Free webinar to help DSLs at Multi-Academy Trusts spot students at risk online

Digital safeguarding leads (DSLs), Teachers and IT managers from Multi-academy Trusts (MATs) across the UK are invited to register for a free webinar designed to help spot potential online threats that could be impacting their students, while understanding the benefits digital monitoring solutions offer for their school or college.


Taking place on March 11th at 10am, the webinar will be led by Rob Faulkner, Digital Monitoring Expert, at leading digital safeguarding technology provider, Smoothwall, who will be joined by Mark Osborne, Director of IT & Infrastructure at Northern Education Trust.


During the webinar, Mark will discuss exactly how his MAT is using Smoothwall’s digital monitoring tool, and the impact it has had across the board. Including, improved Ofsted ratings and an increase in seriously at-risk students being detected, all of which occurred in just 12-months of the MAT using the monitoring solution.


Throughout the session, DSLs, Teachers and IT Managers will gain insight into:

  • What digital monitoring is and how it works
  • How digital monitoring can help identify risks, including child-on-child abuse – a key and current focus of KCSIE
  • Understanding the difference between high-risk incidents and lower-risk, including how and when to action where relevant
  • How Northern Education Trust achieved the impact they did (including winning the Impact Award at BETT 2020)


The session has been launched to highlight how MATs like the Northern Education Trust, can work as a single entity to identify potential risks to students online, making the invisible, visible. An issue that is more important than ever, with the increase of schools and colleges using online devices, since the pandemic.


Gavin Logan, Smoothwall’s Executive Vice President said: “We’re thrilled to have Mark join us for what will be a really useful session for DSLs, Teachers and IT Managers at Multi-academy Trusts.


“Here at Smoothwall, we’re passionate about helping MATs across the UK protect their students against potential online threats, whether that be cyber-bullying, grooming or viewing harmful content, and we’re so pleased to see how much our digital monitoring solution has helped the Northern Education Trust. We hope this webinar will help us do that for many other MATs in the UK.”


To sign up for the webinar taking place on 11th March, please visit: