Yes but that's a discount off the bill, it doesn't necessarily get you good coffee? And if it does taste like dishwater we'll probably still have people on both sides of the contractual fence claiming it's just like blue mountain.Quote:
If they serve crap coffee and the contract says they have to serve good coffee then there are penalties.
Like grumbledook, I look forward to the day a school is successful in its bid to achieve BSF funding without being part of a managed service. I don't hold out much hope however, having seen (as a Governor) how schools are 'leaned' on by the LAs.
As far as meetings with staff are concerned, it seems very little consultation has taken place with staff during the first few waves of BSF; I would like to think that this might improve with later waves, especially if school ICT staff stop burying their head in the sands and wake up to the reality of BSF and start to lobby their SMT and LA to be included in the discussions earlier and with greater involvement.
Also, be wary of the SMT that tells you they won't give in to BSF.... most will, when the Director of Childrens Services & LA tells them to. They won't put their jobs on the line to save yours ;)
In any case, the managed services provider will have taken into account the chances of a school losing the network & them having to pay penalties and inflated their bid price to insure against having to pay out :)