While not a Primary School... I am involved with an Adult learning Charity and initiative in South Yorkshire. People down on their luck or just interested in learning (anything from Computing and Technology to crafts and dancing lessons), all of which is free to anyone.
We have 3 large IT suites and we rent the rooms out to the local College for some classes. We also have young classes of primary school then secondary school age ranges.
Because of this we didn't want to mess around with special apps on computers which we would have to keep on top of or that students could find way around. SO we had TalkTalk Business installed. It has something called Worksafe which filters at the network level. We find it perfect for us and have no fears of child safety while online.
While I cannot offer any information other than take a look at TalkTalk Business with their Worksafe which because it works at the network level is transparent accross computers and applies to anything on the connection.
It is fully customiseable at any time. Screenshot 1
and Screenshot 2
. Worksafe explination
So this does custom lists for allow and block. This removes the need for 3rd party apps to be installed on computers. That can crash/break/be bypassed.
Hope you get some good information from people with experience in schools though!
EDIT: TalkTalk Business has the following advantages to the hell of home TalkTalk...
- UK Based support. I've rang them many times... Always answer in a couple of rings. Tech support is 24/7 by phone. Live chat on normal working hours. They don't fob you off and get things sorted.
You won't be ringing India and problems get investigated properly. As an example they sent an engineer out to us within 24 hours just to reset the DLM in the cabinet.
- Priority over residential connections as well as lower contention. But that should be standard for any connection for a school etc..
Edited by Rhole (Sat 28-Jun-14 04:23:54)