Here are 5 ways that your school can benefit from investing in a new telephone system.

Posted on 25th March 2022 under Blog.

In a world of tight budgets and increased demand for schooling in the UK, telecoms may seem like an afterthought; but upgrading this vital asset may save your school money in the long run. How may you ask…? We’re here to help you find out!

Why should I upgrade my school's telephone system?

It’s a good question – especially as upgrading and changing telecommunications are seen as costly investments. However, by unifying your school’s telephone system, Wi-Fi, and a broadband connection, you can decrease your costs.

‍We often get asked why schools should worry about upgrading when their current system works just fine – so here are 5 reasons why your school should upgrade.


‍Future-proofing your school’s communications


With over 30 years of experience, we understand how important telephony is to your school. We also know that your school needs a telephone system that can last long into the future and that will offer a good return on your investment.

That is why we design all our solutions to be bespoke. Your school can see a benefit from a bespoke solution that fits your requirements, not just now, but into the future. This helps safeguard your investment. We also use our own in-house engineers for installations, support team, and maintenance to resolve any teething issues you may face.

Newest technology


A great way to decrease your school’s telephony costs is to upgrade your telephone system. By upgrading to new technology, you minimize the risk of costly telecom faults. You may also find that, with the right lease, your monthly payments will be less which can save you money in the long term.

Schools can reap the rewards that are associated with new technology. With integration at the forefront of most modern technology, having a telephone system that is integrated with your school network and offers easy-to-use features can be a great way to streamline workflow within your school.

Our Telephone System solutions offer features that are great for schools including an absence mailbox, integration with SIMS, detailed reporting, mobile app, and even wireless ruggedised handsets.


‍SIP Trunks and VoIP for schools


Schools can take advantage of SIP Trunks & VoIP to help reduce their costs. When upgrading your telephone system, we know how important monthly bills can be. With SIP Trunks and VoIP, you can help reduce the cost of your monthly bills by irradiating the requirement for multiple, costly landlines.

‍You may know that BT Openreach have set goals to ensure that the ISDN switch-off doesn’t leave people in the dark.

If they continue their target to switch everyone over to fibre broadband and IP telephony, then the UK’s ISDN network is set to be switched off in 2025.

SIP Trunks also have the added advantage of being of higher quality than traditional landline calls.


‍Unifying Communications


A great way to add benefit to your school’s communications infrastructure is to consider unifying your communications environment. For example, your school probably has Wi-Fi infrastructure, a telephone system, a broadband line, and lines & calls all put together to create your ‘telecoms’.

Why not combine these different assets ‘under one roof’ to reduce your business’s costs and push your school’s integration to the next level? Integrating these systems together can unlock features such as VoIP handsets, mobile handoff, and computer telephone integration. 

Services like call routing, self-service, and reporting all help to decrease incoming call response times and help to keep your administration costs down.

With DataKom, you can also add call bundles to your system to help call costs.

‍A new telecommunication system can also help to improve teacher-parent interaction. Parents can receive notification from your school through SMS or via recorded messages services directly. In this way, you can be sure that they are always well informed of any school event, incidents, and emergencies or when their child is absent from school.


Integration


With DataKom, you can also link sites within your school’s trust. With one centralised system and smaller IP phones, you can link your smaller schools to the bigger ones without the need for systems in every school. With VoIP, you can also benefit from FREE calls between sites.

Case studies from 2 different schools


https://www.commsplus.co.uk/case-study/bournside-school 

https://www.datakom.co.uk/solutions-for-your-industry/kings-monkton-school-case-study/ 

If you would like any more information about how your school could benefit from a new telephone setup or a site survey, please don’t hesitate to get in touch for a no obligations chat on 01656 334455 or email an expert – Darren.Hill@Datakom.co.uk.