Multi Academy Trusts (MATs) are complex and dynamic organisations. Many different variables affect how a MAT operates, including its size, the way resources are controlled, the ethos of the trust and the unique identities of the schools within it.
Managing technology in the multi academy trust setting can be a challenge as whilst there are common issues and benefits each MAT has unique requirements. When it comes to IT support and services, it is critical that a supplier has a real grasp of the MAT’s educational and organisational objectives. They will need to understand the MAT’s vision for the future and the impact the changing education landscape may have on the ICT infrastructure.
The structure of the multi academy trust lends itself well to the model of outsourcing. MAT wide contracts and the centralisation of resources and systems reduce costs and saves time on administration, freeing up money and staff to enhance teaching and learning.
At Platform 365 for Education we are well aware that not all IT support providers are created equal! We understand that there are trusts that have outsourced their IT support but have subsequently taken the service back in house because of poor quality and escalating costs.
Our IT Support for Multi Academy Trusts service is designed to offer you complete peace of mind when it comes to consistency of service levels and value for money. There is total transparency in our pricing policy and, we guarantee, you will never incur any hidden costs.The clients we support in the education section can testify to the quality and openness of our service.
The opportunities to optimise your ICT provision to minimise cost, maximise efficiency and ensure consistency lie in our ability to identify and eliminate the “pain points” in your current IT systems and procedures. Using the right technology, such as Microsoft Office 365, will enable students, teachers and support staff to collaborate and share resources and knowledge. However, connectivity will be key in creating the right environment for this to happen – broadband, Wi-Fi and cabling all play a part in the establishment of safe, secure and fast connections. The same principle applies to cloud-based technology. Again, this is an area where MATs have the potential to reap huge benefits – reduced costs, greater flexibility and scalability but if the connectivity is not up to scratch those advantages will not be realised.
There is potential to make significant savings with the right IT procurement strategy and purchasing expertise. MATs can enjoy economies of scale, but only if they are buying in the right hardware and software.
Platform 365 for Education IT Support for Multi Academy Trust service is totally flexible. Tell us the level of IT support that you require and we will deliver it, from a fully managed IT support system to advice on just one element of your IT infrastructure, such as cyber security or hardware maintenance.
- Scalable support solutions to grow with your schools
- Scheduled and ad hoc KPI reporting
- Dedicated Service Desk phone number
- Liaison with 3rd party suppliers for CCTV, access solutions
- Money saving, impartial procurement process
- Simple, seamless transition from your existing supplier
- Collaborative planning for strategic school development
- Broadband, Wifi, security, mobile device and AV provision
- Microsoft, Google and MIS cloud-based solutions
- Business-class support with educational expertise
For an overview of what Platform 365 for Education can deliver for you please view our online interactive brochure.