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Buckinghamshire Traded Services

ICT Schools Team

ICT Schools Team

The ICT Schools Team is committed to providing a single point of contact for schools via telephone, email and remote access at an extremely competitive price.

We understand that every school has different needs so our service is flexible to suit you, and we provide a yearly Service Level Agreement (SLA) in line with the financial year. You are then free to choose a support package to suit your school’s requirements, which includes either a full training package or a pay as you use option.

Up until recently, we have been exclusively a Capita SIMS and FMS Support Team. However, in 2017, we expanded our portfolio to become the sole official partner for PS Financials in Buckinghamshire. In 2018, we added to this by becoming an accredited partner of Arbor Education. In 2020, we further increased our service offering to include a SIMS hosted solution to our supported schools.

Our customers value our full service, experience and expertise. Our ethos of providing an all-inclusive service, irrespective of the size of the school, is highly regarded by our customers and is testament to their continued business.

Additional Services 

  • SIMS to SAP automatic payroll solution
  • SIMS Hosted Solution
  • Consultancy visits for school improvement e.g. assessment and attendance.
  • Twilight and INSET training for whole school staff
  • Ofsted service
  • Bursar and Admin support service on a pay as used basis to all schools

Bursar Service

The Schools Financial Systems Support Team have an experienced team of bursars who can provide Bursar Support on a pay as you use basis to all schools. Our bursars are able to cover all aspects of school finance tasks including Budget Setting, Budget Monitoring and reporting to Headteachers and Governors.

Visits can be arranged for any period of time that you may require. You may like to consider purchasing Bursar Service support in the following:

  • If a member of your finance staff is absent for a protracted length of time
  • You have a new finance member of staff who may benefit from on-site support and guidance to enable them to reinforce their training and settle into their new role
  • If you have a finance post that you are waiting to fill
  • If you would like periodic Bursar Service support to free your finance staff to do other tasks or a permanent Bursar Service

Admin Service 

The SIMS Support Team has a number of experienced staff who can provide Admin Support on a pay as you use basis to all schools. Our staff are able to cover all aspects of school support including pupil and staff database, support with statutory requirements such as School Census and School Workforce Return, or just additional support at busy periods such as at the end of the academic year. You may like to consider purchasing Admin Service support in the following:

  • If a member of your office staff is absent for a protracted length of time
  • You have a new member of staff who may benefit from on-site support and guidance to enable them to reinforce their training and settle into their new role
  • If you have a post that you are waiting to fill
  • If you would like periodic support to free your staff to do other tasks

MIS and financial systems support services

The ICT Schools Team provides support for SIMS, Arbor, FMS, PS Financials and PFM as follows:

  • Unlimited assistance via telephone, email and remote
  • Comprehensive training courses, seminars/webinars and currently remote assistance workshops (including user-friendly guides).
  • Technical support of Admin devices and networks, including deployment upgrades, on-demand patches and
  • RBUSS storage cloud backup of 50GB included in some packages and additional storage available to
  • SIMS only schools - 20% rebate of the core annual entitlement to academies and non-Buckinghamshire schools purchasing a support package. Highly discounted annual entitlement to Buckinghamshire Local Authority maintained schools. This is unique to Buckinghamshire

 

Buy offers

SIMS Support Packages 

Premium package for Secondary Schools 

  • Unlimited SIMS and FMS/PSF Financials support including telephone, email and remote access
  • Scheduled SIMS and FMS/PS training courses, workshops, and seminars
  • Technical support of SIMS
  • Access to ICT Zone on Schools Web 

The Standard package for Secondary Schools

  • Includes all of the above in Premium minus the Training courses, workshops, and seminars
  • All training, workshops, and seminars will be charged on a pay as used basis 
  • Scheduled SIMS and FMS/PSF training courses, workshops and seminars

Platinum package for Primary/Special/PRUs & Nurseries

Includes all of the above  

  • Unlimited SIMS and FMS/PS Financials support including telephone, email and remote assistance 
  • Scheduled SIMS training courses, workshops, and seminars
  • Technical support of admin PCs including the technical support of SIMS
  • RBUSS+ Backup includes 50GB storage space 
  • SIMS Upgrade Service 
  • Access to ICT Zone on Schools Web 

Gold package for Primary/Special/PRUs & Nurseries

  • Includes all of the above in Premium minus the Training courses, workshops, and seminars
  • All training, workshops, and seminars will be charged on a pay as used basis 

 

SIMS to SAP

We have created the "SIMS to SAP" integration between our SAP payroll solution and SIMS.
This is a mechanism for transferring data from SIMS directly to payroll through an overnight transaction and removes duplication of data entry,

Key benefits:

  • No additional charge but must buy both payroll and SIMS support packages
  • reduction in work for the school as the data, once entered in SIMS does not have to be re-inputted into E-Forms.
  • School Workforce Census production is improved because the SIMS data is maintained more efficiently.

If you are interested in taking advantage of this integration, please contact us for more information.

 

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