Last edited by russdev; 12th April 2014 at 05:25 PM.
Apologies for a late response from me.
The Ofsted section five briefing lists the following points regarding filtering and monitoring.
Indicators of Good and Outstanding practice: "Recognised Internet Service Provider (ISP) or Regional Broadband Consortium (RBC) together with age-related filtering that is actively monitored."
Indicator of inadequate practice: "Security of passwords is ineffective, for example passwords are shared or common with all but the youngest children." and "There is no internet filtering or monitoring."
Personally I advise schools against using any shared logins (e.g. class accounts, shared staff logins) except for children with severe SEN (who must be directly supervised by a member of staff) or for early years and foundation stage settings. However I have worked with 4 year olds who have their own iTunes, XBox, Moshi Monster and Facebook accounts and they can remember those passwords then I'm sure they can cope with a school login if they are taught how! I tend to find the biggest issue with this is actually due to a lack of confidence in teaching primary children about password safety by staff, rather than the children's ability to remember passwords. It is not only poor practice for later years (e.g. children think it's acceptable to share their passwords and login details) but it can also be a nightmare for tracing security and filtering breaches or identifying behaviour concerns (by both pupils and staff) so schools can take appropriate safeguarding and/or disciplinary action. These means that schools may leave themselves vulnerable to concerns or allegations about failure to take appropriate action to prevent harm and safeguard the school community.
I would echo Skunks point, Ofsted are unlikely to drill into the specific technologies used to achieve this, but it is likely that they will discuss school e-Safety practice and policy with staff and pupils - I am aware of them speaking to reception pupils about what to do if they saw something online that made them feel worried etc. This is why a whole school approach (with clear SLT oversight) with appropriate whole staff training, embedded and progressive pupil education, strong and up-to-date Acceptable Use Policies and evidence of appropriate risk assessments etc is essential. Ultimately it will be up to individual schools to decide how they choose to meet these recommendations but the school SLT and Governing Body will need to be able to explain and justify any decisions made.
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