Thanks to our great relationship with UK institutions and educational household names, we’ve been able to build a comprehensive catalogue of free subscription services, saving you time, hassle and money.
Audio Network is a brilliant music resource available through the National Education Network and London Grid for Learning, both key partners of emPSN. It’s a market-leading and innovative partnership that connects the music industry and schools across the UK.
Audio Network introduces a wealth of originally composed music into the classroom for different parts of the curriculum and for all ages. This comprehensive music database is full of songs that are licensed for use in the educational community, eliminating fears about copyright issues with clear-cut distinction for teaching in the digital age.
Audio Network and the NEN have worked closely together since 2003 to bring professionally recorded music into the classroom. This music can be used for school productions, digital work in the classroom, and much more. You can even search the database based on ambience, genre, and even mood!
As a key partner of emPSN, access to Audio Network is completely free for our customers. Access is granted through your school’s IP address – if you’re registered with emPSN you will be automatically connected to the Audio Network database. Make sure to accept the terms and conditions when you first enter Audio Network, and if there are any issues, please contact the emPSN team on 01604 879869 or via email at email@example.com.
As an emPSN school, you’ll gain access to one of the world’s richest multimedia databases, with records stretching back over the last century. British Pathé is an incredible collection of newsreels, film, video, stills and footage from historic events. Together these make for excellent educational resources that can be used to create an exciting learning environment – and they’re completely free when you join emPSN.
Connecting is simple. You visit the British Pathé database through an education portal on an emPSN-connected computer. If you try to access the site through a machine that is not connected to the emPSN network, you will automatically be taken to the public site where card details are required. Through this portal you can download any of the materials from British Pathé and use them in the classroom free of charge, alongside an education area which includes lesson plans, vital resources for staff and ideas for in-class activities, based around the resources.
As part of the emPSN network, access to British Pathé is free for our member schools. Much like our other resources, you are connected via IP (Internet Protocol) and automatically registered onto the British Pathé database. However, it should be noted that British Pathé TV is a new service and is not included with the emPSN network. You can contact our team if you would like to register your interest for this service, or if you wish to find out more about British Pathé please visit their website.
Listening Books is an amazing UK based charity that provides high-quality audiobooks in three key formats: as a CD, available to download, or via online streaming. The versatility of the service allows for those who may have difficulty reading due to illness or disability discover the joys of the written word. Listening Books currently provides the magic of reading to over 40,000 people in the UK.
It also covers the curriculum from Key Stage 2 all the way up to A-level with a huge range of fiction and nonfiction titles for children, teens and adults. In this age of digital success, there’s no reason why a child shouldn’t be able to enjoy the same books as their peers, and with the inclusion of Listening Books as one of your school key resources, teachers will be able to offer a greater inclusion and understanding for their pupils.
As part of the emPSN network, your school has automatic access to the Listening Books database. It’s a valuable resource that will go a long way in any educational setting. Since 2017 Listening Books has offered a streaming service, making it even easier to share books with children at school. All the pupil needs to do is click a single button, whilst no plug-ins required, and no downloads are needed either. It’s that simple. For further information about how to access Listening Books, please contact emPSN at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01604 879869 and we can supply your school with login details.
Malwarebytes provides free anti-malware software to schools in the emPSN network thanks to our partnership with LGfL. Protecting against Malware and malicious software is essential in schools, and we’re proud to offer excellent security and protection through Malwarebytes market-leading software.
Running the Malwarebytes software on your school’s network provides system-wide coverage and it keeps the connection running smoothly. Everything is focused on a centralised cloud console, which essentially means there’s no need to login to each PC as scheduled scans can run remotely. A fast and effective scan removes any problem as soon as it’s identified. The console also monitors hardware and software performance, giving the IT team a clear view of their assets and an overview of the software running.
Normally Malwarebytes runs on a license-by-license package, meaning a school would have to purchase up to 200 licenses separately, or more, depending on the size of the school. This would usually set the school back between £4,000 to £10,000 for a 3-year subscription. When you join the emPSN network, it’s completely free.
If you are a Multi Academy Trust and would like to make use of this offer, we recommend signing up for a MATS emPSN package and apply when all academies have joined the network.
The NEN is designed as a learning and teaching resource to provide schools with a secure network maintained by experts from the educational and technology community. This dedicated education network enables access to unique services and content by harnessing the power of modern broadband technology.
Connecting 15,000 schools in England, the National Education Network is a crucial part of the emPSN network. The service has been operating alongside JISC (The Janet Network), part-funded by the DfE, and it has been in operation since 2001 as part of the UK’s national critical infrastructure. All the schools in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are also connected to the NEN.
Here in the East Midlands, the emPSN connects schools in the local area to the greater NEN network. A wealth of resources, data and teaching support material is available through the network, and it operates within the defined technical and operational standards as set out by the government. The NEN is about working together for education in the UK, owned by the public sector, and connecting institutions and schools across the country.
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