Students at a school in Accrington, Lancashire are benefiting from a new software solution which allows the school to extend its strict internet filters beyond the classroom, so they can be fully protected at home, or studying remotely.
Whether they are using a smartphone, tablet, laptop or home PC, Hollins secondary school students and their parents can be reassured that they are protected against exposure to inappropriate content, cyber attacks and malware threats.
The Hollins is the first school in the UK to install the networking software, designed by iQuila.
“We have a duty of care to protect our students and part of this is embracing technology that provides them with school-filtered internet access at home,” said Steve Campbell, former headteacher at The Hollins and now CEO designated by the LET Education Trust.
“The internet is a major safeguarding issue, but by using iQuila we can fully encrypt any device that connects with our network through a simple software download. As well as protecting students, this will provide a high degree of reassurance to parents too. ”
iQuila makes school software freely available to students at home. The school has organized this to reduce the financial burden on households and give all students the opportunity to learn remotely rather than being forced to complete work on the school site.
“The first set of students to start using iQuila at home have been our GCSE classes,” added Mr Campbell.
“It has been a difficult year for them, and they are already seeing the benefits of safer, more secure internet access and the easy use of crucial software wherever they happen to be studying.”
All four schools within the LET Education Trust can participate in the scheme.
Javed Younis, a parent of a year 11 pupil at The Hollins, said: “I have had concerns about my son and other children browsing online or being involved in group threads, and the iQuila software has given me much greater peace of mind.
“Previously, my son asked me to help him remove pop-up boxes when he was watching online gaming videos, and they were clearly inappropriate. No parent wants their child to be exposed to this. ”
David Sweet, CEO of iQuila, said: “Being able to extend the safety blanket of school-filtered internet to students at home is something we’ve been passionate about for a long time.
“We recognized the potential our technology had for changing the face of learning at home many years ago and it’s been a pleasure working with a forward-thinking, progressive school like The Hollins to make it a reality for thousands of students.
“We know the difference it is already making to so many young people and teaching staff, and we look forward to rolling it out to many more schools in 2022.”
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