With the education sector experiencing an ever challenging financial climate, it’s no surprise that Multi-Academy Trusts are finding it difficult to implement and maintain a security solution which both accommodates growth and helps standardise online safety policies.
As the government drives increased collaboration across multiple academy groups, one of the biggest challenges schools face is the joining of IT systems. It’s not uncommon for schools to be at different stages when it comes to technology, with some schools flying the flag and adopting advanced infrastructures and policies, whilst others continue to struggle with the restrictions and un-compliancy of old wireless network systems.
With compliance against UK legislation and guidance such as the Prevent Duty and Department for Education (DfE) Keeping Children Safe in Education remaining high on the Safeguarding agenda, this poses an online safety risk. Governors and Proprietors must now ensure they have the appropriate filtering and monitoring in place to fulfil their duty of care and safeguard students and staff against any online threats and harmful content.