emPSN and Lincolnshire County Council (LCC) have been working together for over 20 years, supporting schools across Lincolnshire in accessing fast, safe and secure, and reliable internet connectivity and IT services.

IT Services for Schools

Lincolnshire Events

We will be holding 2 Lincolnshire Events on Tuesday 12th July at the Best Western Plus Bentley Hotel and Spa, LN6 9NH and Thursday 14th July at Boston United Football Club PE21 7NE.  You will get to meet members of emPSN including commercial and technical colleagues who will be able to answer any questions you may have. For further information and to sign up to one of these free events click here

Procurement – 13th June 2022

We are finalising a new contract with our existing supplier, therefore there will be no changes to your connectivity from 1st November 2022.

Final pricing is currently being agreed with Lincolnshire County Council as the contract is for the County WAN (Wide Area Network) as well as schools. Pending that approval, we anticipate that we will be able to send out further communications to all schools by 1st July 2022, detailing pricing for renewing contracts with emPSN.

We apologise that this has taken longer than anticipated but thank you for your continued patience whilst we secure the best possible price for schools.

We are currently planning a series of events in Lincolnshire in the first 2 weeks in July to meet up with you, to discuss the continuity offers we will send to you and any changes you require; plus, to deal with any other technical and commercial queries you have about the service provided through emPSN.  This is short notice, but we wanted to make sure we had the service offers in place. We used to run such events regularly, but COVID put a stop to those.

If you would be interested in hosting a meeting at your school, please get in touch with Kathryn Young to discuss further at support@empsn.org.uk.

Managed Connectivity Services for schools

Procurement

The procurement of a new contract for your connectivity services is now underway.  We anticipate this will be complete by May 2022,  when we expect to be able to confirm continuity offers to you for services from 1st November 2022.  However we expect to be able to advise you of your future pricing from emPSN by the end of April 2022.

This procurement will ensure that emPSN and Lincolnshire County Council retain high-quality services and a competitive market price for your connectivity services going forward which will benefit all schools as well as the County and District Councils.

Any change of connectivity service provider will likely be because of an improved price and/ or quality of service being offered; it is a condition of the procurement that your current service will continue without any disruption.

We will provide a safe, secure, and reliable public sector and schools network supported by strong and accessible management services, which extend beyond the provision of an internet connection.

To maintain your current Connectivity and Application services or seek enhanced services via a direct contract with emPSN, email the team at support@empsn.org.uk 

If you cannot find the answer here to any questions you may have or wish to talk through your options, please call Kathryn Young on 01604 438043.

For further information, please refer to the letter you received on the 10th January 2022 from Lincolnshire County Council.

Managed Connectivity Services for schools

emPSN and Lincolnshire County Council (LCC) – A working partnership

Lincolnshire County Council is an owner of emPSN. emPSN is a not-for-profit Company, here for the public good, supporting Lincolnshire and other schools in the East Midlands now and into the future.

Lincolnshire schools core broadband service charges have been funded from the Lincolnshire Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG) since 2012. From 2022 this will change, as LCC can no longer access this Central Services Block funding schools will no longer benefit from this funding.

emPSN will continue to provide the same connectivity and IT services as always. Removal of this grant does not have to mean a change to your services as emPSN is here to ensure there is a smooth transition with no impact to your service.  In preparation for the changes to funding from November 2022, we will be communicating with Lincolnshire schools direct with continuity options working with Lincolnshire County Council to ensure a smooth change.

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Managed Connectivity Services for schools

Meet the team

The emPSN team are here to support Lincolnshire’s schools ensuring that they have the right connectivity and access to services to meet their needs. The team has wide and varied experience developing and providing services to Lincolnshire, supporting schools and enabling them to access the right connectivity options. We provide access to Technical Support, Customer Service and Communications to ensure that you and your named IT Support Provider have the latest in service, security and safety information to protect your school and your school community.

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Have a question you want to ask the team?

We want to make this a smooth and easy transition for all our Lincolnshire schools, let us know how we can support you.

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Introducing emPSN to Lincolnshire schools

Technical support from emPSN

emPSN & LCC – A working partnership. How funding is adapting for Lincolnshire schools.

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Enabling schools to access fibre funding

What does the funding change mean for my school right now?

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Below are a list of our frequently asked questions:

 

Q. How much will my schools broadband cost after October 2022?

A. We are still working on the best pricing and most competitive offer for schools. We will be in contact  with all schools to advise you on your future pricing by the end of April 2022.

 

Q. How does this affect my current service?

A. This does not affect your current service from emPSN.  We can assure you, your current service will continue without any disruption, and you will continue to receive the quality of customer service that you are familiar with.

 

Q. Can I still upgrade between now and October 2022?

A. Yes, you can. If you would like to upgrade, please contact sales@empsn.org.uk and we will be able to provide a quote.

 

Communications Library

Below are copies of all communications that have been sent to schools.

Please click on the relevant letter by month to view.

January 2022
February 2022

 

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