Author: Jon Perks

CASE STUDY: IT DATA PROTECTION

We recently supported a Birmingham school that experienced a ransomware attack. The attack was understood to have specifically targeted their remote desktop and exchange servers before spreading across the wider network. This resulted in the enforced closure of the school as all files, MIS, safeguarding, curriculum, and finance systems were encrypted and inaccessible. Fortunately, the …

A watching brief

Brian Cape, Chief Executive of SIPS Education, explains why the organisation is so much more than the sum of its parts The current debate over the future status and funding of Channel 4 has really struck a chord (pardon the shameless musical-pun) with me, and as the leader of a co-operative and self-sufficient public-service it’s …

SIPS EDUCATION APPOINTS NEW FINANCE MANAGER

Sandwell-based SIPS Education has appointed Sarah Howard as its new Finance Manager and Company Accountant. She joins the not-for-profit organisation with over 25 years’ experience in accounting and finance,  most recently working for a physical education charity based at the University of Worcester and at a Birmingham marketing agency Sarah commented: “I was drawn to …

Former Sandwell Director of Education named as new Chair of SIPS Education

Chris Ward, former Director of Education, Skills and Employment at Sandwell Borough Council, has been announced as the new chair of not-for-profit education service provider SIPS Education. Mr Ward, who was Director of Education at the council, takes up the unpaid role from January, and describes it as a great opportunity to be able to …

Food for thought

By Laura Hadley, Strategic Director responsible for School Food, at SIPS Education You only have to look at the shelves in your local supermarket to see that supply chain issues continue to have an impact on the food sector.  Sadly, this is affecting every facet of the industry – not least school food and catering, …

Power chords

Tanya Derham, Music and Arts Service Manager at SIPS Education, discusses the benefits, challenges and future of teaching music in schools I think I speak for thousands of pupils, teachers, and parents when I say how wonderful it is to see (and hear) the return of live music – whether that’s Coldplay in concert or …

SIPS CHIEF EXECUTIVE JOINS SANDWELL BUSINESS AMBASSADORS

Brian Cape, Chief Executive at SIPS Education, has become the latest prominent business leader from the borough to join Sandwell Business Ambassadors, an independent group which supports and represents Sandwell businesses. SIPS is a not-for profit schools services co-operative for Sandwell, the Black Country and the West Midlands which provides a broad range of services …

Lessons from the pandemic

Amanda Defreitas, Head of IT at SIPS Education, examines the changing role of software in schools and what lessons IT and education professionals have learned from the last 12 months There’s no denying the growth of virtual learning that has been sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The use of technology and software in schools is …

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