Schools ICT has developed a solution to help you stay connected during the school closure period. Microsoft has a tool called Teams which can be used for collating learning resources and directing learners. Teams also include collaboration tools such as chat and video calling which can be switched on in preparation for co-operative learning experiences from remote locations.

Rapid deployment

A full school set-up is a long-term project, but Schools ICT has developed a lighter version that can be quickly deployed to get you up and running. We are calling this Rapid Teams.

If you have a school laptop that normally goes through the Smoothwall you will need to change the proxy settings to be able to work from home. You can do that by following these instructions below. Alternatively, you can download the exeproxy change program here and right click it to run it as administrator (this will extract it to your desktop). Once its on your desktop, you can open the program and click the buttons to switch been home configuration and work configuration

School leaders are always under pressure to make decisions, and they make these with the best interests of their students, staff and community as a priority in each one they make. We take a look at how teaching and learning can continue without the use of traditional school buildings and classroom structures. 

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George Tyson, our school specialist EdTech Adviser, reflects on a decade and a half of Safer Internet Days and this year's theme of #freetobe.


To celebrate Safer Internet Day we’re joining Smoothwall, our digital safety partner, to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.

Smoothwall is offering all schools under North Yorkshire County Council, a 6-month free subscription to their e-safety training in partnership with National Online Safety. 

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