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What it is

Today’s children and young people are growing up in a digital world. As they grow older, it is crucial that they learn to balance the benefits offered by technology with a critical awareness of their own and other’s online behaviour, and develop effective strategies for staying safe and making a positive contribution online.

EVOLVE is based on the UKCCIS framework "Education for a Connected World". The framework describes the skills and understanding that children and young people should have the opportunity to develop at different ages and stages. It highlights what a child should know in terms of current online technology, its influence on behaviour and development, and what skills they need to be able to navigate it safely.

Aims of EVOLVE

EVOLVE is a tool for anyone who works with children and young people. It enables the development of teaching and learning as well as guidance to support children and young people to live knowledgeably, responsibly and safely in a digital world.

It focuses specifically on the eight different aspects of online education highlighted in the framework:

  1. Self-image and Identity
  2. Online relationships
  3. Online reputation
  4. Online bullying
  5. Managing online information
  6. Health, wellbeing and lifestyle
  7. Privacy and security
  8. Copyright and ownership

EVOLVE aims to support and broaden the provision of online safety education, so that it is empowering, builds resilience and effects positive culture change. The objectives promote the development of safe and appropriate long term behaviours, and support educators in shaping the culture within their setting and beyond.


School leaders, teachers and other members of the children’s workforce can use this framework for a wide range of purposes, including:

  • Developing a rich, effective and developmental curriculum, which will support young people to be safe, healthy and thriving online
  • Auditing and evaluating existing provision of online safety education
  • Coordinating delivery of online safety education throughout the curriculum
  • Improving engagement across the wider school community on issues related to online safety
  • Developing effective training for staff and governors/board members

Online safety is a whole school issue. EVOLVE aims to support the development of the curriculum and is of particular relevance to PSHE education and Computing. It is designed, however, to be usable across the curriculum and to be central to a whole school approach to safeguarding and online safety.