Online safety costs

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Dear Diocese of Chelmsford Vine Schools Trust,

I am researching the costs associated with safeguarding students in line with the Department for Education's "Keeping Children Safe In Education" guidance and the Home Office's "Prevent" legislation. I hope that you will be able to help by providing the following information:

1. Which web filtering product does the school use? (e.g. Smoothwall Secure Web Gateway, Smoothwall UTM, RM Safetynet, Lightspeed Web Filter, etc.)

2. Is your web filtering system purchased directly by the school or provided by the LEA?

3. Does your web filtering system run on a server on the school's premises, or is it hosted off-site? (In the cloud, at the LEA's data centre, etc.)

4. What is the total duration of your web filtering contract? (e.g. 1 year, 3 years, etc.)

5. What is the total amount paid by the school for the web filtering system over your whole contract period? (i.e. If you had answered question 4 as "3 years" and pay £1000 per year, the answer to this question would be £3000.)

6. Do the costs quoted in question 5, include anything besides web filtering? (e.g. that cost may also include the internet connection itself, or other services, in addition to the actual filtering product.)

7. If your filtering system is hosted on the school's premises, do the costs quoted in question 5 include the hardware that the filtering software runs on? (When an existing filtering contract is renewed, schools can often choose not to replace the existing hardware. In that case, the answer would be "no.")

8. What speed of internet connection does the school have?

9. How many students does the school have?

10. How many staff does the school have?

11. What year did your current filtering contract begin? (this helps me evaluate how the costs have changed over time for long contracts).

Thank you very much for your time.

Yours faithfully,

Electra Morrell

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Dear Diocese of Chelmsford Vine Schools Trust,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Diocese of Chelmsford Vine Schools Trust's handling of my FOI request 'Online safety costs'.

The law requires you to respond to requests made under the Freedom of Information Act promptly and within 20 working days at the very latest. Please can you investigate why you have ignored your legal obligations and also respond to my original request for information as soon as possible.

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Yours faithfully,


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Dear Electra,


Please accept my apologies for the delay in responding to your Freedom of
Information Request, this was unfortunately the result of an internal
system error, I have now however annotated your original email with the
information requested below.


We have reviewed our procedures following the delay in responding to you,
as a result a dedicated mailbox [1][Diocese of Chelmsford Vine Schools Trust request email] is being
introduced for future requests and this will be published across the Trust
shortly.  We will monitor the new mailbox centrally, on a daily basis, and
update our internal policy documentation to reflect changes being made as
a result of our review.


I trust this is satisfactory.  Naturally, if you require any additional
information about this matter please do not hesitate to contact me, should
you have any future FOI requests the new mailbox will be available by the
end of this week but in the meantime please feel free to contact me
directly if necessary.  


With kind regards




Brendon Ince

Chief Operating Officer

Vine Schools Trust


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