School ICT News Bulletin No. 199 - 03/02/2012 13:01:00

Published by ICT Shared Services


SIMS Support

You may have received a letter from a company offering SIMS installation and support.

 

Unfortunately the company were not aware that:

  • the Norfolk SIMS project rollout was complete
  • we have contracted with Capita following an EU procurement.
  • we have a hosted solution direct with Capita
  • and our contract model with schools covers licensing and support.

They have agreed not to pursue the letter any further.

Author: Lynn Parvin

ICT Services for Schools Contracts for 2012-13

The ICT Services for Schools contracts are now available as part of the published Services to Schools Brochure 2012-13 .

Our information appears in a number of sections aimed at specific interests:

 

Section 1: Management & Governance -             Schools Management Information System - Capita SIMS

 

Section 2: Teaching & Learning -                          Norfolk Education Network (Broadband)

Google Virtual learning environment

 

Section 3: Infrastructure, premises and facilities -   ICT Support contracts

 

Section 5: Signposting -                                         ICT Refresh Programme

Managed back up service

e-safety monitoring software - in partnership with Securus

Web Services

Community internet provision (safe access from outside school)

Asset manager and inventories

Espresso Education

                                                                                   

Our website is now being updated and the full information should be available by 10th February.  In the meantime if you require any further information please email ict@norfolk.gov.uk

Author: Lynn Parvin

SIMS Support Workshops

Capita, ICT Shared Services and John Crowley are arranging some half day support workshops for March with the main focus being on Assessment.  We will be doing 4 sessions aimed at Headteachers, 8 aimed at Admin staff and assessment co-ordinators and one for Secondary schools.  These are part of your MIS support contract and are free of charge to you.

 

The current dates we have planned are:

 

Senior Leaders

 

  • Ofsted and Assessment – Outcomes and benefits
  • Spring Release & SIMS roadmap
  • Discover
  • Q&A’s

Date

Time

Venue

1st March

9.30 – 12.00

Tba (Norwich)

1st March

13.30 – 16.00

Tba (Norwich)

6th March

9.30 – 12.00

West Norfolk PDC

6th March

13.30 – 16.00

West Norfolk PDC

 

 

Primary Admin / Assessment Co-ordinators

 

  • Assessment – How to on system
  • Spring Release & SIMS roadmap
  • Discover
  • 121 support sessions

Date

Time

Venue

8th March

9.30 – 12.00

Norwich PDC

8th March

13.30 – 16.00

Norwich PDC

13th March

9.30 – 12.00

Broom Hall, Watton

13th March

13.30 – 16.00

Broom Hall, Watton

14th March

9.30 – 12.00

West Norfolk PDC

14th March

13.30 – 16.00

West Norfolk PDC

22nd March

9.30 – 12.00

Gt Yarmouth Race Course

22nd March

13.30 – 16.00

Gt Yarmouth Race Course

 

 

Secondary Business Managers / Admin / Assessment Co-ordinators

 

  • Assessment – How to on system
  • Spring Release & SIMS roadmap
  • Discover
  • 121 support sessions

Date

Time

Venue

21st March

9.30 – 12.00

Tba (Norwich)

 

If you would like to book a space please email schoolapps@norfolk.gov.uk.

Author: Tanya Allen

Broadband Speeds

We have been advised by some secondary schools that they have been experiencing slow broadband speeds.

This has been raised as a priority one incident with BT and they are continuing their investigations.  BT visited Cliff Park High school on 1st February 2012 where they witnessed slow speeds.  We have subsequently spoken to other secondary schools who have confirmed that they also saw a reduction in speed from 14:15 to 14:35 on 1st February.

Whilst we currently have no answer as to why this occurred, BT are investigating further so that this can be resolved as soon as possible.

If you keep records of when you see reduced performance of your broadband connection and in particular if you experienced a reduction of speed between 14:15 to 14:35 on 1st February we would like to hear from you with any specific details of what happened at this time .  Please email ict@norfolk.gov.uk

Author: Rob Price

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