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ICT and internet acceptable use policy: model and examples
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.
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.
- Wingfield Primary School, Greenwich
- Thorndown Primary School, Cambridgeshire
- Our Lady of Walsingham Catholic Primary School, Northamptonshire (click on 'computing and acceptable use')
- Kings Worthy Primary School, Hampshire (the school has one policy for pupils and one for staff)
- Woodbridge High School, Redbridge (the school has one policy for pupils and one for staff)
- The Langley Academy, Slough (staff policy contained in its 'information systems' policy)
- Bishop Heber High School, Cheshire West (contained in its 'data security and e-safety' policy)
- Carre's Grammar School, Lincolnshire (pupil policy)
- Springwell School, Hartlepool (separate policies for pupils and adults)
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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