Dear Intack Primary School, Blackburn,

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. How much does the web filtering system cost the school and over how long a period? (e.g. £xxxx over a 3 year contract, etc. Please explicitly state whether the quoted amount is the annual cost or the total over the period.)

5. Do the costs quoted in question 4, above, 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.)

6. If your filtering system is hosted on the school's premises, do the costs quoted in question 4, above, 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.")

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

8. How many students does the school have?

9. How many staff does the school have?

10. 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

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Jacqui Spence, Intack Primary School, Blackburn

Dear Sirs,

 

Thank you for your request for information regarding web filtering. Your
request was received on the 22/09/2017 and I am dealing with it under the
terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

In some circumstances a fee may be payable and if that is the case, I will
let you know. A fees notice will be issued to you, and you will be
required to pay before we will proceed to deal with your request.

 

If you have any queries about this request, please contact the
school.                                

 

Kind Regards,

 

Mrs. Spence

 

Office Manager

Intack Primary School

01254 52815

 

Jacqui Spence, Intack Primary School, Blackburn

Dear Sirs,

 

Thank you for your request for information regarding web filtering; please
see our response below. If you have any queries regarding your request for
information then please don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

1.            Which web filtering product does the school use? Lightspeed
web filtering

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

2.            Does your web filtering system run on a server on the
school's premises, or is it hosted off-site? Council premises

4.            How much does the web filtering system cost the school and
over how long a period? The Costs for the Web Filtering solution form part
of a wider contract with primary and nursery schools in the borough
providing Internet, WAN, filtering, switches, AV, MDM and technical
resource. Costs for the Licences for just the filtering element for these
schools is below, the Council does not record the staff time / costs spent
on managing this element of the contract.

£231.71 per annum

5.            Do the costs quoted in question 4, above, include anything
besides web filtering? No

6.            If your filtering system is hosted on the school's premises,
do the costs quoted in question 4, above, include the hardware that the
filtering software runs on? No

7.            What speed of internet connection does the school have? 40
Mbps

8.            How many students does the school have?  359

9.            How many staff does the school have? 46 employed by the
school but additional staff such as cleaners, caretakers and catering
staff are provided by private companies.

10.          What year did your current filtering contract begin? The
current contract for filtering licences began in 2016 and is for a 3 year
period.

 

If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your
request and wish to make a complaint or request a review of our decision,
you should contact: [1][Intack Primary School, Blackburn request email].

                                                 

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint, you may apply
directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the
ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints
procedure provided by the Council. The Information Commissioner can be
contacted at: [2][email address].          

 

Kind Regards,

 

Jacqui

 

Office Manager

Intack Primary School

01254 52815

 

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