Many schools requested the ability to access their school IT systems from home in a secure manner. Hampshire IT undertook a a successful pilot with the following schools during 2006 Neville Lovett Community School, Oak Farm Community School, Hordle Primary and Foxhills Infant.
The Remote Working Service allows school staff to safely and securely connect into their school LAN and access everything that they would normally be able to access in school. This includes data, plus applications such as SIMS, SAP and Access BP (and its replacement, subject to testing).
At home, staff will need a PC and broadband connection. The only thing they will not be able to do is print at home, but they can print to the school’s printer and pick up the printing the next day. The service will be unavailable each day between the hours of 22.00 - 02.00 to enable the school's back up to run unhindered.
The main benefit is that staff can access school data and applications from home.
Feedback from the pilot schools has been very positive and all those involved decided to continue with the service:"The service is so fast and reliable that it seems that I am working on a PC in school… it helps me to manage my time and complete tasks in the quiet that would have run late. I could not now manage my workload without the service."
Typical activities that these schools have carried out using Remote Working include:
The cost of the serving depends on which option the school decides will work best.
Option 1 - This is suitable for schools that would like to use an existing workstation already connected to their network.
Option 2 - This is suitable for schools who would like to use an existing server, or purchase a new server. In either case, the server should not be used for any purpose other than accessing the school's network remotely.
The school may need some additional licences. as shown below. Your Consultant will be happy to advise on licensing that the school may need.
For both options, an estimation of total cost to school can be provided by our Consultancy Team, via the IT Help Desk.
A. This is a new service which will allow school staff to access their school network from their home PC and work as if they were in school.
A. £230 per year, per block of five accounts. It is recommended that schools allocate all five accounts at the time of purchase. In order to do this we require the names and school email addresses of all staff who will be using the service.
Depending on the number of concurrent users, the purchase of an additional server for the school LAN may also be required.
A. To ensure the security of the school network, remote working accounts will only be issued to recognised school email addresses.
A. If you wish more than one person to use the service concurrently, you will require a separate server.
A. Using a separate server provides the most secure and supportable solution for the school network and complies with the recommendations issued by Capita and Microsoft.
A. Yes, the connection uses VPN (Virtual Private Network) technology to provide a secure ‘tunnel’ to ensure that the school network is well protected against interception. All traffic passing through the tunnel is encrypted to 128-bit encryption and a further layer of security is provided by the use of usernames and one-time passwords which are different each time the user connects.
Additional applications, eg in the curriculum may be available providing they support Terminal Services, but we cannot offer support for these.
A. No, you will only be able to print to school printers.
A. No, as this could prove a security issue for your school network, but you can email files to yourself.
A. No, for obvious security reasons. Users are accountable for all transactions carried out on their Remote Working account and under no circumstances should they share them with colleagues.
A. No, the Remote Working service is designed for staff employed by the school only. To arrange remote access for a supplier, please contact the IT Help Desk.
Schools signing up to the Remote Working Service are allowed three changes per year per block of five users. A change is:
Once your account is set up you will receive an email which has instructions about how to login. Please do not delete this email as it contains important information.
If you have any problems with accessing the service please call the IT Help Desk on 01962 847007.
If you would like to discuss setting up Remote Working for your school, please contact the IT Help Desk who will arrange for a consultant to talk to you about your requirements.
For urgent issues, call the IT Service Desk on 01962 847007. For anything else, see our contact page.