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eSafety - the first one of the CPDLab courses completed

The first one of the CPDLab summer courses 2013 has been completed! The course "Bringing eSafety into school policies and everyday teaching and learning" had eleven participants from nine different countries and it took place on 24-28 June in Brussels.

The mix of the participants on the course was great with all levels and roles represented: national, school head, classroom, ICT coordinator.

As the most immediate outcomes of the course, the ICT coordinators planned to register on the eSafety Label programme as part of their plans for taking the course back to their schools and discussing with the management team. For the teachers, at the classroom level, all are looking to embed these skills in their curriculum with their students.

The challenge discussed throughout the course was how to get the senior leaders on board. The participants representing national and decision-making perspective, shared their thinking on this and worked individually with some of the teachers to give them support. In overall, this seemed to be a major issue for some of the teachers, where the senior-level support and priority is lacking. Furthermore, all agreed that the branding and positioning of eSafety in schools is a key in getting all on board to accept this as something that involves them.

During one course activity ‘no grey lines’, all stood firmly on the side of the line, which said eSafety has to be embedded in the curriculum and that it was a matter for all.