When you set up your Chromebooks, you were given the option to activate content filtering from Cisco Umbrella.

This was a temporary solution to safeguard children and young people using the devices, and was due to expire on 30 September 2021. To ensure devices remain safe for children and young people to use, we’ve extended content filtering licences until 30 September 2022. To keep users safe online, you should apply alternative security settings as soon as possible.

You can get your own Cisco Umbrella licences to replace the licences due to expire on 30 September 2022, or you can enable alternative security settings on these devices at any time.

Guidance on how to remove DfE-provided Cisco Umbrella from your Chromebooks is available here:


Government-funded support for digital education platforms

Government-funded support is still available for schools and colleges to get setup on either Google Workspace for Education Fundamentals or Microsoft 365 Education.

Digital education platforms are changing how teachers and pupils work. For example, teachers have found that it saves time to conduct staff meetings and parents evenings online, and pupils have found it beneficial to continue learning at home.

You can find out more about the Digital Platforms programme via the link below:


EdTech Demonstrator Programme: support for developing digital strategies

Schools and colleges can access free peer-to-peer support to develop a digital strategy that helps meet their strategic objectives via the EdTech Demonstrator Programme.

The programme connects staff and school leaders with other schools and colleges who use technology effectively. Those schools and colleges then offer support for using technology to help students catch up and reduce staff workload.

The EdTech Demonstrator Programme has also recently shared the National Webinar Series schedule for September and October. The webinars will cover various topics from digital wellbeing for pupils to the power of technology to reduce workload.

For more information about the programme, please access the link below:


To sign up to the webinars, please register via the link below: