Schools: Internet

Education and Skills written question – answered on 22nd February 2007.

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Photo of Anne Snelgrove Anne Snelgrove PPS (Rt Hon Patricia Hewitt, Secretary of State), Department of Health

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of internet filtering programmes used by schools in the South West.

Photo of Jim Knight Jim Knight Minister of State (Schools and 14-19 Learners), Department for Education and Skills, Minister of State (Education and Skills) (Schools and 14-19 Learners)

The South West Grid for Learning offers a managed internet filtering service to most schools in the South West region, including Swindon. The services offered passed the British Educational Communications and Technology Agency's Accreditation of Internet Services in 2006 in partnership with Research Machines. As part of this accreditation filtering of inappropriate content must be maintained at levels of at least 90 per cent. and processes and performance reviews must be in place for strengthening the service where necessary.

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