masthead Schools ICT Consultancy
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SCS was engaged in a consultancy capacity to assist the school in an ICT strategy review, focusing on building a clear roadmap of investment projects.

SCS was proactive in driving this project forward and has initiated the seeds of change within the school.

Ian Keary, Assistant Head
Tiffin Boys School, Kingston

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Who does SCS help?

SCS helps clients from across the education sector, including:

  • schools converting to academies
  • federations, trusts and school clusters
  • free schools
  • university technical colleges and studio schools
  • individual primary and secondary schools
  • colleges and universities working as sponsors
  • local authorities (LAs).

Some of our clients are:

  • Abbotsfield School, Hillingdon
  • Aston University Engineering Academy (UTC), Birmingham
  • Horsforth School, Leeds
  • Kirklees Creative and Media Studio School, Huddersfield
  • Thetford Academy, Norfolk
  • Tiffin Boys School, Kingston
  • Wymondham College, Norfolk

Case studies

Tiffin Boys School – ICT infrastructure transformation planning

SCS was engaged by Tiffin to provide advice on defining and prioritising ICT investment projects which could support the continued delivery of outstanding teaching and learning in the school. Our work initially focused on engaging with a number of students, teaching staff and the leadership team to identify a common vision for ICT. This vision was then translated into a five-year ICT budget plan, which consisted of operational expenditure, an on-going replacement programme and capital investments projects. Additionally, SCS led the preparation of tender documents and the supplier evaluation process for an initial core infrastructure project; a preferred supplier was subsequently appointed.

Kirklees Creative and Media Studio School, Huddersfield – linking to local employers

SCS has led the ICT workstream for this £3.5m EFA-funded capital programme to launch the Kirklees Creative and Media Studio School into a new purpose-built building. SCS has been responsible for authoring all ICT documents, working with faculty heads and local businesses to reflect the vision for an employer-integrated curriculum and enterprise-led culture. The ICT requirements specification and cost model has been driven by the need to support the school’s creative and media specialism. SCS subsequently ran the procurement process for appointing an approved ICT provider using the Education Funding Agency (EFA) ICT Services Framework.

Thetford Academy – merger of two secondary schools, opened in September 2010

SCS was responsible for managing the production of all ICT documents for Thetford Academy’s feasibility and final business case, starting with the initial ICT visioning, a three-year ICT revenue budget and a five-year £1.6m capital plan for equipping a new building. During this time, we led a number of procurement projects to unify systems across the Academy’s two predecessor schools. Working with the Academy’s ICT technical team, we introduced switch upgrades, a wireless network with access controls, MIS, Learning Platform and Finance system. SCS then led the ICT dialogues to appoint a construction partner for the new £18m building, which is due to open in September 2013.

Aston Engineering Academy University Technical College (UTC)

SCS developed the Academy’s original ICT vision which led to defining the ICT requirements within the local authority’s preferred managed service. SCS initiated a programme of research with industrial sponsors into ICT solutions for workplace partners. We also led a review of engineering software applications, working with the University’s departments of computing science, mechanical engineering and mathematics. The Academy is due to open on a new site in September 2013.

Croydon and Kingston Building Schools for the Future (BSF) – planning for ICT innovation

For this BSF ICT programme, SCS completed an analysis of the total cost of ownership (TCO) of ICT operations across 40 schools in two London boroughs. As a result of this technical and financial audit, SCS identified areas of ICT cost savings that could benefit all schools in the two boroughs, and made recommendations for managed services and procurement consolidation.

Essex County Council BSF – design planning for four sample schools

SCS was the IT/design procurement champion on the supplier evaluation board for four new school buildings in Essex. SCS represented the ICT needs of these schools to suppliers, and led the scoring of ICT bids. Two these were special needs schools whose ICT needed to be matched to very specific student requirements. With SCS’s support, a preferred ICT supplier was selected to work with the construction partner, and funding was secured.