The Inspiration Trust is a multi-academy trust based in Norfolk and is committed to delivering the very best educational experience for the young people of Norfolk. With managing so many schools, consistency is a key requirement. None being more important than an effective communication system that encompasses all schools. The Inspiration Trust was looking for the communication system to be implemented and ready for the start of new school year in September.
The Inspiration Trust invited approved education companies to submit their proposals on what an effective consistent communication system would look like. As a local company supporting schools in Norfolk we submitted a proposal based on School ina Cloud that is based upon G Suite for Education tools along with unlimited storage space.
After Levett Consultancy was successfully selected to deliver the project, our Consultancy service worked with the Inspiration Trust appointed a project manager to ascertain what each of the Inspiration Trust 13 Academies was using and how much data was required to be migrated. During the data collection phase, our Technical Service team implemented a multi-domain G Suite for Education solution to support all current and future academies. Once Levett Consultancy had the relevant information for each Academy communication system the Technical Service team undertook data migration for over 1000+ accounts (email, contact and calendar data) from across the trust’s academies; moving from a multitude of differing email systems into G Suite for Education.
When the data migration was completed and the end users confirmed data was successfully migrated, Levett Consultancy then configured Google Groups to allow Inspiration Trust staff to send email/share documents with groups of staff and pupils. The next phase of the project saw Levett Consultancy configure and deploy CloudPages management tools, to ensure all Inspiration Trust email signatures are consistent and can be managed by the Inspiration Trust central ICT team. Levett Consultancy also deployed LucidChart and LucidPress applications to sit alongside Google core applications and provide all the productivity tools the Inspiration Trust Academies would need.
The final phase saw Levett Consultancy develop an application launcher for Inspiration Trust and sub launcher sites for Academies. The launcher allowed users can quickly jump to the targeted applications they use within each Academy. To ensure positive outcomes and confidence in using G Suite for Education, Levett Consultancy undertook training for key contacts and has run a number of follow-up sessions.
With a little of over 4 weeks remaining in August to deliver ‘School ina Cloud’ and over 1000 staff users to be migrated to the Inspiration Trust G Suite for Education system, along with ensuring all academies students had an account. Levett Consultancy successfully achieved the outcome in readiness for Dame Rachel de Souza to send an all staff email inviting schools to an Inspiration Trust event to launch the new school year.
The Inspiration Trust is really impressed with how Levett Consultancy worked to ensure solutions was delivered on time and on budget. We were kept thoroughly informed throughout the deployment and migration process and support staff were always on hand to help with any Google queries. Overall G Suite for Education has played a significant role in improving communications across the Inspiration Trust. Our Academies have had also seen improvement in learning outcomes by using G Suite for Education with Chromebooks Michael Vaughan (Head of ICT)