Stockport Schools E Learning Network

September 15th 2021

Headteacher,

We have now migrated some schools over to the new web filtering product – Smoothwall.

We have tested the service and have matched the school filtering policies as closely as we can to your current Lightspeed web filtering policies.

During September and October 2021, starting from 14th September 2021, we are going to be migrating all schools over to Smoothwall.

We are putting together a schedule of dates for the migration of schools, we will inform you the week before your school migration is due to confirm the exact date and time that has been scheduled for your school.


Sarah Mann

CSS Manager – IT Traded Services

Monday 28th June 2021,


Headteacher,

As part of the Internet and email SLA that you buy into we provide web filtering for your school, we currently use a product called Lightspeed to filter the internet for staff and pupils. We have used this product for several years and we are now in the process of migrating to our new solution called Smoothwall.

Smoothwall provides the same functionality as you have now but with added granularity of filtering, particularly with You Tube where schools have been wanting greater access but at the same time still being able to ensure that only appropriate content is available to children.

Starting in July 2021 we will be commencing the migration of schools over to the Smoothwall product, your school will be contacted to inform you when your school will be changed over.

We have gone through a rigorous testing process to ensure that the product meets all our requirements and that the migrations will be as smooth as possible.

“Smoothwall is a dedicated safeguarding technology provider in UK education. They have recently acquired eSafe Global, the safeguarding service that many of our schools use to monitor behaviour on school ICT equipment.”

If you have any queries surrounding this change please get in touch.

Many Thanks

Sarah

Sarah Mann

CSS Manager – IT Traded Services

The Stockport Schools ICT Support Service provide schools with a one stop shop for a complete range of ICT services, including:

Our Traded Services to Schools include:

  • AVA Support - ICT Hardware and Software Support

  • SIMS Support - Supporting SIMS in Schools

  • Schools ICT Support - Internet, Email and WAN

  • Secure Internet Connectivity

  • Web Filtering

  • Consultancy and Advice on all ICT requirements within school.

Our Service is committed to providing a cost effective service whilst maintaining an efficient, sustainable and high quality ICT service to all our schools.