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time for guidance on social media?

12 March 2014

In the minds of some teachers, the rights and wrongs of social media contact with pupils is an extremely grey area. For me it is straightforward – have a clear policy at your school setting out what is and it not acceptable. Make the policy clear and easy to understand and enforce. Ambiguity leads to excuses for breach.

To support schools it is time we saw a steer from the DfE about social media contact. The GTCW have reported that 5 out of 21 cases last year involved social media contact between pupils and staff. We also know that some of the high profile cases in the news over the last few years have included social media contact, so it’s not an issue that is going away.

We are not short of guidance in education generally, so I don’t like to push for more. However, social media is an area where guidance might well be required to support staff.

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