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Lesson Length The expected lesson length will be approximately one hour

Some variation possible.

Assessment Level 1

Students The lesson is suitable for KS3 and KS4 students Since this is a new specification, the lesson is suitable for Year 7 to 9 students and differentiated by outcome  
Overall Focus

The focus for this criterion is the access to the network and how this is controlled and conditioned by an organisational policy, usually this is an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP).

The internet and computer network allows a great deal of communication and access to information.  Some system needs to be in place to ensure that it is used properly and for the right reasons.

Students should be allowed to discuss the AUP and why the different rules and regulations are in place and what signing a document to agree to them actually means.

They can discuss with the network team the elements of the school's AUP.

Lesson Links: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39

Key words AUP, cyberbullying, policy, etiquette These words need to be reinforced throughout the series of lessons  

work to support and acceptable use policy

Evidence here will be student's own work, eportfolios and assessor observations  
Key Questions Some questions to get learners thinking about the topics Students will need to look at the parts of the AUP and discuss them in some detail to fully understand them. What does your AUP say?  What does it actually mean?  Is it easy to abide by, or are there things you don't agree with?  Why?
Learning Objectives
  • understand the meanings of the AUP
  • be able to explain the main requirements
  • be able to discuss the difference between acceptable and unacceptable, especially in areas which are not clear

Students should show that they understand the principles of the AUP and how to maintain them with their own behaviour.  They should also be able to appreciate the benefit by using such a system.

If you are using the Learning Machine learning system, students can add their comments and material to this site as evidence of their growing understanding.  The site, if used consistently, will show progression via charts of activity and outcomes.
Teaching and Learning Elements
  • Overview of the school AUP
  • Detailed look at the key principles
  • Students can break into groups and work on researching the meanings
  • Class discussion and examples of their findings back to class
  • Group or individual work on their own understanding

Students can be shown and discuss the AUP and even where it may be improved (thanks here to Huish Episcopi school).

Use some of the student's ideas and examples to flesh out a solid understanding before progressing

Question students about how and why they did what they did.  Check for understanding.


Lesson Structure Possible structure
  1. Introduction to the AUP
  2. investigate in what it means and how to follow it
  3. look at and discuss possible problem areas
  4. discuss what they have learned and what they can apply
  5. volunteers to share their work and explain how they came to their opinions
  6. highlight next week's focus and issue homework

Warning image Using the school's computers and access to the Internet is a privilege of sorts and needs to be respected and used in a safe and secure way.  This is controlled and managed by a document which all students sign called an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP).  All students sign this and agree to abide by it, but what does it actually protect and control and what are they agreeing to do and not do.  How can it be enforced and what is a fair level of enforcement.

It is easy to find lots of examples of other school's AUPs.  Is there anything useful in these that are not in yours?  Is there a universal set of rules for school internet use?  How can it be enforced outside of school when it is still affecting people inside school?

Anti bully graphic

Homework Get students to write their own amendments to the AUP. Students can vary their homework depending on their level of understanding Get students to document their experience on their portfolio system for assessment


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