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Last Updated: 19-11-2018
Office 365 is more than just email. Office 365 is a suite of cloud products offered by Microsoft designed to improve collaboration and productivity. Because all of the data associated with your account is stored in the cloud, it means instead of all your school data being stored on a server in school, it is stored in one of Microsoft's data centers and can be accessed from anywhere on any device with an internet connection.
One of the advantages of using Office 365 is that it includes Office Online, web optimised versions of the full Windows desktop Office applications. Although these may have slightly fewer functions then their desktop counterparts, most people will find that have access to everything they need to get work done on a day to day basis.
- Work on your Office Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations and OneNote workbooks anywhere you have internet access
- Share Office files with other Office 365 users
Schools ICT will be supporting schools with the upgrade of the RM Finance Software to version 8.30.
In order to begin the process, please download the folder below to every PC or laptop that has RM Finance installed by clicking on the link and allowing the folder to download.
If you have any problems, please contact the Schools ICT Helpdesk on 01609 536086.
If you are an academy, confederated school or are looking at these options, selecting how to move forward with your website can be confusing. The easiest way to select the best option is to consider the content of your potential website/s. Will the content be ..
Is your website Outstanding?
Introducing the Schools ICT’s Ofsted Website Health Check Service
Trust Schools ICT to examine your site and check it includes all the features required by Ofsted to provide relevant, accurate and up-to-date information for current and future visitors.
Modern technology means that you are no longer tied to the office when it comes to doing your work. That is assuming your work involves sitting at a computer, writing documents, updating databases, sending e-mails and the like. If you're a lion tamer then, well, maybe not so much use. But let’s assume you fall into the former category, and you'd like to know what you can do at your school to be able to work remotely; from home, from the beach, the train or anywhere.
The following pricing guide is to help schools evaluate the options available through the Framework
The tables show which supplier has made it onto the framework for each category (lot)..
Following is a comparison of various alternatives to ParentPay for on-line payment and communication (texting and email) systems out there, namely SIMS In Touch and Agora, and SchoolComms. The links below give basic details and costs about these different solutions to on-line payments and texting/emailing for parents which aim to make school life and parental life as straightforward as possible. We have also included the SIMS Dinner Money system for completeness.
The information given is just functionality, costs, support and contact details. It’s as accurate as possible but comparisons have been difficult to make as some products charge by numbers of pupils in school and some don’t. Confirmation of prices will therefore be needed, plus there are discounts to be had if enough schools sign up. A bit of a minefield I’m sure you’ll agree!
If you are interested in going forward with any of these products we would be grateful if you could get back in touch with us in the first instance, so that we can then liaise properly with the product account managers to negotiate any possible discounts. However, you are obviously perfectly free to contact the companies direct to ask any questions, confirm any misunderstandings, etc.
Links relating to different school sizes are available to open at the bottom of this article.
Please also be aware of the guidance from Internal Audit:
Although ParentPay is the County Council's preferred provider, there are other providers on the market which schools may be interested in using.
Schools that are considering implementing other systems are reminded that any procurement exercise must be carried out in accordance with the LMS Procedure Rules. Paragraph 4.9 of the LMS Financial Procedure Rules states that schools may operate an online income collection system but must only use a supplier whose system has been approved by the CD-SR. Such schools are strongly advised to contact Veritau Ltd for advice regarding their preferred system.
Guidance on the issues to consider when implementing an online income management system other than ParentPay can be found here: