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Online Social Profiling in Education

Online social profiling and the associated compliance requirements that employers have to meet
did not exist when many of the UKís teachers were trained. This has become such an important topic within the profession that the TES and NUT are endorsing action.

Online profiling for recruitment

Online social media checks for the education industry are becoming as essential as CRB checks and references. Under the watchful eyes of parents and Ofsted, you must have a protective policy in place which all staff understand and comply with.

What is an online social profile check?

Accrediting your school or college with SP-Index certification will cost-effectively demonstrate that you are raising the bar in your awareness of the impact of social media throughout recruitment and employment.

These are some of the elements included in each social profile report, which will also provide key indications of each teacherís understanding of online communities:

  • Employer Risk Rating: A traffic-light system which can indicate training requirements.
  • Privacy Rating: A measure of information that an individual makes freely available to everyone online.
  • Content Rating: A measure of commercially unfavourable content.
  • Professional/Social Weighting: Weighting of professional and social posts made.
  • Visibility Landscape: The variety of areas in which an individual is apparent online.

During recruitment, online social profiling criteria can be adjusted according to role, your working culture and ethos. Post-recruitment, our monitoring reports provide you, your wider team, regulatory bodies and parents with confidence in your systems and ethics.


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