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Fortnightly Briefing 5 May 2016

Impulse Conference Agenda

Purpose:  Conference Details
Audience:  Headteachers, staff with involvement in school improvement

Our regular Impulse Conferences are taking place in June and have the usual mix of topics about making best use of your Management Information.  
We have invited guest presenters from schools and Capita who will share their knowledge and experience.
  • The Journey with Assessment - Headteachers tell their story
  • Latest developments from Capita
  • Getting even more from SIMS Assessment Manager
  • Options for using mobile technology
  • Tuesday 7 June 2016, 1.30 - 4.00pm at CPDC in Cambridge
  • Tuesday 14 June 2016, 1.30 - 4.00pm at South Fens Business Centre, Chatteris
Annual Support Package Customers are entitled to 2 FREE Places. 


Admin Angel Vacancy

Purpose:  Notification of a current vacancy at The ICT Service
Audience:  SIMS and FMS Users looking to extend their hours

The ICT Service has been running the SIMS Schools Support Officer (Admin Angels) Service for some time now and we are now looking to recruit more Angels. 
Admin Angels provide short term cover for staff absences in schools, usually one or two days a week for one to four weeks. 
Please take a look on our website for more details about the Admin Angels Service.
The ICT Service needs a pool of experienced SIMS users to provide this service for schools in the future.  These are 'relief' contracts and may be of interest to part-time school admin staff who want to increase their hours, or recently retired staff looking for some additional income to supplement pensions. 
We provide paid training opportunities for our Admin Angels to ensure they provide a skilled and well-informed support service to schools. 
Please feel free to pass this information on to anyone who you know might be interested. 
If you would like more information please contact The ICT Service Helpline on 0300 300 0000
(press 3 and ask for Matthew Nall, Anne Trace or Kath Ryans), or email  
Further Job Description details and Application Form can be found on the Public Sector Jobs East website
Closing date for applications is Friday 27 May 2016.


Reminder of this Summer Term's Networking Opportunities 

Purpose:  Reminder about several events planned by The ICT Service
Audience:  All Schools

Are you and your staff signed up to attend the valuable networking events we have planned for you this Summer Term?
For Finance staff:

The FMS Roadshow

  • Thursday 19 May 2016, 1.30 - 3.30pm at Hemingford Abbots Village Hall, Hemingford
Exciting NEW Agenda in light of the Chancellor's plans announced in the March 2016 Budget.
Special Guests include:
  • Mandie Kirk, FMS Product Manager from Capita
  • Academy Finance Officers for a Q&A session about the Academisation process.
For ICT Subject Leaders, Teachers and Classroom Staff:

Computing Briefings

  • Tuesday 7 June 2016, 4.00 - 5.30pm at Shirley Primary School, Cambridge
  • Wednesday 8 June 2016, 4.00 - 5.30pm at the DeafBlind Centre, Peterborough
  • Thursday 23 June 2016, 4.00 - 5.30pm at The ICT Service Training Centre
  • Tuesday 28 June 2016, 4.00 - 5.30pm at Cavalry Primary School, March
This term we will be focussing on ‘Reviewing and Planning Ahead’. These TWILIGHT networking sessions will provide you with an opportunity to review your school’s coverage of the computing curriculum, consider areas where there may be gaps and think about the actions you need to take to move computing forward in your school as part of your strategic approach to technology.
For Headteachers and Senior Leaders:

The Impulse Conferences

  • Tuesday 7 June 2016, 1.30 - 4.00pm at CPDC in Cambridge
  • Tuesday 14 June 2016, 1.30 - 4.00pm at South Fens Business Centre, Chatteris
See article above - the conferences are a great CPD opportunity where you can hear about making use of all the data at your disposal, how to turn it into useful management information for school improvement, and to network with your peers.  As always we will have presentations from schools sharing their own journeys and good practice.
Annual Support Package customers are entitled to 2 FREE Places.
For School Administrators:

The Admin Roadshows

  • Wednesday 8 June 2016, 1.30 - 3.30pm at Hemingford Abbots Village Hall, Hemingford
  • Wednesday 15 June 2016, 1.30 - 3.30pm at Meadows Community Centre, Cambridge
Refreshing NEW Format and Agenda coming soon, book online now!


Central Hosting Downtime: Saturday 4 June 2016
(No scheduled downtime in May 2016)

Purpose: Reminder of scheduled downtime information Saturday 4 June 2016
Audience: School staff using Centrally Hosted Systems

On Saturday 4 June 2016 The ICT Service will be carrying out scheduled maintenance on Centrally Hosted Systems.
The following systems will therefore be unavailable between 7.00am and approximately 11.00pm on Saturday 4 June 2016:
  • Centrally Hosted Email (Email sent to accounts during this time will still be delivered)
  • Remote Access
  • School based systems via Remote Access
  • Video Conferencing
The full calendar of scheduled downtime dates can always be found on our website


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