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With the growing number of social media websites and interactive apps, and the increasing use of online technology, it has never been more important for adults and young people to make safe and responsible use of technology, both personally and professionally.

Such is the importance of the issue, that Ofsted updated its safeguarding guidance for inspectors in September 2015 to add greater weight to online safety, including that:

Inspectors should investigate what the school or further education and skills provider does to educate pupils in online safety and how they deal with issues when they arise.

Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills from September 2016, Ofsted

To address this challenge, Halesowen College run the Gateway Qualifications Level 2 Award in E-Safety as part of its pastoral curriculum to further support the students’ responsible use of the internet and social media, which is increasingly a key part of their academic and social lives. The College has developed an in-house resource covering the criteria within the qualification, which was initially delivered to 1,400 learners.

Through the qualifications success, college staff have developed bespoke resources addressing criteria within the qualification specification and Personal Coaches are now delivering the Award to more than 2,200 learners at Entry Level, Level 1 and Level 2.

Alex Griffin, Student Experience Director at Halesowen College, explains that learners and the team are finding the qualification helpful; it highlights tips for staying safe online, clarifies areas on legislation around online communication and identifies reporting and referral procedures in regard to E-Safety.

The qualification addresses a number of safeguarding issues and areas relating to personal development, behaviour and welfare. The team at Gateway Qualifications have been most helpful in guiding us through the process.

Alex Griffin, Student Experience Director, Halesowen College

Peterborough Regional College are also delivering Gateway Qualifications’ E-Safety Awards to their learners. Christian Adams, Lecturer for Inclusive Learning at the College describes the E-Safety qualifications as a valuable experience for learners within the inclusive learning section.

This qualification has allowed us to explore different technologies for communicating as well as look at different websites and their regulations. It has helped us to highlight the importance of being safe when online and discuss the consequences of negative online behaviour.

Christian Adams, Lecturer for Inclusive Learning, Peterborough Regional College

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