Last reviewed on 6 January 2023
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Find out what questions you can ask when reviewing your school's ICT and internet acceptable use policy. Read our model policy to see what good looks like, and see examples from other schools.

Key points to look out for

When you're reading your school's ICT and internet acceptable use policy, look out for:

  • Clear expectations on how everyone in your school community, including parents, should communicate online
  • A list of what constitutes unacceptable use and how users will be sanctioned for it
  • Rules on using personal devices for both pupils and staff, and guidelines for staff social media use
  • The arrangements and rules around remote access, if your school offers this
  • An explanation of how the network and ICT facilities will be monitored and filtered
  • A clear process for when and how pupils' devices may be searched. This includes who's authorised to carry out searches and what will happen if they find inappropriate material

3 questions to challenge the policy

You'd expect an answer to explain how the policy has been adapted