AdEPT Tech.Group PLC - Transitioning Education to Home Working
("AdEPT" or the "Company")
Transitioning Education to Home Working - A Recent Success Story
AdEPT Technology helping over 200,000 teachers and 900,000 pupils nationwide access online services to enable remote learning during this Coronavirus pandemic.
Relevance for investors
The balance between public & private sector clients has always been an important factor for AdEPT, with our turnover being roughly 45% public sector - across the
This balance allows AdEPT access to multiple types of client and creates a resilience as one sector waxes, whilst the other wanes. This resilience has never been more important than at this time extreme time for the
AdEPT mobilising the massed ranks of the education sector
Amazing things rarely happen in a comfort zone. Following
The world changed overnight.
As a result, in
"The challenge, facing 0ver 4,000 schools served by AdEPT, placed everyone involved well outside of their comfort zone. Call volumes doubled, solution developments were accelerated, thousands needed to be informed, hundreds of thousands needed to be supported".
AdEPT and partners deliver in a time of crisis
The education sector is ever changing - it's a world that has seen a dramatic rise in the number of federated schools and multi-academy trusts over the last decade - a change that has brought about the demand for infrastructure that supports remote working.
Staff in these MAT's and federated schools need more flexible, yet still secure, access to their network and the critical data held on systems, wherever they are working from.
Remote working tools have long been part of the AdEPT Education portfolio.
The Coronavirus Challenge
Logging in remotely takes more than just remembering your username and password. Remote working demands; a suitable and performant connection, appropriate hardware and the correct security configuration. And all of this needs to be scaled properly due to demand.
AdEPT provides services to over 4,000 schools, with over 3,000 served in partnership with London Grid for Learning (LGfL). All of these faced the instantaneous challenge (alongside millions of businesses), to rapidly work from home - whilst serving pupils in an unprecedented change to the norm.
Security is critical in any setting but is even more sensitive in the education landscape. Security tools and practices must ensure the appropriate safeguarding measures and best practices are in place to protect some of society's most vulnerable from Internet-based threats.
Be it; ransomware-attack, inappropriate content, cyber-bullying, grooming or radicalisation.
Schools rely on their technology partners for their expertise. Any home connection needs to be just as secure as a school one.
For the LGfL community the key technology underpinning this mobilisation, and allowing remote working, is a solution called 'Freedom2Roam'.
This is a Remote Access Service (RAS) that allows staff to access their school's network when not on-site, i.e. from home, or indeed another school within the multi-academy trust.
Freedom2Roam includes all the required security safeguards, and allows for a secure, stable and cost-effective remote connection to a school's network, wherever the user has Internet access.
Since lockdown, AdEPT have seen and managed a 1,047% increase in the number of users in schools using Freedom2Roam to fulfil their duties from home.
LGfL and AdEPT
AdEPT has a long running successful partnership with LGfL. As part of this AdEPT runs a manged service that is;
a) Supporting one of the biggest single cloud deployments of Office 365, with over 1,000,000 end users (pupils and teachers)
b) Providing a technology helpdesk for over 3,000 schools with over 200,000 teachers.
c) Working with
d) Keeping schools digitally safe by upgrading the LGfL core network and rolling out new edge firewalls to over 3,000 schools. This is part of a security framework providing up to 12 layers of security.
e) Deploying WebScreen (v3.0) - a software solution that filters over 1 billion web access requests per day.
f) Providing MailProtect, an email filtering platform that filters over 2 million emails per day for spam and malicious content.
g) Running USO, an authentication and identity managed platform that allows appropriate access to digital teaching, learning and safeguarding resources
h) Delivering eAdmissions, where AdEPT, working in partnership with LGfL, provide an eAdmissions portal - this solution facilitates the placement of over 200,000 children annually with their chosen school.
This shared service is a real success story with the latest round of secondary school admissions on
i) Our graphics team, in partnership with LGfL have produced content that is now part of official government guidance for "Children and online safety away from school and college" The article is;
and the content can be found here;
How have these substantial changes been delivered?
The change programme has required strong collaboration between several critical partners;
ü London Grid for Learning
We've been delighted with the feedback, during this testing time.
"Colleagues, this week has been exceptionally demanding but the response from you has been magnificent and exemplary. Indeed, I've been humbled to be part of an amazing response from the tech sector. You should all be very proud of your organisation and what the staff and teams have delivered in recent days.
This crisis will be challenging for some time to come. However, with such great partners, delivering digital innovation at this scale and pace there is reason to be inspired and feel confident about the long term.
Most important of all, your awesome response, means that children, teachers, schools and parents will benefit immensely from your commitment and innovation.
Well done and thanks for the amazing support you've given LGfL."
"The release of Freedom2Roam has probably been the biggest single godsend. Since its release, we spent the time getting bookmarks created for all of our schools - it's massively cut down on calls from people struggling to get onto RD gateway (the Remote Desktop gateway) from Macs and Chromebooks etc!"
Other news from AdEPT
ü Managing an increase of 100% in support calls
ü Shipping of hundreds of new laptops
ü Setting up hundreds of new Virtual Private Network (VPN) connections
ü Managing a 70% increase in customer demand for bandwidth and licensing
Notes for journalists and editors-
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