About the NEN
The National Education Network (NEN) is the schools national network connecting 15,000 schools in England to each other, service providers and the Internet through JISC (ja.net) part funded directly by the DfE and in operation since 2001 as part of the UK critical national infrastructure. All the schools in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are also connected to the NEN.
All the broadband connection services provided by emPSN for schools are connected to the NEN and compliant with the defined technical and operational standards .
The NEN is designed as a learning and teaching resource providing schools with a secure network designed and maintained by experts within the education and technology community. As a dedicated education network, it harnesses the power of broadband technology in order to provide access to unique services and content. The NEN connects directly to many online service providers through the unique peering arrangements with ja.net The list of peering companies includes, the BBC, Microsoft, Google and Amazon web services. In addition, a number of unique content and services, such as British PathéAudio Network, Listening Books, LGfL content library and the SEGfL content are readily available direct, rather than as additional paid for services.
The NEN works with industry and government to implement and raise technical and operating standards for connectivity, services, security and e-safety for the benefit of learners in schools. The standards have been developed over more than a decade, working with JISC, DfE (and originally Becta), suppliers and are embedded in the contracts provided for schools. NEN is nationally recognised as an impartial advisor and advocate for the schools sector.
The NEN has been material in securing access and savings from aggregated procurement, recognising it is a managed service offer and not an ISP.
The NEN has taken the lead for more than a decade in providing advice and support for schools on aspects of E-Safeguarding through the SWGfL, recognised by UKCCIS, IWF, Childnet and the EU.
The NEN is a community of Regional Broadband Consortia that work together to secure long term benefits for schools; owned by the public sector; which in the East Midlands means all of the schools and local authorities we connect.
As an emPSN member, your school automatically has a connection into the NEN; is an NEN member; and benefits from all of the services that the NEN has to offer this includes being part of an organisation which plays a full and leading role in the NEN and a voice in the development of standards and the canvassing to influence national policies and guidelines from industry and government. To find out more, please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org
To find out more about the benefits of the NEN and peering into their network through emPSN, please visit the NEN website.
Benefits of NEN Membership:
- Access for your schools to the NEN resources provided by other NEN members
- Access for your schools to the bulk national licence for Audio Network (around 60,000 music tracks and growing)
- The ability to contribute to, and benefit from, the growing range of NEN Guidance Notes
- Membership of, and access to, the three, nationally-recognised standing groups: Technology Strategy, Safeguarding and Teaching and Learning
- The ability to contribute to, and be part of, an authoritative national voice which is greater than that achievable regionally (e.g. negotiations with DfE over Janet transit)
- Access to the expertise, knowledge and skills of all the other NEN members
- Invitations to the annual NEN conference which is a highly-rated CPD event