Webinar - Linking schools with a cloud-hosted telephone system
Posted by Laurie Coleman on 21/06 at 10:00 AM Education, Education,

In the last 30-minute webinar in our education series, I gave an overview of how schools can link together and find cost savings with a cloud-hosted telephone system. As schools' funding is consistently being squeezed, our webinar looked closed at the benefits of a new telephone...

Tackling the IT and communications challenges facing schools
Posted by Caroline Moore on 07/05 at 10:00 AM Education,
Tackling the IT and communications challenges facing schools

As a parent of two school-age children, I am fully aware of the financial challenges facing schools. Course subjects are being cut or being offered online, supply teachers are only being used sparingly even though staff numbers have reduced and headteachers are sending letters to...

Schools need to back up their data to prepare for ransomware attacks
Posted by Jac Civill on 15/03 at 10:00 AM Education, Cloud services, Security,
Ransomware warning to schools

With hackers causing havoc at a Dorset secondary school, education sector IT managers would be advised to look again at how they back up student and staff files. Hackers have used ransomware to encrypt files at Sir John Colfox Academy, Bridport, after a member of staff mistakenly...

Colleges can benefit from flexible bandwidth
Posted by Elaine Bellamy on 12/02 at 10:00 AM Education, Internet connectivity,
Colleges can benefit from flexible bandwidth

Further education (FE) colleges have a decision to make. With the Government cutting funding to their current connectivity provider, these colleges will have to start paying for their Janet and eduroam services from August this year. College connectivity provider Jisc will have to...

Risks and costs of holding onto an ageing school telephone system
Posted by Caroline Moore on 18/12 at 10:00 AM Education, On-premise telephone systems, Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise,

In our latest video blog for schools, I discuss why hanging on to an older telephone system can be both risky and expensive. We understand why schools would want to “sweat the asset” with education budgets being so tight, but an older system can be very costly and if they break...

School internet connections cannot dictate their telephone system choice
Posted by Joe Kavanagh on 13/11 at 10:00 AM Education, Internet connectivity,
school telephone and internet

With schools always on the lookout for money-saving opportunities to make their restricted budgets go further, many will have been tempted by the financial advantages of cloud-hosted telephony solutions to replace their outdated on-premise versions. However, they may be hampered by...

Flexible bandwidth meets term time needs of schools
Posted by Colin Woods on 12/10 at 10:00 AM Education, Education, Internet connectivity,

Schools are commonly viewed as organisations that are only truly active for 40 weeks of the year. While there may be staff working on site during the holidays, life is a lot quieter when the students are not around! There is little or no use for many of the services that must be...

Which telephone system is the most suitable for schools?
Posted by Andrew Beswick on 02/10 at 10:00 AM Education, Telephone systems,
telephone systems in schools

Buying a telephone system for a school or multi-academy trust (MAT) can be challenging with a raft of manufacturers and suppliers to choose from but with little budget to purchase upgraded technology. Your first critical decision is to determine which type of telephone system is...

Why schools should move away from council-backed services
Posted by Khaled El-Din on 07/09 at 10:00 AM Education, Telephone systems,

Schools have traditionally taken great comfort from relying on council-backed services for their communications and IT and that is understandable. As organisations built on public funding, it made sense to get these services from a central, trusted source like the county council, or...

Summer holiday telephone fraud warning to schools
Posted by Joe Kavanagh on 14/06 at 11:20 AM Education,
Teacher looking stressed due to fraud

With the summer holidays fast approaching, I want to warn schools about the risk of fraudsters using the long break as the perfect time to infiltrate school telephone systems to run up costly bills.  Generally, most active at night or on weekends, fraudsters could view the summer...

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