Real-time web filter for education

Smoothwall is the safest, most purchased filter in UK Education. It is the ONLY filter to deliver against the 4 factors needed for maximum safety and rich, age-appropriate online learning.

  1. Real-time, ALL of the time
    While other filters are real-time some of the time, Smoothwall is real-time, ALL of the time. That means there is never any delay between dangerous content going live and our Filter’s ability to block it. Not one second. Not one piece of content. Not ever.
  2. True content analysis
    We don’t rely on blocklists alone. ALL content is textually analysed as it streams to the user so over blocking is eliminated. Students enjoy the richest and safest online learning.
  3. Granular control
    Granular controls mean our IT customers can easily choose who sees what, where and when, to give students maximum protection AND age and location appropriate online experiences.
  4. Hybrid deployment
    With our hybrid deployment, our customers benefit from all of the above safety features regardless of whether their devices are in school or remote. No need to send devices home unfiltered. No need for separate on-premise and Cloud solutions. No safety compromises common to many cloud-only solutions. Smoothwall Filter does it all.


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Web and content filtering for schools, colleges and MATs

The challenge for any educational organisation is to keep students safe, without compromising their ability to access a rich and dynamic online learning experience. With Smoothwall Filter you can protect students with real-time filtering that blocks harmful content without restricting their freedom to explore and learn.

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Real-time dynamic content analysis

Our intelligent web filter categorises new and existing web content appropriately in real-time by analysing the content, context and construction of each page.

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The built-in safeguarding reporting suite notifies you of any safeguarding risk against 7 category rule sets including radicalisation, suicide and self-harm.

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Social media controls

Go beyond just web filtering, with flexible tools that allow read-only access and the ability to remove inappropriate content across social media sites.

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Solve the challenge of pupils using their own devices. Offer public Wi-Fi filtering, and filter guest mobile devices securely on your network across all platforms.

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Multi-OS support

Our web filtering solution is available on Chrome OS, Windows, macOS, and iOS devices.

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HTTPS filtering

Detect harmful or malicious content, and filter Secure Socket Layer (SSL) web traffic, including secure anonymous proxies.

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Who, what, where, when

Build tailored policies based on user group, content category, time, location IP, subnet and hostname for mobile devices and laptops.

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Easy management

Intelligently manage and allocate bandwidth to minimise the impact of media and file sharing, without the need to fully block services.

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Granular reports

Generate reports to view the activity of individuals and groups and enable automatic reports.

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What our customers say

See how Frederick Gough School have improved learning and safety with
web filtering from Smoothwall in this short video:

See how Boundary Oak School have used Smoothwall’s web filtering to report on key search trends & incorporate digital safety into their teaching curriculum:

Want to learn more about web filtering for schools?

Learn why web filtering and intelligent content filtering is a must-have for any educational organisation in our free resources.

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Web filtering in education
Are you having the cloud, on-premise or hybrid debate?

Download our free whitepaper to explore the differences and advantages of on-premise and cloud-based web filtering, and to help you choose the right deployment strategy for your school.


Web filtering in the post-pandemic age

Web filtering in the post-pandemic age

In this paper, we explore key learnings over the past year and offer a practical road map to help ITs future proof their web filtering provision.

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