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Records Management in Schools #3: Information Access and Security

The protection of information relating to children is clearly a key responsibility and it is an obligation that is shrouded in layers of legislation. It is tempting to think that locking away your information and restricting access is the best way forward but this can slow down and frustrate day-to-day work. Neil Maude gives us his advice for schools on information access and security.

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Arena's expansion is underway

We have begun to lay the foundations for our ambitious growth plans this month having completed the extensive expansion of our Garforth training and distribution center, purchased a new property in Bolton and got underway with an upgrade to the sales and board room wing of Armitage House.

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Pyjama Day Fun for Comic Relief

Arena Group employees wore their pyjamas to work on Friday 15th March to raise cash for Comic Relief.

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Junior runners supporting children with learning disabilities

Around 1,500 children are set to cut a dash this Spring when they take part in this year’s Arena Group Leeds Mini and Junior Run. The biggest FREE mass participation children’s event of its kind in Yorkshire will raise funds this year for children's charity, Leeds Mencap.

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Records Management in Schools #2: Conducting an Information Audit

Information is generally accepted as a key asset in any organisation and should be managed with the same care as more tangible assets such as money, buildings and classroom equipment. Effective information management is all about security and getting data to the right people at the right time. The IRMS toolkit rightly states that an information audit is a key step to achieving these aims.

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Arena Group: Proud Sponsor of Jane Tomlinson's Arena Group Junior and Mini Fun Run Series

Two of the stars of our sponsored Jane Tomlinson Junior and Mini Fun Run series were honoured at an awards ceremony hosted in Leeds during February. Eight-year-old James Driver, from Rothwell, and six-year-old Noah Banks, from Selby, were given a special honour for embodying Jane’s ‘Never Give In’ attitude.

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Is paperless the answer to being a more sustainable business?

Very recently, Jeremy Hunt stated that going paperless “would save NHS billions”. It’s a bold statement and particularly topical in this economy – Arena's Neil Maude gives us his top tips on taking the paper out of your office.

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Questioning the Cost of Purchasing

Arena’s Neil Maude explains how to spot some commonly unrecognised and costly pitfalls in the way organisations source, purchase and pay for goods and services.

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Arena Wins Top Spot On National Framework

Arena is celebrating this month, having achieved the kudos of being accredited as number 1 supplier to UK housing associations through a prestigious national framework after winning a place as the recommended supplier with the National Procurement for Housing Consortium (PfH), opening up new sales channels worth well over £1million.

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Records management and the BSF storage conundrum

BSF buildings take learning to a new height but sometimes neglect critical support functions and the paperwork they curate. Arena's Lisa Butterworth explores the options for schools that need to manage the reduction of a large paper document archive.

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Records Management in Schools #1: Developing a Records Management Policy

In a series of articles, Arena’s Neil Maude looks at the practical application of the rules surrounding records management in schools. In this first edition, Neil explains the requirements surrounding a records management policy and how you might approach its creation.

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Top Customer Tools on the Arena website

If you are in a hurry and don’t have time to contact our call control team, or you want to request supplies and service from Arena outside of working hours then our website is the place to be.

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Printer ink that is pricier than champagne?

For many households and businesses, inkjet cartridges are considered a necessary expense but research by consumer organisation Which? has found that they can be pricier than Dom Perignon champagne. Arena’s Group Sales Manager, Gary Putson, provides advice on steps you can take to get best value.

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5 top tips for selecting a Managed Print Service provider

There are so many different packages currently on the market under the guise of ‘Managed Print Service’ (MPS) that making a purchase can be complex and fraught with risk. We’ve set out a simple checklist of key pointers to help you ensure that you are getting the genuine article.

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Guidance on records management for schools

This month the IRMS published the fourth edition of its Records Management Toolkit for Schools.

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York High School on Document Security

We recently spoke to York High School to find out about their new strategy for managing pupil records securely in line with BS10008. They told us that it has delivered a host of other unexpected benefits including liberated storage space and speedier retrieval of documents.

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Shedding light on data protection – our top tips

Failing to comply with the Data Protection Act can land your organisation with a hefty £500,000 fine - could you prove that you are in line with best practice?

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UK Paperless Office Dreams are Coming True

A recent by Kyocera Mita has revealed a massive 40% drop in the number of pages printed by UK office workers over the last 12 months. An average 10,000 daily sheets to 6,000 is not to be sniffed at so we've taken a look at the probable causes.

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A Lesson in Document Management from Bradford Grammar School

Bradford Grammar faces the same pressures as any business in the current climate – to give the best service to pupils and parents, for the best price. The school is gaining a major competitive edge with its intelligent document management strategy.

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Back to school - top tips for document management in education and beyond

Arena has a breadth of experience working with schools, colleges and universities. We are helping to solve a host of challenges currently faced by organisations operating in the education sector. Many of these are transferrable to other businesses and sectors so we’ve put together our 5 top tips to help you on your way along the path to better efficiency.

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