CAS National Conference

This year is the 10th anniversary of the CAS National Conference and it promises to be a great event. It takes place in Birmingham on Friday 15th June and Saturday 16th June 2018.

It will a celebration of all things CAS with a range of inspiring plenaries and classroom-based workshops for both Primary and Secondary teachers of Computing.

The conference will be a time to reflect, a time to look forward and a time to recharge the batteries, with new ideas and resources from experienced colleagues.The CAS conference is a great way to experience all that the CAS community has to offer. For full details and to book, visit here.

GDPR - Ignorance is no defence

By now, all staff and not just the senior team, are fully aware of GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation)
and it's potential impact. There's been a certain amount of scare-mongering going on, from talk of vast fines for minor breaches to schools being unable to keep the contact details for parents. Some of this rhetoric may well be coming from 'over-enthusiastic' companies eager to sell training, products and services.

Should a serious data breach occur at your school and the ICO investigates, if you haven't been taking GDPR seriously, you could be in trouble. However, if you have your Data Protection Officer in place, have policies and procedures, have done risk assessments and taken steps to mitigate any risks, you will be in a position to identify what went wrong and put the necessary steps in place to reduce any future risk. Safety and security will always be a journey with the final destination just around the corner!

How can you feel more confident about getting GDPR right?

It's a good start if you can say 'yes' to the following ten statements.

1 Staff and parents have been informed
2 Data Protection Officer appointed
3 Data audit carried out
4 Review of whether data held is valid
5 Review of privacy notices
6 Review of data collection procedures
7 Review of data processing procedures
8 Risk assessment of data security
9 Policies and procedures plan
10 Robust policies and procedures in place


Need more help?

E2BN member schools can access unlimited advice and guidance from us, just give us a call or email. We always provide honest, straightforward answers and if we don't know the answer, we will know someone who does!

We also deliver training courses; visit our Data Protection website to find the latest information and dates.

"Good ICT is a necessity, not a luxury"

Having renewed the E2BN IT Procurement Framework contract with Think IT, we thought we should ask Neil Watkins, Think IT Director, why he thinks ICT is so important for schools? 

Very simply, good ICT is a necessity for a school, not a luxury. You can’t run an organisation the size of a school smoothly, effectively or efficiently without it. One of the biggest challenges facing schools though is ICT skills. How can a school be an expert in Broadband connectivity, network infrastructure, cyber-security, equipment, Cloud storage, productivity tools, online safety and everything else required to keep staff and learners productive and safe? I would argue that one person, or indeed one company, can't do it all. That’s why we bring together the right expertise for each individual school, all under one simple to administer contract. Our aim is to make ICT easy for schools.

Why would an organisation choose to use Think IT?

The main benefit is that we save you time and money. You don’t have to get three quotes or go out to tender – just tell us what you want and we’ll get it for you. Buying through the framework means you’re fully compliant with DfE guidance and UK procurement law. Because we work with thousands of schools across the country, we can achieve excellent value for money.

We can also help schools identify what they need, especially if they want to transform IT across the whole estate. Our Think IT Readiness Assessment starts with a 'Visioning Workshop' to identify where the school is now and where they want to be. Every single aspect of technology within the school is considered as a whole - teaching, learning, classroom management, business support, connectivity, communication and of course safety and security. The Readiness Assessment informs the IT Strategy. If required we will project manage the entire transformation.

As I've worked with so many education organisations I'm often asked to share my experience. I’m speaking at the Academies Show in London on the 25th April; my presentation is entitled “7 ways to mess up your schools’ IT….REALLY BADLY”. Everyone has at least one story about a school who got it or 'IT' spectacularly wrong. So if any of your readers have a story they'd be happy to share, anonymised of course, please contact me.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

What are people saying?

“Since using the services of Think IT and their partners, we have seen improvements in staff productivity and collaboration, and an increased use of innovative technology to support teaching & learning.”

David French, Curriculum Manager at Beeches Primary school.

"The framework provides access to the full spectrum of educational IT suppliers without the need for mini competitions so schools can buy direct without having to get 3 quotes or go out to tender, saving both time and money."

Kirstie Phillips, ICT Traded Services Manager at Nottinghamshire County

Spring Edition 'Learning Matters'

Get your copy of this term's E2BN Learning Matters here.

If you are from an E2BN member school, there should be a copy of the 'new look' E2BN Learning Matters in your staff room. If you can't find it you can access an online, interactive version here. 

To make sure that you see a copy every term why not sign up for the E2BN Blog? You'll get a copy of Learning Matters delivered directly to your email box.

E2BN renews its procurement framework partnership with Think IT

After four years of providing schools across the UK with a safe, cost-effective and easy to administer EU Tendered ICT procurement framework, the East of England Broadband Consortia (E2BN) has renewed its contract with IT product and service provider, Think IT.

The framework, specifically designed for education, was put out to tender six months early due to changes in government procurement legislation which include stricter product CPV classifications and impending General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The framework, which guarantees value for money, guides schools through the new legislation and removes the need for time-consumer tendering, is the Department for Education’s (DfE) recommended route to market.

Chris Kastel, CEO of E2BN said, “After evaluating several IT providers to partner with, it became very clear that Think IT was the only supplier who had the same ethics as us. Many suppliers simply want to make money regardless of what is best for the school; Think IT provides and guarantees the level of business integrity that we demand for our schools”. 

E2BN’s EU tendered procurement framework has grown over the past four years to include more than 100 approved education suppliers in 18 different product categories. The range of technologies ensures that schools can achieve the best three-year technology strategy.

Neil Watkins, managing director of Think IT said, “The past four years have seen an exceptional level of success for E2BN, ourselves and more importantly our client schools. The number of new suppliers on the contract has also exceeded our expectations. From small start-up companies to large, established organisations, this breadth ensures our schools can be guided towards the optimum solution for their specific goals”.

For further information on the procurement framework please visit

Latest from the Blog