What is the Hosted School Service?
The Hosted School Service integrates the curriculum and administrative services in schools, offering staff and learners remote access, secure backups, tested upgrades and costed hardware maintenance.
It liberates learning by making applications, data and resources available to staff and learners wherever they are – not just at a desk in the classroom.
We copy the applications and services you use in school to our private cloud. It lets you, your staff and your learners access essential data and applications from any internet-connected PC. Schools are empowered to explore new ways of teaching and learning, making a real difference to engagement and achievement.
Bringing your IT bang up to date
At the core of HSS is our expert management of your school's hardware and software. By taking away the hassle of maintaining a complicated IT estate, we let your school concentrate on what it does best: teaching.
We check your computers to see if they can be upgraded to Windows 7, and then we'll upgrade or replace them as appropriate. For new equipment we supply Dell hardware, but the Hosted School Service is flexible enough to include existing hardware from other manufacturers, including Apple, that has been through our certification process.
If the hardware goes wrong over the course of the HSS contract, we'll come to your school and replace it - so you can carry on working!
Remote access with the HSS desktop
All staff and learners get their own HSS desktop where you can access your curriculum software and files. Taking this a step a further, you can sign in from home and access these resources using the HSS remote access solution. Save a document in to a folder at work - it's there waiting for you when you get home.
The HSS desktop runs Windows 7 and has Office 2010 as standard, plus you can choose to move your curriculum software onto HSS, so that it's available for users in and out of school. And using the Point2Educate service you can rent hundreds of curriculum titles and the free Microsoft Learning Suite
Safe and secure
Your essential data is stored locally on the new HSS server in your school, so you can carry on working even if your internet connection is lost.
But it’s also backed up every night to our award-winning data centre in Winchester. This means should the worst happen to your school, you’ll be able to get up and running again more easily.
HSS is tailored to meet the exact needs of your school.
The service is modular: as better technology becomes available, we can swap out key components to keep your system at its best. As hardware reaches the end of its life over the course of the contract, we’ll replace that too.
And best of all, you don't have to pay for all this in one lump sum. We'll smooth the cost out over the five year term of the contract, so you know exactly what you're paying each year, but with the flexibility to add extra services if you need them.
No other service can match the Hosted School Service. See How does it compare?
- Hardware maintenance for PCs, laptops, printers, servers, whiteboards and projectors
- Fully supported Meru wireless network (if required)
- Home / remote access
- Disaster recovery
- Business continuity
- Microsoft EES licensing
- McAfee antivirus
- Print management software
- Classroom management software
- Electronic licence record
- Server virtualisation minimising hardware costs
- ISO27001 information security standard
- Award-winning data centre
- Meets procurement rules
- IT Help Desk support
- Documented SLA
- Named project manager to guide you through installation
- Named account manager for regular service review meetings