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Starz+ Learning Platform - an Introduction

Making the very best of your investment

Starz+ is a learning platform designed specifically for primary schools in Cambridgeshire. 

It provides an age-appropriate system where pupils can practise online safety and minimise E-Safety risks.

The ICT Service provides this online service with a centrally managed collection of learning resources, activities and projects for schools.

We provide first line support and issue resolution with a dedicated team.  Schools can be assured that by signing up to our annual Starz+ Learning Platform service they will also benefit from additional tools and features provided in partnership with eSchools.

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Additional tools and features include:

  • integration with SIMS to ensure automated account and class membership
  • options for individual pupil information to be shared through dedicated parent logins
  • tools to support school office tasks e.g. letters to parents and online consent forms
  • provision of governor accounts with communication tools and options for shared file storage
  • basic school website provision
  • key stage appropriate accounts with differentiation options to meet the needs of younger and older users.

Schools that sign up to Starz+ will also receive access to the scheme of work called ACE (Accredited Competence in E-Safety) with updates and additional resources, all at no extra charge.

ACE provides all you need to teach E-Safety to pupils from Years 2 to 6 with lesson plans, activities and links to online resources. ACE will help you to meet Ofsted Briefing 5 recommendations to ‘provide an age-related, comprehensive curriculum for E-Safety that enables pupils to become safe and responsible users of new technologies’.

Your subscription to Starz+ includes an integrated, basic website facility, managed by administrators within your school.  Design consultancy and training are additional options.
See our School Website Service Product Sheet.

 

Starz+ Creating a Vision and Action Plan

Consultation and creation of an achievable plan
+ a staff meeting to share it - £270

Without a vision staff may be confused and use of Starz+ may be chaotic and occasional. With an achievable plan staff will use the platform effectively.

Let The ICT Service Starz+ Team help you to develop your vision and create the action plan with you, then lead a staff meeting to share the vision and plan with all staff.

Call us on 0300 300 0000 or email info@theictservice.org.uk to book your session.

 

Starz+ Training Webinars

At a time of your choosing
One FREE webinar to new subscribing schools - £30 for further webinars

You can book a remote training session to help you become familiar with the tools, functionality and navigation of the platform.  A webinar takes the form of a walkthrough demonstration with opportunities for discussion.

A remote session will last between 20 – 30 minutes and requires Internet access and telephone.

Call us on 0300 300 0000 or email info@theictservice.org.uk to book your session.

 

Talk to us about our discounted pricing for purchasing our Targeted Support Bundle

Our Starz+ Team will work with identified members of school staff to:

  • demonstrate and model classroom Starz+ activities
  • embed Starz+ into planning
  • create curriculum projects
  • insert ACE tasks into E-Safety practices
  • develop Starz+ champions in your school

3 x 2 hour Consultancy Sessions (one per term)

£492  SAVE 20%  (Usual price £615)

Call us on 0300 300 0000 or email info@theictservice.org.uk to book your bundle.

 

Price…

£4.50 per pupil on roll, based on FTE October Census

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what people say…

  • The trainers was very happy to answer all questions so that we are able to use the system in the most effective way for our school

    Alison Rowbotham, The Weatheralls Primary School

  • I was given extremely clear and understandable instructions to help me find my way through difficulties.

    Sue Bardell, LLDD Team, CCC

  • The course answered all my questions but went far beyond my expectations. Very good value for money. I also appreciate the handbook.

    Margaret Carpenter, Longsands Academy

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    Paula Beeby, Coates Primary School

  • We have used The ICT Service now for many years, and have the highest praise for all the departments we deal with (we couldn’t live without our ICT technician or the helpdesk!).

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  • I found the whole session incredibly useful. You gave us lots of useful resources to take back to school and even more to think about.

    E-Safety Course

  • All courses that I have attended are so helpful and are explained in terms that I can understand and I am not afraid to ask questions.

    Sarah Walker, Thorndown Primary School

  • Emma always explains what you need to do very clearly and is extremely helpful - Thank you

    Sue Scott, Alderman Payne Primary School

  • ...really helplful during a very stressful time...

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    Emily Lewney, Bar Hill Community Primary School

  • I attended a truly fantastic course which has really opened my eyes to how I can use SIMS to support my data analysis.

    Yasmin Trace, Hatton Park Primary School

  • Everyone I deal with on the Helpline is helpful and patient especially understanding the pressures we're under. It's lovely to know we have an efficient team available when needed.

    Lynn Hilling, The Vine Primary School

  • Thank you. The e-safety session was one of the best uses of time that I have had for a long while.

    E-Safety Course

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  • Our Technician always goes the extra mile for us. He understands our school needs and limitations. He is considered to be one of our school team.

    Primary School Headteacher

  • Always helpful to guide me through the troubled waters of the Post 16 Census! I don't know how I would manage without them.

    Christine Bradshaw, St Ivo School

  • Very helpful, I like the way that The ICT Service can come on to the system remotely it saves so much time!

    Chris Cater, Cottenham Primary School

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  • Really clear, easy to follow course with some great ideas.

    Sarah Dodsworth, Wisbech St Mary Primary School

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