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Teachers lack training to safeguard pupils against online exploitation, new study shows

A new study has revealed that half of teachers do not have adequate training to protect their students from online radicalisation and exploitation while at school.

More than 1,300 ICT lead teachers were surveyed by the National Education Research Panel (NERP) in a study commissioned by the British Educational Supplier’s Association (BESA) and the results provided some worrying statistics. According to their results, 51 per cent of primary teachers and 49 per cent of secondary teachers “need training in e-safety issues”.

E-Safety concerns “permeate the entire school”, says director of BESA Patrick Hayes. Pupils are engaging with ICT about half of the time in UK classrooms. Of e-safety, Mr Hayes said, “It ranges from making sure data about minors is not available online, but of course it fits entirely with the government’s Prevent strategy, which is to ensure that through accessing the internet, children do not come up against unsavoury individuals.”

While Mr Hayes acknowledged that there is no cure-for-all to solve the issue, he insists that e-safety should be a part of every teacher’s CPD. “There’s a wide range of jargon and terminology that a pupil may be using, both in reference to drugs and radicalisation, which teachers really struggle to keep on top of.”

If you suspect the staff at your school do not have up-to-date training in this rapidly-changing key area, we offer a variety of e-Safety Online Training Courses designed to offer a cost-effective, straightforward solution. Our courses are specifically designed for those working in education, helping to keep students and staff safe and educated, and to provide the evidence required for Ofsted inspections.