Edugeek wins BSF ICT Contract!
It could happen! DIY guide to winning an ICT Contract in BSF, Primary Capital Programme or Academy's.
There are two ways school technical staff can influence their futures.
1. Write and publish a 'dream' ICT Output Specification that describes the service you think BSF should be using the standard documents downloaded from Partnerships for Schools website. Persuade your local schools and Local Authority to adopt it.
2. Bid for BSF contracts yourselves:
2.1 Organise yourselves and form a limited company for around £65. Probably a good idea to get some investment on board, perhaps from the schools who want your services or suppliers that want to sell their services.
2.2 Find out which wave each LA is in, and target some that haven't yet procured.
2.3 Persuade LA's to seperate the ICT Contract as a seperate Lot in their procurement. If necessary get schools interested and apply pressure to LA.
2.4 In the meantime work up a good bid proposition based on your target LA's published Strategic Business Case and Strategy for Change, or ask for a copy under Freedom of Information.
2.5 Look for OJEU procurement notices for Academy ICT, BSF and 'express an interest' for each one you want to target. You will then be invited to submit a Pre Qualification Questionaire. Can be found and subscribed to at HERE)
2.6 Assuming you have the required financial bona fides and some good references (no problem for Edugeek members as its your stock in trade) you may receive an Invitation to Proceed to Dialogue (ITPD). Submit your bid and it will go through an evaluation by the LA and schools. Successful bidders will then receive an 'Invitation to Continue Dialogue' (ITCD). Modify and improve your bid which will be re-evaluated, and you may be lucky enough to receive an 'Invitation to Submit Final Bid' (ITSFB). This is it! If you are lucky you then get appointed as a Prefered Bidder (PB), and provided you can close the deal, you have the ICT Contract. Whole process around 2-3 years!
Note: Academies are usually tendered on a case by case basis so are a good first target in your area. There doesn't appear to be any money being provided for primary school ICT in the Primary capital programme. All ICT procurement must go through TED, so its worth getting using the RSS feed.
Just a thought!