AdEPT Technology Group PLC (LON:ADT) said the upgrade of WebScreen, its flagship Education security and safeguarding tools has been positively received with feedback from users in schools being extremely positive.
In a statement, the company - which is one of the UK's leading independent providers of managed services for IT, unified communications, connectivity and voice solutions – pointed out that after a positive reaction to the changes at the education in technology show, BETT, a decision was made to upgrade the entire WebScreen estate during Easter of 2019.
WebScreen is a web filtering system designed for the education sector and used by more than 2 million users in around 3,000 schools across the UK, filtering over 1 billion web requests a day.
The group said that over a four-day - and night - period its WebScreen team successfully migrated over 3,000 schools without any loss in filtering.
Abid Patel, IT director at the Leading Learning Trust, commented: "The upgrade to WebScreen has been brilliant. Functionality that existed before the upgrade has been improved and new features have been added, which culminates in making the vital task of keeping children safe online that much easier."
WebScreen is one of the largest web filtering solutions in Europe and is the primary web filtering solution delivered as part of a London Grid for Learning (LGfL) connection, an organisation servicing 97% of London schools.
Both LGfL and AdEPT have submitted a self-certification to the UK Safer Internet Centre. Schools in England centre their safeguarding efforts on the Department for Education (DfE) statutory advice document 'Keeping Children Safe in Education' (KCSIE).
KCSIE makes clear that schools must have 'appropriate filtering', and the DfE recommends the UK Safer Internet Centre's definitions to help gauge what is appropriate. This technology safeguards children, preventing them accessing inappropriate web content.
The AdEPT development team have been working on enhancements to WebScreen for the last twelve months based on user feedback and the company’s own design thinking.
In the latest version, schools have:
- More control - over their own filtering policies.
- Greater autonomy - moving away from Local Authority oversight to better reflect the changes in the education sector.
- Enhanced functionality - that makes administrating filtering at Multi-academy trusts simpler and more effective.
- Bespoke capability - with features to allow staff & students to gain a unique filtering policy as soon as they log into their computer.
- Greater reporting functionality - that is easy to run with a simple 'four step wizard'.