Keeping on top of your school’s technology budget and reviewing whether it is getting the best value for money, can be a full-time job. That’s why Concero offers schools a free, tailor-made ICT development plan. This helps identify areas where a school can save money, report on the health of the school’s ICT and help set out its curriculum and infrastructure goals for the future.
The development plan also provides guidance on ensuring ICT systems and policies comply with safeguarding and data protection guidelines and suggests how the ICT curriculum can be developed. Most importantly, it considers at how technology can best be used to support teaching and learning. And it doesn’t cost a penny.
When the senior leadership team at St Michael’s C of E Aided Primary School, Tettenhall, took Concero up on its offer to create a free ICT development plan for the school, they were surprised by what they found out.
ICT support that pays for itself
The Concero team started by completing an ICT audit at St Michael’s and discovered that the school was paying a hefty annual subscription for cloud-based data storage that it could get free of charge through SharePoint in Office 365. Concero managed the migration of the school’s data to SharePoint and also reconfigured its email accounts to run on Office 365. The project was completed out of school hours in the evenings and at weekends to minimise disruption to St Michael’s day-to-day activities.
In addition, Concero was able to advise on a faster, more reliable and more cost-effective broadband service.
These simple savings have freed up enough of the school’s ICT budget that it is able to enjoy ongoing ICT support from Concero, via its ‘Scheduled + On-Demand’ service, which helps take the headache out of technology management. ‘The support from Concero has been invaluable,’ notes St Michael’s Head teacher, Kathryn Jackson. ‘As Head teachers we have a great deal to manage. Getting support from ICT specialists who appreciate the challenges unique to schools, means we have been able to put in place a bespoke development plan, which takes into account the school’s needs and aims over the next three years.’
A holistic view of ICT support
The team at Concero also recommended that the school upgraded its computer systems to Windows 10 – which features data encryption as standard – to provide an additional layer of data security. This has helped the school ready itself for compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into force in May 2018.
‘What we do at Concero is about so much more than providing ICT support and supplying kit,’ explains Concero founder Bradley Clegg. ‘We think of ourselves as another department within your school. Schools need a holistic approach from their ICT services partner and this is what we deliver.’
‘They are great to work with and quickly grasp our needs,’ adds Mrs Jackson. ‘They understand what we can afford to do to achieve the best for our students.’
To find out how Concero’s free ICT development plans could save your school money and help it to plan for the future, get in touch with the experts today on Tel: 0333 1110004 or firstname.lastname@example.org.