ICT “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD)

This policy has been created with consideration to our academy ethos:

  • Education which is Christ centered-Education which is faith enlightened-
  • Education which shows concern for the poor and the education of all
  • Education which build communities
  • Education which pursues excellence



•Bring your own device (BYOD) refers to technology models where individuals bring a personally owned device to an academy site for the purpose of learning.

•A personally owned device is any technology device brought onto the academy site and owned by a student (or the student’s family), staff or guest and includes mobile phones.

Device use rationale:


Y12-13 students are allowed to use mobile phones on site in common room areas.

Use within class should be with the permission of the teacher, and purely for educational purposes, to enhance teaching and learning. In an emergency, academy senior staff will contact parents by telephone.

Y12 and Y13 “BYOD” i-pads and laptops are currently permitted if the student has signed, and abides by, the acceptable BYOD device use and ICT agreement.

The academy recognises the benefits to learning of BYOD to post-16 students and the opportunity to use personal ICT devices on academy sites to support post-16 teaching and learning.

The academy has, therefore, provided its students, staff and guests access to a secure, internet filtered, wireless network for the enrichment of educational activities.

It is the intention of this policy to facilitate and support the use of personal ICT devices on academy sites in furtherance of individualised student learning.

Students are expected to use personal ICT devices in accordance with this policy and the academy, “ICT use (students) policy”.

Please note that students are never required to bring in outside technology to the academy site.

All students will continue to be able to utilise academy equipment.

No student will be disadvantaged by the academy’s, “Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)” policy.

Terms and conditions for the acceptable use of BYOD (bring your own device) Y12 and Y13:

The use of personal ICT devices falls under the academy, “ICT use (students) policy”, which all students must agree to, sign up to and comply with.

•The primary purpose of the use of personal devices at the academy site is educational. Using the device for personal reasons should only take place after permission has been given from a teacher or other member of staff. Students must use devices as directed by their teacher.

•Students must use their own network credentials to connect to the academy wireless network. Students shall make no attempts to circumvent the Trust’s network security. This includes, but is not limited to, setting up proxies and downloading programs to bypass security.

•The use of a personal ICT device is not to be a distraction in any way to teachers or students. Personal devices must not disrupt lessons or private study areas in any way. Playing games or other non-educational work related activities are not permitted.

•Students are not permitted to use any electronic device to record audio or video media or take pictures of any student or staff member without their permission.

•Students shall not distribute pictures or video or any other material relating to students or staff without their permission (distribution can range from emailing/texting to one other person to posting images or videos online).

•Students must not call, text message, email, or electronically communicate with others from their personal device including other students, parents, guardians, friends, and family during lessons unless permission has been given from a teacher or other member of staff.

•Students are expected to act responsibly and thoughtfully when using technology resources. Students bear the burden of responsibility to inquire with ICT Support and/or teachers when they are unsure of the permissibility of a particular use of technology prior to engaging in the use.

•Students may not utilise any technology to harass, threaten, demean, humiliate, intimidate, embarrass, or annoy their classmates or others in their community. This is unacceptable behaviour known as cyber bullying and will not be tolerated. Any cyber bullying that is determined to disrupt the safety and/or wellbeing of the Trust will be subject to disciplinary action.

•Students must check their personal ICT device daily to ensure the device is free from unsuitable material and free from viruses etc. before bringing the device onto a Trust site.

•Students must check their personal ICT device daily for basic Health and Safety compliance to ensure it is free from defects. Any personal ICT device that has obvious Health and Safety defects should not be brought onto a Trust site.

•Students are responsible for charging their personal ICT devices prior to bringing them onto a Trust site. Personal ICT devices cannot be connected to Trust power outlets without first being PAT tested by one of the Trust’s designated PAT testers.

Consequences for misuse/disruption:

In addition to dealing withmisuse/disruption within the remit of the academy’s ICT use (students) policy the behaviour management policy or one or more of the following sanctions may apply:

•The privilege of bringing personal ICT devices into the academy may be removed.

•Personal ICT device may be confiscated and kept at the Main Office until a student’s parent/guardian collects it.

•Access to the academy wireless network may be limited or withheld.

•The academy reserves the right to monitor, inspect, copy, and review a personally owned device or file when staff have a reasonable suspicion that a violation has occurred.

•In serious cases the academy reserves the right to contact external authorities for advice, investigation and prosecution.

Academy Liability Statement:

•Students bring their personal ICT devices to use at an academy site at their own risk.

•Students are expected to act responsibly with regards to their own devices, keeping them up-to-date via regular anti-virus and operating system updates and as secure aspossible.

•It is their duty to be responsible for the upkeep and protection of their devices.