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ICT Acceptable Use Agreement
Valley Park School believes that effective use of ICT is essential in enhancing learning across the curriculum. Excellent use of ICT allows students to:
- Learn in a way that relates to their recreational culture.
- Utilise the power of multimedia and interactivity to learn and motivate.
- Gain access to a wide range of resources and research.
- Communicate easily with teachers, students and people outside the school.
- Present work in a professional manner.
- Develop innovation and problem-solving skills.
- Overcome some additional educational needs.
Electronic technologies present a range of potential dangers for students and staff. As a result, this policy has been written to ensure that ICT is used effectively whilst minimising risk.
VPS e-Learning Agreement
Students and staff are advised and expected to take personal responsibility for their own use of electronic technologies both in and out of school. Before using any ICT equipment all students are expected to complete the Acceptable User Agreement and return it to the school. By signing this agreement students agree to abide by its rules. Should any of these rules be broken or there be any other cause for concern the school will take appropriate action. Where necessary the police and/or other authorities will be informed. Students are fully supported in understanding how misuse of technology can become very serious as well as guided to establish safe and productive working practices.
Use of Agreement
- Students are expected to treat ICT equipment carefully and not act in any way that might cause damage.
- Students are to use equipment for work purposes only, as directed by the relevant member of staff.
- Students are to report any faults or damage found to an IT technician or Form Tutor.
- Students must abide by the additional rules set out in the iPad scheme agreement.
Use of eMail & Internet
- Students must not search for, or display, any material considered illegal or offensive.
- Students must not transmit or download files without the teacher’s permission.
- Students must not undertake any deliberate act with the intent of avoiding network security procedures.
- Students may only use approved e-mail accounts on the school system.
- Students should immediately tell a teacher if they receive an offensive e-mail.
- Students should not reveal personal details of themselves or others in e-mail communication, or arrange to meet anyone without specific permission.
- E-mail should only be used for work/educational purposes; it should not be used for personal e-mail.
- E-mail sent to an external organisation should be written carefully and authorised by a teacher before sending.
- The forwarding of chain letters and the sending of offensive or inappropriate e-mail is not permitted.
Please note that students will be provided with guidance and support on the use of these technologies from their Computer Science teacher through regular e-safety lessons, as well as input on Focus Days.
- Video conferencing will only be used in lessons with the teacher’s permission.
- Only files connected with student work will be stored on the network.
The school may exercise its right to monitor the use of the school’s information systems, including internet access, the interception of e-mail and the deletion of inappropriate materials where it believes unauthorised use of the school’s information system may be taking place, or the system may be being used for criminal purposes or for storing unauthorised or unlawful text, imagery or sound.
Home-School Partnership Agreement
As with any large organisation, it is really important that we know what to expect from one another, and that you know what to expect from us! We have included a copy in this booklet for your reference and a further copy will be sent home to you in September, for you to discuss with your child and sign.
The School will:
- Provide clear guidance on expectations of students in terms of work and behaviour.
- Communicate with parents and carers to outline the targets appropriate to their child and current levels of work and attainment.
- Monitor attendance, punctuality and uniform and advise parents of any concerns.
- Work with each student as an individual to ensure they reach their full potential.
- Undertake all National Curriculum, Special Needs and all other statutory requirements.
- Provide high-quality learning opportunities for students.
Parent & Carers will:
- Be fully supportive of the ethos of the school.
- Support the school wherever possible in its professional decision making regarding the educational provision for their child.
- Ensure their child is punctual, attends regularly and wears the full school uniform correctly.
- Inform the school immediately of any absence.
- Attend parents’ evenings and consultation days to be advised of their child’s progress.
- Encourage their child to respect all members of the school community and maintain a positive attitude towards their learning.
- Support the school in implementing the rules of work and behaviour and any consequences which may be required as a result of breaching these rules including after school detentions.
- Work to their full potential at all times.
- Follow the school’s expectations at all times observing all points within the Code of Conduct.
- Respect their environment and other members of the school community.
Media Image Consent
We may take photographs and/or record audio visual files of the children at Valley Park, to showcase their talents and record events with which they are involved.
We may use these images in our school’s prospectus or in other printed publications; we may share via our social media channels, or via our website.
Videoconferencing recordings made be made from time to time for the purposes of monitoring or for working with other educational establishments. Additionally, a number of subjects use video footage as assessment evidence.
From time to time the school may be visited by the media who may take photographs or video footage.
Students will often appear in these images which may be included in local or national newspapers, on online news sites, or on televised news programmes.
To comply with the GDPR of 1998, we need your permission before we can photograph or make any recordings of your child. The storage of any recordings or photographs will be in line with this legislation.