• Tel: 01274 649731

Primary Technology Ltd

Setting Safe Search as the default home page across your whole school

Creating a Group Policy Object (GPO) to set Safe Search as your Homepage

  1. Open Group Policy Management Console – It is found under Administrative Tools on the server Start Menu
  2. clip_image002

  3. Right click on Group Policy Objects and select New
  4. clip_image004

  5. Name the policy “Users – Set Homepage” – This will be a user policy rather than a computer policy, using a meaningful description will help administration later on.
  6. clip_image006

  7. Right click on the policy and select Edit. The Group Policy Editor will now open.
  8. clip_image008

  9. Browse through the tree structure to display Important URLs in the right hand side of the browser
  10. User Configuration > Windows Settings > Internet Explorer Maintenance > URLs


  11. Right click on Important URLs and select Properties
  12. Enter the following address for the homepage URL into the dialogue box



  13. Click on Ok and close the Group Policy Editor
  14. Within the Group Policy Management Window browse to the Organisational Unit containing your school users
  15. Right click on the Organisation Unit and select Link an existing GPO.
  16. clip_image014

  17. Select your new GPO from the list and click Ok
  18. clip_image016

  19. Your new GPO is now linked and will be applied to the users contained within the Organisational Unit you selected


Please be aware if you have another GPO applied at a higher level, for example in the Default Domain Policy settings may not be applied as anticipated. This can happen if you have two conflicting GPO’s. For example if you have two policies to set the homepage, one using www.bbc.co.uk and another using www.google.co.uk, one of the setting will take precedence.

What is Primary Games Arena? 100’s of Interactive Learning Games for Primary Schools (not web2 – just content)(Kids compete against each other using scoring API (is web2))

Visit the Primary Games Arena website

What is Flame Painter? Thanks to @AngeRichie Making firework pictures?? Flame Painter is Fab and free!

Visit the Flame Painter website

What is Geni? Online family tree maker – have used this with kids to make Henry VIII’s family tree Thanks to @chrisleach78

Visit the Geni website

What is Voicethread? Upload a picture, then talk about, or write a comment, and share – everyone can add to the discussion, you can even draw on the images Thanks to @skambalu

Visit the Voicethread website

What is Tag galaxy? Visual ‘world’ created by image search. Needs flickr to be unblocked to be worthwhile Thanks to @primarypete_

Visit the Tag galaxy website

Want to find a video that you can use in your classroom? Try the Video Search feature available on Safe Search

Want to get at safe video content in your primary school classroom?  Want to be able to search through millions of video clips to find appropriate short, supportive video material?  POW!  2011 is the year for you!

We built Primary School TV using our Safe Search technology and after thousands of hours talking to teachers, coding, designing we are proud to announce that our closed beta tests have gone well and our cluster is ready for you to embark.

Primary School TV currently sources video from BBC Learning Zone, BBC iPlayer, How Stuff Works and Youtube.

Due to unbelievalbly huge demand we are moving Primary School Safe Search to its own domain, this way we can move it from the Primaryt.co.uk website.

The new URL is http://primaryschoolict.com
We believe this URL is more appropriate and it allows us to treat the safe search as a seperate entity.
Don’t worry, you don’t need to do anything if your home page is set to http://www.primaryt.co.uk/google  –  We will be putting a redirect on this page that will redirect to http://PrimarySchoolICT.com
We will be moving the hosting from a 10mb connection to our cluster of bandwidth which we use for School Email service and our other bandwidth intensive services.  This is neccesary as the new Safe Search interface is about 8x more bandwidth intensive.
We will keep an old version of the safe search online.
The move will take place in the last week of May and will be completed before the kids return back after 1/2 term.  
Hope you are all having a lovely holiday!!  Time to go trim my hedge..


  • Primary Technology and Sahara Presentations have been working together for over seven years and the relationship has moved from strength to strength based on mutual trust and respect. It is clear to us that the knowledge and professionalism of the Primary team has kept them... read more


    all testimonials

  • We are very impressed with all aspects of the services received from PT. Their extensive knowledge, enthusiasm and speed in providing and acting upon questions we’ve asked and issues that have arisen have been fantastic. Its nice to know we can get such quality personalised... read more

    Savile Park Primary School

    all testimonials

  • We changed our technical support provider to Primary Technology and have not looked back! The passion and commitment to ICT is great. They help increase staff confidence in ICT, which helps to keep our ICT suite fully booked!

    Woodside Academy

    all testimonials

  • We'd like to say a big thank you to the Primary Technology guys who have been in school during our OFSTED. Primary Technology's level of service and knowledge to date, not to mention their enthusiasm for the job, has left us all kicking ourselves that... read more

    Worth Valley

    all testimonials

  • Primary Technology provides a complete primary school IT support package. They combine extensive up-to-date knowledge about cutting edge IT hardware with an awareness of what could be used to enhance pupil learning.

    Newby Primary School

    all testimonials

  • Since we subscribed to Primary Technology's technical support we have received fantastic help and consultation on a weekly basis, with improvements that allow us to move ICT forward and plan for the future. The services are quality, good value and highly recommended!

    Low Moor C.E. Primary School

    all testimonials

  • Primary Technology have been a fantastic partner supporting our school's ICT needs. They have been reliable whenever they have worked in the school and they strive to give us good value. When we ask for advice and support they always go the extra mile. I... read more

    Heaton Primary School

    all testimonials

  • Once again, the service on the ground and remotely has been fantastic. I really enjoyed working to develop the website and the training delivered to staff was very well received. Our IT technicians have been fantastic in school this year again and I have really... read more

    Menston Primary School

    all testimonials

  • Our IT technician has been incredible and is taking the school from strength to strength with regards to our ICT provision. His insight and knowledge is incredible, we feel privileged to have him working with us. You have such am amazing and talented team of... read more

    Robin Hood Primary School

    all testimonials

  • We originally purchased two interactive screens under the guidance and recommendation of Primary Technology. Within 18 months, we have replaced all our screens within school as the technology is far superior in terms of quality, clarity and usability - They provide an excellent teaching and... read more

    Heaton St Barnabas’ C of E (VA) Primary School

    all testimonials