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Capability Review Tool

Develop a strong culture of online safety and digital citizenship across your school or kura

See your progress

We understand your time matters, so we developed this tool for you to view your progress in a visual, easy-to-digest way. This enables you to assess current capability, identify areas for development, and track progress towards school online safety goals.

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Tailored actions and next steps

After completing the self-assessment, you'll be provided with tailored actions and useful resources that can help to inform your next steps and create a longer term plan. Share the report with other members of the team and use it to help plan priorities for your school or kura for the short and long-term.

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Before you get started

To help you get started, we’ve put together some useful information that can help you prepare for conducting a self-assessment.

The self-assessment will guide you through a series of 20 questions across 7 different areas of capability (called 'domains') which cover:

  1. Students
  2. Partnerships
  3. Stewardship
  4. Leadership
  5. Curriculum
  6. Professional Confidence
  7. Inquiry & Review

The self-assessment is based on the Netsafe Educator Framework; reviewing this framework before starting the self-assessment will give you an indication of what is covered, and the type of information you'll need to know or have to hand, to answer the questions accurately.

You will be invited to answer 20 questions that fall under 7 key areas of capability (called 'domains').

  • You have the option to skip questions if you're not sure how to answer, or if you wish to move forward and come back to a question at a later date.
  • When you click on a score within a question, an example will appear under the rating scale, giving you an idea of what that score indicates - to help inform you scoring.
  • You can move about between domains by clicking on the heading menu to jump between sections.

At the end of each domain, you'll be invited to select some action items relating to the questions you've answered.

  • We suggest selecting no more than 2 or 3, to make sure your finished action plan is manageable and achievable, however you may select as many that you feel are relevant.
  • It is not mandatory to select any actions if you don't wish to.

Once you've worked through all 20 questions (either answering or skipping them) you will reach the final results summary page.

  • Your scores will be averaged within each domain and reflected in a visual graph, helping to demonstrate areas of capability versus potential area for future focus.

The summary page also contains the action items you've selected along the way.

  • You have the option to review these again and make changes if you wish.
  • The action items are also linked to relevant Netsafe resources that might be of use. These are displayed for you on the screen, and shared in the PDF download that you can save to your computer.

While you're inputting answers, your data will be saved for 30 days since the date you last interacted with the tool.

Once you have completed the self-assessment and reached the summary report page, your data will then be saved for 7 days since the date you last interacted with it.

We therefore recommend that you download and locally save your report once you have it, so you can refer back to your results and action plan at a later date.

The time it takes to complete the assessment will vary depending on whether you have the information or knowledge to hand to answer the questions, or whether you'll need to dip in and out to answer the questions in phases.

There are 20 questions in total, and would therefore expect the assessment to take a minimum of 1 - 1.5 hours if all the knowledge and input is available at hand.

You will be able to jump in and out of the review tool, for example if you find that you need to connect with another member of staff, or do some further research before answering.

You can leave the survey and return to it at a later date if the form is still a work-in-progress (i.e. it has not been completed) - the data will be saved for 30 days enabling you to pick up where you left off.

Once the form has been completed and you've reached the result summary page, your data will be saved for 7 days and then deleted. We therefore recommend that you download and locally save the report once it is complete.

There are many ways to utilise this assessment tool depending on who is completing it and why.

For example, a teacher may be interested in reviewing their own practice within the student and curriculum domains. There is the option to skip questions and domains if they are not relevant to you, or if you don't have the information to answer the domain accurately.

Alternatively, a Principal or leadership team may want to assess the scope of capability across the 7 domains and run a full review process. Some suggestions and guidance for running a review process are explained in the next section.

The self-assessment tool is most effective when used to review the full scope of capability across the school or kura. To do this, we suggest running a review session that involves the key people who can inform the ratings against the domains.

Checklist for running a review session:

  • Invite key people: A staff member to lead the process and any members of the school (students, Board, whānau, lead team, teachers) who understand how digital citizenship and online safety are being supported in the school/community.
  • Brief your team: Invite the team to read through the Netsafe Educator Framework for background, and as a group discuss why it is important to scan the current situation as a first step to prioritising actions.
  • Share the tool: Your review team will need to be able to understand what the seven Key Areas mean so that they can talk about initiatives that are currently in place, and compare them to the examples provided.

Running a review session should take approx. 1-2 hours depending on the level of debate and discussion.

There are many ways to run a session - here are some suggestions:

  • All together: Work through each Key Area together, discussing what they mean to you, what they look like in your school (based on information you have gathered) and then make a shared judgement against each question.


  • Pair and share: Cut up the tool and assign different sections to different team members for discussion and review. Pairs bring their first judgements to the group and discuss together before reaching a consensus


  • Walk and talk: Display different Key Areas on the wall and walk around in pairs, assigning dots/ticks as they make their judgements – then come together for consensus


  • One to many: Share the tool with your team in a brief first session; discuss the broad areas and how you will make your ‘best fit’ judgements. Complete your judgements individually then come back together for the rich discussion and consensus in a second longer session.

Pro tip: It is not always easy to decide on an exact score for each indicator or to reach a consensus straightaway — and this doesn’t matter. The aim is to discuss strengths and areas for development, based on evidence, and to decide on priorities.

Whether you score a 1 or a 4 or a 9, the discussion about why and what you might do next is the most valuable part of the process.

Share your feedback on the tool with us, so that we can continue developing tools and resources that make a difference.

We are always interested in how we can improve the tool. Email us and tell us

  • how difficult/easy is the tool to use?
  • does the tool help gain a clear and useful 'snapshot' of your current progress?
  • does it help to guide what your 'next steps' might be?
  • what changes/suggestions could you provide to improve the tool?