Social Media Principles

We have a set of principles which we expect anyone engaging with us on social media to follow.

  • Be yourself, let your personality shine
  • Use sensibly, if you don’t want the world to know, don’t post
  • Respect everyone, play nice, be fair, assume best intentions
  • Protect yourself, privacy settings are there for a reason
  • Don’t swear (obviously)
  • Listen, sometimes the hardest thing to do

We keep these in mind when we’re responding to you and monitoring your posts, too.

Monitoring our social media communities

What we expect from you and what we’ll do to keep our social communities open, positive and welcoming.

Be respectful

We welcome your opinions, both positive and negative, but we expect everyone to treat each other (including the Social Media team and other social responders) with respect.

Don’t share personal information

This means your own or other’s personal information. If you do, we may ask you to remove it. Personal information can include, but isn’t limited to:

  • names
  • postal and email addresses
  • phone numbers
  • your work address or somebody else’s

We might ask you to share personal information, such as your name or your child’s name, with us in a private message (PM) or direct message (DM) but never in public. We will ensure your personal information is kept safe and only use it for the purpose you intended.

By sharing personal information with us on social media, you are also sharing this with the social media network you’re using. If you want more information about how they use this information, see their terms and conditions.

We’ll remove unacceptable posts

We’re building open, positive and welcoming social communities and will block your account or remove any comment, image or video which:

  • feature images or names of children we believe have been shared without consent
  • is abusive or threatening
  • is offensive
  • incites hate

is unlawful (for example, they are defamatory, fraudulent or violate of intellectual property rights) are purposefully deceptive

We will remove posts if you post repetitively with the same point (after we’ve made an effort to address your issues).

Where we can’t remove your posts or block your account from engaging with us, we may flag your account as inappropriate to the relevant social media network.

Appropriate Communication

Contact to Colleagues via their private, personal email addresses or social media accounts about school-related business is not allowed. This is in breach of our Colleague Code of Conduct and Social Media Guidelines.

Any attempts to communicate privately with Colleagues (about school-related business) will be treated as potential Safeguarding risks and could result in serious repercussions for all parties involved.

If you have concerns or questions for Colleagues or Academies we recommend you contact them via their official academy email or phone number.