Saving money by using e-office technology Bursar Sharon Wells of Marsh Hill Primary School is keen to see if e-office technology can save her money. DCSF procurement expert Claire Dicks accompanies her on a visit to Gonville Primary School in south east London which is well ahead of the field in its adoption of electronic office systems. Here she meets administrator Cheryl Gilbert who explains how she uses the OPEN system to order classroom essentials online, and tells of the benefits of using a cashless online school dinner payment system.
Headteacher Mark Ducker explains to Sharon and Claire what the MLE (managed learning environment) has done for the school, not just in terms of saving money but also in terms of the success of the school.
Claire suggests other ways in which e-office systems can improve the efficiency of the school, from paying for school trips online, to taking recruitment online, and then calculates the savings Sharon could make by adopting some of these systems. The figures are impressive!