach online safety as part of RSE
  • Understand the evolving technological landscape and ensure your organisation recognises the impact this has on children and young people
  • Analyse how children and young people encounter online harms and how they can respond to them appropriately
  • Learn how to adopt a whole-school approach to embedding online-safety in lessons beyond PSHE


Jonathan Taylor, Online Safety and Social Media Consultant


Ken Corish, Online Safety Director, South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL)

David Smellie, Partner, Farrer & Co


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Chair’s Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives

Jonathan Taylor, Online Safety and Social Media Consultant


Clarifying the Legislation Around Online Safeguarding in Schools

  • Understanding the new duty of care which would be placed on tech companies by the Online Harms White Paper and how this impacts schools
  • Discussing the new responsibilities placed on schools by the statutory RSE requirements
  • Using the guidance document ‘Teaching Online Safety in Schools’ to understand how to comply with these requirements
  • Outlining legislation around sexting and revenge porn and how these are likely to be updated after the white paper

David Smellie, Partner, Farrer & Co (CONFIRMED)


Morning Break


Understanding the Evolving Technological Landscape and How it Affects Students

  • Understanding how and where children and young people spend their time online and the risks this poses
  • Outlining new risks including apps that hide content and new social media platforms
  • Highlighting groups of students who are particularly vulnerable to online threats, including children with SEN and ensuring that this is handled accordingly
  • Analysing how these safeguarding risks might be mitigated within a school environment and understanding the legal obligations of the school

Jonathan Taylor, Online Safety and Social Media Consultant (CONFIRMED)




Case Study: Teaching Online Resilience in Schools

  • Discussing the impact of monitoring and filtering activity in schools on safety and resilience
  • Helping children and young people critically consider information and how people present themselves online to identify risks of grooming and radicalisation
  • Empowering children and young people to tackle cyberbullying by saving evidence, blocking and deleting sender and reporting to the service provider
  • Teaching how data is gathered, shared and used
  • Designating a safeguarding lead responsible for identifying and reporting inappropriate content

Amy Strode, Senior Programme Manager (Prevent Education), London Borough of Waltham Forest (invited)


Workshop: Effectively Engaging Parents

  • Understanding the reasons for a lack of engagement from parents in e-safety
  • Exploring innovative ways to re-engage parents
  • Empowering parents to protect their children with new safeguarding tools

Ken Corish, Online Safety Director, South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL) (CONFIRMED)


Afternoon break


Workshop: Developing a Whole-school Approach to the Curriculum

  • Evaluating your current online safety principles, policies and procedures
  • Identifying opportunities to embed online safety in RSE lessons and the wider curriculum
  • Considering how best to disseminate information and safeguarding guidance among staff
  • Building creative techniques and resources to engage and inform students
  • Delineating the recommended follow-up route after disclosure

Jonathan Taylor, Online Safety and Social Media Consultant (CONFIRMED)


Evaluation and Close

*Programme subject to change

Jonathan Taylor

Online Safety and Social Media Consultant

Jonathan worked within Law Enforcement 30 years, for 8 years Jonathan specialised in covert online internet investigations gaining a wealth of knowledge in online offender behaviour. Graduating with an MSc in Criminology / Criminal Psychology, Jonathan now specialises in Online Sex Offender Behaviour and he continues to research into how Social Media is used by children, young adults and online sex offenders.

Jonathan frequently appears on Sky News, The One Show, BBC Breakfast TV, LBC, and Radio 5 Live as an Online Safety & Social Media Consultant and has recently filmed Documentaries for Channel 4 & CBS on the dangers of Online Grooming.

Jonathan is a renowned Online Safety & Social Media Awareness Consultant, delivering Online Safety workshops to Schools (Nationally & Internationally), Foster Care Agencies, Child Safeguarding professionals, Law Enforcement and Academia.

Jonathans wealth of knowledge and experience allows him to speak with authority, on the risk from Social Media, Direct Messaging Services and Online Gaming, that could result in exploitation from grooming, bullying and sexting.

Jonathan also emphasises the importance of building a positive online presence to enhance the possibility of selection for universities places and employment. Furthermore, Jonathan provides information on how best to achieve a ‘Whole School Approach’ in safeguarding students and a school.

Ken Corish

Online Safety Director, South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL) 

Ken is Online Safety Director and Senior Management team member with South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL) drawing on twenty years as a teacher and school leader and ten years as a BECTA award-winning Education Adviser with Plymouth’s ICT Team.

He has trained all Education, Social Care and Early Years HMIs in aspects of online safeguarding and is responsible for shaping inspector guidance and training in online safety. He also contributes to online safety guidance and policy for UK Government and regularly writes blogs and articles for the popular press.

He developed and wrote the multi award-winning 360 degree safe online safety self-review tool and Online Compass tool. Along with fellow director, David Wright, he also created the BETT award-winning BOOST toolset for children’s settings and was a key developer of the UKCCIS framework “Education for a Connected World”. His European work has resulted in the development of the SEL tools SELMA and ENABLE and is currently working on the EVOLVE platform.

David Smellie

Partner, Farrer & Co

David is regarded as the top safeguarding lawyer in the UK. Whether advising on the handling of serious or high-profile safeguarding cases, either past or present or on creating safer systems in organisations, David is acknowledged for the clarity and astuteness of his advice.

David’s expertise stems from many years of advising schools on safeguarding and child protection.  He founded the firm’s Safeguarding Unit in 2015 which advises organisations either working or coming into contact with children.  These include schools, universities, charities, churches and religious organisations, visitor attractions, sports clubs and the medical sector.  He is particularly well known for his role in advising on the William Vahey abuse case where he led the Farrer & Co team in conducting the Independent Review of Hugh Davies QC and more recently in advising Chelsea Football Club on its review of non-recent child sexual abuse.

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