Provision for schools
A school purchases their own broadband internet connectivity and services. Options include either purchasing directly from a choice of providers through a framework agreement from embc or from another provider delivering a tailored educational service.
The council continues to recommend aggregated purchase (following procurement rules) from frameworks to gain best value for schools across Northamptonshire.
What services do I need?
Each school will need to determine individual requirements which may be supplied from different providers. There is useful information available on the Department for Education (DfE) website. The Schools Broadband working group also produced a ‘Toolkit’, which may help you.
Remember that securing connectivity can take several weeks as a new line may be required. Providers will install a router to meet their service specification.
In working closely with your provider you need to ensure provision is made for key services including:
- appropriate age related filtering for children and young people when using the internet
- hosting your school’s website
- email relaying/sending(SMPT) for the generic email accounts
- Domain Name System (DNS) transfer
- school email and filtering
- safeguarding of your network
Purchasing services from embc
The embc services are delivered through emPSN SCo (East Midlands Public Services Network Services Ltd). A school or an academy will need to become a member of emPSN to take advantage of the framework of providers offering a range of services. All details can be found on the embc website.