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School ICT News Bulletin No. 211 - 09/11/2012

Published by ICT Shared Services

Norfolk Cloud Portal

In September ICT Shared Services advised you of the forthcoming introduction of the Norfolk Cloud Portal and the change to the screen you will see to log in to your Google accounts.  This will be launched on Monday 19th November.

The introduction of this portal enables Single Sign on for some common applications used in Norfolk schools. We have been working with a range of third party suppliers to allow our Norfolk Google NSIX accounts to act as the log in to their cloud based applications. This is designed to save you time inputting multiple passwords into various applications, reduce the number of passwords you have to remember and reduce account administration by yourselves.

All of the suppliers we are working with are endorsed by schools within Norfolk and have met a technical and curriculum criteria set by ICT and the Norfolk Integrated Education Advisory Service.


The Portal will launch with the following applications:

  • Google email & Apps
  • E2BN
  • Espresso
  • Purple Mash / 2 Simple
  • DB Primary
  • Brain Pop

There are many other suppliers that we are still working with and hope to be able to include on the Portal by the end of the year. 

What you need to do:

Google email & Apps / E2BN

All schools on the Norfolk Schools Broadband contract will automatically have access to Google and E2BN content as part of this package.  By clicking on the icon you will be able to access that application.


If your school has a contract with Espresso via ICT Shared Services, you will be able to access the application with no further action required.  

Purple Mash / DB Primary

If your school has a contract with one of the above companies directly, you will need to contact them and ask them to change your log in to use your Norfolk Google Account so that you can take advantage of the single sign on functionality the Norfolk Cloud Portal offers.


If you have a contract with Brainpop, you will need to contact our Service Desk at ict@norfolk.gov.uk to request this application is switched on for your school.


How can I nominate an application to be on the Norfolk Cloud Portal:


If you currently use a web based application within your school, which is not shown on the Norfolk Cloud Portal, and would like to have this considered for inclusion, please email ict@norfolk.gov.uk with details and we will liaise with the supplier to assess if they meet the criteria to be added on. 



Author: Tanya Allen