emPSN Educational Services
emPSN otherwise known to schools as embc provide a number of educational services for schools including a catalogue of service providers supplying connectivity and applications services. As part of the NEN (National Education Network) we also deliver a range of teaching and learning resources which are free with the schools membership of emPSN. Our suppliers are selected to provide schools with safe and secure access to the internet and a range of educational services and products. Our supplier and product base has increased largely as a result of feedback from schools.
Core connectivity is provided by Kcom over the emPSN network ranging from 2Mbps to 250Mpbs depending on location, connection type available and school choice and we have options for using Virgin Media where Virgin cable exists, and wireless for difficult to connect schools.
emPSN offer a range of suppliers for email, email filtering, web filtering, web hosting, IDP and other services. Schools can buy an integrated package; connectivity and a fixed set of services or they can choose a pick and mix approach. There is also the option of buying connectivity from emPSN suppliers and purchasing services from outside the framework or using in house ones. Schools can contract directly with our suppliers or take the embc direct option and buy through embc.
Connectivity vs Application Services
A common misunderstanding that we receive from schools is that connectivity services and applications are one and the same. This is not the case. They are normally separate contracts taken out at different times with different providers.