Acceptable Use of ICT Awareness Training

AUP Aware™

This course covers the Acceptable Use of ICT Resources to avoid exposing the school to risks, including virus and malicious software attacks, theft, fraud, unauthorised disclosure of personal data, disruption of network systems and/or litigation.

Learning outcomes – having completed this course, your staff will:

  • Know the purpose of Acceptable Use Policies.
  • Understand how Acceptable Use Policies apply to their role in the classroom.
  • Be familiar with AUP Best Practices and how to implement them in the classroom.
  • Understand unacceptable use of ICT Resources.

Course Content



What is an Acceptable Use Policy?

Objectives of an AUP
General Principles
Digital Learning Plan

Roles & Responsibilities

Role of the Board of Management
Role of Senior Management
Role of Staff
Role of Students & Families

Legal Considerations

The Child Trafficking & Pornography Act 1998
Copyright Law
Software Licensing

Trusted ICT Resources

What are Trusted ICT Resources?
The importance of Trusted Hardware
The importance of Trusted Software
The importance of Trusted Networks

ICT Routine Monitoring

What is Routine Monitoring?

ICT Devices & Equipment

Acceptable Use and best practices
Protecting School Devices
Use of Peripherals (projectors and printers)
Personal Use of School Devices
Use of Personal Devices to access school ICT resources
End of Life Devices - Best Practices


User Accounts & Passwords
Use of Email and Cloud Services
Use of Management Information Systems

Securing Personal Data

Where to store Personal Data?
How to keep your electronic data secure!

Social Media

Acceptable Use of Social Media Accounts
Unacceptable Use of Social Media

Periods of Absence

Planned Periods of Absence
Staff Leaving the School

Unacceptable Use of ICT

Unacceptable Use Examples

Conclusion & Exam

Conclusion & Final Exam

Frequently Asked Questions

Each course takes approximately 60 minutes to complete.

To book a course, just contact us. Once you’ve made your booking, Ark will be in touch regarding staff enrolment.

Of course, you can call us on 021 6019319 or send us a short email to with your name, number, and a time that suits you to take a call.

The platform has been designed for all levels of technical ability. In addition, we ask every course participant for their feedback which we use to continuously improve the user experience.

In short, no. The Ark Academy™ is browser-based. This means courses are taken online using your Internet Browser, i.e. Google Chrome, Safari, Microsoft Edge or Firefox.

The Ark Academy™ works on 99.99% of internet-enabled devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops.

Once you book a course, you can choose for staff to self enroll using a unique group code, or Ark can register staff directly (using their work email address).

On registration, your staff will receive a system-generated email with a link to their assigned course(s) on an agreed date.

Your organisation has access to the purchased course(s) for up to 12 months.

If staff need technical support, they can send us a support ticket using the “Support” option in the top menu of the training site. We’ll respond quickly and deal with their issue directly.

No, they can visit their assigned course at any time, wherever they are. Each course comprises several individual lessons which enable staff to complete it at times convenient to them.

Yes. On completion of a course, your staff will receive a certificate by email. In addition, you (or your designate) will also receive a copy for their personnel file.

The Ark Academy™ will automatically generate course progression reports for Management. This means close to zero administration for you. 

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