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Set clear expectations for ICT and internet acceptable use using our model policy. See examples of policies from other schools to help you develop your own.

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Model policy

Download and adapt our model policy to help you set guidelines and rules around the acceptable use of ICT and internet for everyone in your school community (including staff, pupils and parents).

Our policy is approved by Forbes Solicitors and takes account of best practice. It also includes:

  • Guidelines for school staff on using Facebook 
  • A parent agreement on communicating with the school that covers use of private email, chat or social media groups
  • Acceptable use agreements for staff, younger pupils and older pupils

We developed this policy with Karen Mitchell, one of our associate experts.





Related policies

Your acceptable use policy should work alongside your policies on:


Karen Mitchell has spent much of her career working in local authorities, providing ICT and information management support services to schools. She was head of information management at Becta, and now works as an independent education consultant.

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