Case Study: London secondary school migrates seamlessly to a modern communications system enabling fixed costs and independent internal management.
Cost-cutting in education continually hits the headlines, but there’s only so far it can go. Children still need to be educated, supported and given the best start in life. Being able to generate your own income is a positive step…
Summer 2018 has kept M-Tech exceptionally busy with projects across the country. Here’s a round up of the work carried out at Villiers High School.
If you’re tasked with managing the filtering at your school, you’ll undoubtedly have come up against students who feel their mission in life is to break through your chosen solution.
Upgrading or creating a new IT network takes a lot of time and research. Your budget is very valuable and consideration has to be put into which technologies to invest in, the network topology, which connectivity provider to use, how to protect the network and more. Whereas getting all these aspects right is vitally important, in order to build your users an optimal solution to suit their needs and wants they should be a part of the initial process too.
M-Tech Marketing and Communications Manager, Tamar Keenan attended the Microsoft Education Summit, December 2017, to hear the latest news and updates. Craig Parker, UK Education Partner Lead, got things underway by giving us some education market insights from the Microsoft research department.
It’s been a busy year for Surrey-based MAT, The Bourne Education Trust (BET). 2017 has seen them solidify their position in the region, adding three more schools into the fold to stand at 10 strong to date.
Universities are racing to keep up with demand, seeing usage increase year on year. Students are driving the dramatic upsurge, but faculty are also responsible for their fair share of network demands.
Summer 2017 saw M-Tech and trusted Apple partner, DataJAR, onboard 565 iPads at South Hampstead High School to their hosted Jamf solution. Jamf Pro is an Enterprise Management Tool that delivers on the promise of unified endpoint management for Apple devices.
M-Tech were called upon to help modernise an outdated management system at an Academy in Essex. The school weren’t keen on going for a vanilla Windows network, they wanted more control, simplicity for the staff, and a more dynamic network.
Purchasing a mobile device management solution is a big decision for schools and organisations. You might be looking to move away from an existing provider, or starting up a whole new MDM program. You’ll likely begin your journey by comparing the features and capabilities of a number of vendors. If you’ve already got a dissatisfactory MDM solution, you might understand where yours falls short and add this into your consideration. On your search, you’ll probably find that most solutions appear to do similar things, all of them being one of the best on the market.
With continually squeezed budgets, schools are looking for ways to generate income from the resources they have. More often than not this falls to the letting out of site facilities, or the sharing of staff across multiple sites. Both are very low investment, the former requiring some additional management by the site team, the latter flexibility in staffing arrangements.
In line with the Department for Education’s Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance, The UK Safer Internet Centre have produced a guide to help education settings understand what is deemed ‘appropriate filtering’. There is strong emphasis on the understanding that no filtering system is 100% effective and children should be supported through the curriculum to learn how to stay safe online. Filtering systems should also clearly demonstrate they don’t ‘over-filter’, allowing measured access that’s not seen as unreasonably restricted.
M-Tech were out in force at the UK Microsoft Education Partner Summit in London on 19th April 2017. Hosted at the beautiful Wellcome Collection, four of the team attended to hear more about the latest in Education from the global technology giant. The afternoon kicked off with some great networking over lunch before heading into the conference suite for the sessions to begin.
The Department for Education released updated documentation at the start of 2017, ‘Cloud Computing Services’, to provide guidance for school leaders, school staff and governing bodies. This sets out some key benefits for moving some traditionally hosted services to an internet-based provision (cloud).
Multi-Academy Trusts are steadily moving towards becoming the dominant model in our education system. As of March 2017, approximately 23%, a figure of over 6000, of all schools in England and Wales had Academy status. Between them, these made up 1249 Multi-Academy Trusts, an increase of over 300% in the past 6 years.
More schools are joining Multi-Academy Trusts, enabling them to have increased budgetary control, more choice and more freedom over their decisions. There has been a large increase in schools becoming academies. Reports suggest this is due to concerns over Local Authorities (LA) ability to provide suitable services, to enable schools to have more budgetary control and have more choice and freedom over their decisions.
On March 22nd 2017, M-Tech Systems exhibited at Big Futures Show 2017. We were very proud to support this event at the Winter Gardens in our local town of Eastbourne, on the South Coast. With around 100 exhibitors in attendance for the day, the show was organised by Eastbourne Education Business Partnership in association with Eastbourne Borough Council.
We’re pleased to share that M-Tech Systems have been recognised as a trusted and selected Smoothwall Partner! Our logo has now been added to their Find a Partner page. Noting the importance of the change to Oftsed guidelines in September 2016, we have put a lot of focus into raising awareness of safeguarding in education.
Following the virtualisation project carried out by M-Tech in Summer 2016 at Debden Park High School, sister school King Harold Business & Enterprise Academy embarked upon their virtualisation journey a few months later. Both of the Essex-based secondary schools are part of the TKAT Multi-Academy Trust and managed by the same IT team.
Online safety has become a very high priority in schools this Academic year, with clarity from Ofsted over where responsibility lies. Everyone who works with children has a responsibility for keeping them safe, in identifying concerns, sharing information and taking prompt action to support them and their families.
We’ve just completed our latest Mobile Device Management project, for Bethany School in Kent. Following a successful rollout of Casper Suite to 33 iOS devices, the school requested to more than double the number of enabled devices to 79 this summer.
With the release of iOS 9.3 earlier this year, Apple announced a number of education focussed tools to improve the management and productivity of iPads in school environments. This doesn’t negate the need for a Mobile Device Management (MDM) solution, or a Management Information System (MIS), but works in conjunction to put the devices in the hands of students and teachers.
Over the summer, M-Tech have been working with a High School in Essex. They were in need of some modernisation from their existing sprawled physical server infrastructure of 11 servers and a traditional agent-based backup. We proposed a virtualised platform using a technology stack of Datacore, VMWare and Veeam.
Every year we pay a visit to the Bett Show, browsing for the latest in educational technology innovations and inspiration as well as using it as a meet and greet for clients and prospective new clients. This year didn’t disappoint, with some world class content soaked up, new ideas on every corner and some interesting discussions had.
M-Tech were proud to be the lead sponsors of the Eastbourne College 2015 Foundation Golf Challenge for the 6th year running. This year’s Eastbourne College 2015 Foundation Golf Challenge, held at the Royal Eastbourne Golf Club, attracted a record number of 24 teams on 2 July.
Hearing more about the use of OneNote in the classroom? Need to extend your current use? Here is the perfect list for your next OneNote discovery. OneNote is one of the quiet hero applications in Education. On the face of it, OneNote is a great note taking and organisation tool, but when you get deeper you just can’t go past its feedback and collaboration capabilities.
M-Tech Systems were at Gildredge House Free School in Eastbourne today to oversee the installation of their 16 screen ‘big screen TV’. Just down the road from our office, M-Tech have been involved with supporting the school’s technology as a founding partner company.
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