How to write your school's AI policy (with examples)

Schools are currently scrambling to get an Artificial Intelligence (AI) policy for their staff and students. The reason? AI has quickly gone from being a buzzword to a reality that's intricately woven into our daily lives and impossible to escape in educational settings.

One of the first steps to make this transition successful is to implement a school-wide AI policy – but how do we draft one that gets both you and your students ready for an AI world while ensuring everyone's safety, privacy and well-being?

Read on to learn more about:

  • How to write your school AI policy
  • How some real schools have written their AI policies (with downloadable PDFs)
  • How AI can be used in schools

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How to write your school AI policy (with real-life examples)

We're all learners in this journey, figuring it out as we go along. But thankfully, schools don’t need to do it alone.

Some of the schools we work with through our student and staff training have already implemented their own AI policies, which can offer some welcome inspiration to start drafting your own. Three of them were kind enough to let us share these policies with you.

Traffic light school AI policy exampleOne of these schools uses a traffic light system for their student AI policy, supported by additional comments to help add some context and examples. Download the AI policy example from school 1 here.

The other two schools who shared their policy with us use them for both staff and students, and interestingly, cover a range of areas where AI could be used as well as potential misapplications. We think they’re well worth the read:

Further help to develop your school’s AI policy

If you’re looking for further reading to help you develop your AI policy, a number of schools that we have worked with have recommended The AI Classroom: The Ultimate Guide to Artificial Intelligence in Education by Daniel Fitzpatrick, Amanda Fox and Brad Weinstein. In it, the authors suggest that, to help produce your first AI policy, considering the following steps can help:

  1. Start by cultivating confidence
  2. Address the limitation
  3. Make it clear how AI can be used in education
  4. Cover the impact of learning and skills development
  5. Cover expectations for students using AI
  6. Cover benefits for teachers
  7. Link the approach to existing strategies
  8. Cover legal and privacy guidelines
  9. Suggest what may develop looking forward

How can AI be used in schools?

In this rapidly evolving world of AI, no one can truly claim to be an expert just yet. Even so, some schools are venturing into the unknown, exploring potential applications and implications. Our review of the 2022 PISA results highlights these uses.

Teachers can use AI to personalise instruction, analyse student data for insights and automate administrative tasks like grading, thereby freeing up time for focused teaching. For students, AI opens doors to customised learning resources and adaptive assessments tailored to their unique needs. If you want to find out more about the ways students can use AI within the classroom, have a read of our blog 7 approaches to using AI in the classroom (with prompts).

But flexibility is key here – as the landscape of AI changes, so our approach must adapt. The Department for Education has recently released a policy statement setting out their position regarding the use of tools like ChatGPT or Google Bard, providing much-needed guidance for schools and colleges. However, these policies are subject to change.

Final thoughts

It is still early days for AI in education. The schools that we have seen doing this the best are the first to say they don’t know everything and are open to revising their policy.

We are all stumbling around in the dark to an extent with AI, but starting with an AI policy and using any of the above material needs may provide some light.

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