The internet is an essential element in 21st century life for education, business and social interaction. The Trust has a duty to provide students with quality internet access as part of their learning experience. Internet use is a part of the statutory curriculum and a necessary tool for staff and pupils.
As part of our Computing and Health and Well-being lessons, we teach children to recognise and manage potential online risks. As part of safeguarding our children, we also teach children how to keep themselves safe from sexual exploitation.
The academy’s internet access is designed expressly for pupil use and will include filtering appropriate to the age of pupils. Pupils will be taught what internet use is acceptable and what is not and given clear objectives for internet use. Pupils will be educated in the effective use of the internet in research, including the skills of knowledge location, retrieval and evaluation.
The academy will ensure that the use of internet-derived materials by staff and pupils complies with copyright law. Pupils will be taught to be critically aware of the materials they read and shown how to validate information before accepting its accuracy.
Before your child is given access to our computers and tablets, we require the signed ‘Student Agreement’ and ‘Parent/Carer Agreement’ to be returned to your child’s class teacher. We renew these on an annual basis.
Access to the internet at Wallington Primary Academy, and all sites within Cirrus Primary Academy Trust, is carefully monitored. This is made clear to all users through written statements where access is available, including on information displaying guest wireless access.
You can access the Trust's eSafety policy, which applies to our school, here.