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Safe, secure internet and communication services for schools: an IT services buyers guide.

As schools increasingly rely on technology to improve educational outcomes and day-to-day efficiency, it’s more important than ever to have a robust and up-to-date IT infrastructure.

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Schools often face a unique set of challenges, and IT services need to recognise these:


Capacity, Performance and Reliability

The IT infrastructure needs to reflect how you want to work in the classroom, how many devices you need to support and any plans to adopt cloud services further.

Pupil Safety

It’s crucial to have the proper internet safeguarding measures in place to protect pupils from cyber threats and online dangers.

Data Security

Schools handle sensitive information about pupils and staff, and it’s essential to have suitable security measures in place to protect this data.

Support for day-to-day operations

A robust and reliable IT infrastructure is essential for a busy school’s smooth and efficient running.

Standards

Meeting regulatory standards such as GDPR and technical standards from the DfE.

Cost-effectiveness

Schools have limited budgets, so getting the best value for money is essential.

These are just some of the challenges that inspired the complete IT services buyer’s guide, available now as a free download.

SAFE, SECURE INTERNET AND COMMUNICATION SERVICES ARE CRITICAL FOR ALL SCHOOLS.

 

Read this guide for advice, tips and ideas to improve your understanding of what makes IT services in schools work.

 
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Your IT, your school, your business


 

This guide has been designed to help school leaders, business managers, and IT managers navigate the process of purchasing IT infrastructure. It covers everything from non-negotiable features to look for to the right questions to ask any service provider.

 

Headteachers

Your priority will be that IT helps improve pupil outcomes, keeps everyone safe and supports parental communications and staff wellbeing.

Business Managers

With a budget and operational responsibility, services must demonstrate value and drive efficiency. You’ll need assurance that your investment will satisfy the needs of the whole school community, meet relevant standards and has predictable costs.

IT Managers

You want to meet technical and regulatory standards as well as the performance and capacity to serve teachers and pupils. Service availability and ease of management and troubleshooting are key. Migration to any new service needs to be planned, low risk and in the event of an issue, you want to ensure you have great support.

What to expect in this guide


Sometimes it’s not just about finding all the answers; it’s also about knowing the right questions to ask. That’s why our buyers’ guide includes the following:

What to discuss with IT service providers

Short and long-term considerations regarding IT investment decisions

Guidance on choosing school broadband

Advice on choosing internet safeguarding and security services

Telephony for education

Wired and wireless network guidance

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‘SAFE, SECURE INTERNET AND COMMUNICATION SERVICES FOR SCHOOLS: A BUYER’S GUIDE’
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