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Getting Connected

Schools ICT offers a range of options to help ensure the right and safest broadband option for your school.

We have partnered with NYnet and all our broadband services are delivered through the NYCC Wide Area Network (WAN)

So to start with getting connected depends on
  • where am I?
  • what do I need it to do?
  • can I work confidently and safely?
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To help you understand ther terminology and more about how broadband works here is our simple guide to what you need to know and consider.

pdfSimple Guide to Choosing Broadband

pdfInternet in Schools - The Government Perspective

Schools ICT will help you pick the right product call us on 01609 536068.



The current framework ends March 2019.  Please not any new contracts will be on a Quote Basis. 

To find out which product your schools is currently able to receive please log into North Yorkshire Education Services (NYES) and visit the Broadband pages. 

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Down (Mbs)

Up (Mbs)

Underlying Technology

Direct 300 and above




Direct 200-F




Direct 100-F




Direct 10



EFM or Fibre

Schools ISP



NGA (Next Generation Access)




aDSL (Max) bonded with Xrio equipment (Copper through phone)

ADSL or Equivalent



aDSL (Max) (Copper through phone)

 1 Small school subsidy is eligible to primary schools with less than 150 FTE pupils.





Smoothwall's Universal Threat Management (UTM) system is a layer of protection between your school and the world wide web. 

A box is fitted in your comms cabinet and the internet feed connected straight into the box.

The Smoothwall box includes a firewall, web content filtering and Anti-Malware in a single integrated package.

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The lightning-fast real-time web filtering software blocks access to unwelcome sites and it allows you to set preferences and only allows content through that you want your students to see, based on categories of your choice. The Schools ICT help desk will work with you to set up and manage your preferences and you have unlimited Schools ICT Help Desk support and troubleshooting.

Schools that purchase their internet through Schools ICT will have a Smoothwall box installed as part of their broadband package.

Schools not connected through Schools ICT can still benefit from Smoothwall protection and can purchase a UTM box and Schools ICT help desk support.

We have options for primary and secondary.

To download the full factsheet click on the image below.  

UTM Features


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To find out how Smoothwall can keep children and teachers safe have a look at the following document - click on the image below.

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A safe way to send emails

From time to time schools are required to pass on personal pupil information via email to external agencies, other schools, parents, governors etc. The Schools ICT Secure Email Service is a way of sending emails by encrypting them so the information and any attachments are secure.

Our partner of choice is Egress Software Technologies - the leading provider of hosted and on premise encryption service.

The Egress Switch product is designed to secure all forms of electronic information and deliver to customers in the Public and Private Sectors the Switch platform.

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Egress Switch is fully integrated with Outlook part of the Microsoft Office 365 family.  

Encryption is simply initated with a number of prompt words in the title of the email. Including the word "[Secure]" means that inside NYCC the email will automatically decode and open, using the word “[Restricted]” the receiver would receve and email notification and be prompted to log into the Egress Switch portal to download the email. 

To read more about Egress Switch have a look at the following factsheet.  Just click on the image to open. 


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Sophos Endpoint Protection

Sophos Endpoint Protection makes it simple to secure your computer systems against malware and advanced threats, such as targeted attacks.

Sophos Endpoint Protection integrates innovative technology like malicious traffic detection with real-time threat intelligence from SophosLabs to help you prevent, detect and remediate threats with ease.

The licence is paid up front and covers your school for three years. There is a small maintenance charge to pay in year two and year three.

The site licence will include all devices within your School and includes some enhanced features, plus the ability for anyone connected to the School to put Sophos on their home PC’s.

To download the full fact sheet click on the image below.  

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Outlook in Office 365 is where you go to work on your e-mail and calendar. If there is one part of Office 365 that you are most likely already using, it will be Outlook to send and receive e-mail. However, just because you are using it on a daily basis, that doesn't mean it is worth taking a few minutes to take a fresh look at it, and maybe discover some new features that you didn't know about. Who knows what you might discover?

  • Automatically filter out low priority e-mails using the Focused Inbox feature. As move e-mails you rarely read into the "Other" folder, and out of your "Focused" inbox, the system will learn and start to do this automatically for you.
  • No excuses for missing emails. Use @Mentions to get noticed. @mention someone in an e-mail and they will automatically be added to the list of recipients. The person receiving the e-mail will see the @ symbol in their inbox.
  • Access e-mail and calendars via web browser, desktop or mobile apps. So you can stay in touch wherever you are and across all devices.
  • Share your calendar so others can see when you are available. Even setup a shared school calendar, or allow someone to manage your calendar on your behalf.