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    Personally would NOT touch SLG with 10 foot barge pole as very unfriendly to look at. I looked at it several times and tried to convince myself and normally favour keeping everything under sims "roof" but in this case Capita got it wrong. Personally I favour a Moodle integrated solution (Webanywhere) has brought our VLE onto the next level and is very friendly for parents and students themselves to look at.
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    Actually, i'm not against SLG, i think it's a good idea, it may not look as pretty as it could, and it needs some tech savvy handling but if you go with sharepoint, there's a whole host more you can do with it in terms of managing the network, files, business processes etc. (Yes i know @GREED , Aspen does this too!)

    The problem we had was mostly technical, and getting it to work for us, and the cost of implementation. Add to that the fact that Primary doesn't even want to use SIMS let alone do reports on it, and changes to the upper school timetable have made SIMS just not work for us very well any more.

    It's been a non-starter for us, and not worth paying more to implement, especially over a horrendously rubbish internet connection. It's just money down the drain, which is better spent on other things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vikpaw View Post
    Actually, i'm not against SLG, i think it's a good idea, it may not look as pretty as it could, and it needs some tech savvy handling but if you go with sharepoint, there's a whole host more you can do with it in terms of managing the network, files, business processes etc. (Yes i know @GREED , Aspen does this too!)
    We had a fully customized, themed SLG added to an already successful mature SharePoint install. But parents simply didn't use it, or any of the extra features we added over time.

    The difference is remarkable using tasc insight. Parents have used every feature from day one such as online parents evenings or the change of address forms. Maybe they just got the design right, but their solution is far superior.

    The proof is in our takeup rates.

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    SLG comes in several flavours:
    • There is the install SharePoint in LA option - this can work out very cheaply for schools and provides an enterprise solution
    • There is an install in your school option - this requires a number of days consultancy which puts costs up. You'd only take this option if you want an enterprise solution and intend to use SharePoint fully.
    • We also offer it as a hosted option and that is a simple install and is much cheaper in year one.

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    But does Serco collect all you data for the Government?

    Warning over secret database featuring 8m children - Telegraph

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    It's called the census so yes

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    I did L O L when I read this I must admit... I am sure @PhilNeal can tell us how many years One has been around for... this is not breaking news by any means!!!
    @vikpaw a'thank'you for the acknowledgement

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    Gotta love classic Telegraph Knee-Jerk reporting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilNeal View Post
    It's called the census so yes
    haha brilliant. And very true. Typical sensationalist journalism from the telegraph.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GREED View Post
    @vikpaw a'thank'you for the acknowledgement
    where?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vikpaw View Post
    where?
    Oh, well, if you're gonna be like that, I remove said thanks...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jumpinjamez View Post
    But does Serco collect all you data for the Government?

    Warning over secret database featuring 8m children - Telegraph
    As often as 6 times a day?? Thats normally when the thing buggers up and you have to run it again! thats when it happens six times!

    I think his next story might be that the NHS hold your medical records...
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    Quote Originally Posted by GREED View Post
    Oh, well, if you're gonna be like that, I remove said thanks...
    - thanks for nothing

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    SLG is given a bad name to Capita, so bloated! We sign up for 3 years for 15K. Recently the school where I work changed the logo and when I asked Capita-SLG to "please replace the logon displayed in the SLG website top-banner with the attached one" they told me it would be a charge of 80

    yeah, I know!... just to replace a .jpg!

    We're still tight for 1 x year but after that will switch for sure.
    Anybody using Parental Reporting from Fronter-LGfL??

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    I know there is a "new" team working on big changes to SLG. Some of the early bits of this I've seen look really good. @PhilNeal...are the people on the Geek to throw some more light on what is coming up?

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