The very nature of your role within your LA means that you have to play devil's advocate and I completely understand.
What I feel personally is that LAs have taken the government initiatives further than has been necessary and to their own advantage but with every large government IT project they have yet to fulfil the real need of the students and in many many cases this is not happening due to the lack of understanding on behalf of the contract winners IT partner.
It is yet another quagmire of consultants creaming off the taxpayers money and leaving BSF schools and Academy's with an IT system that is not fit for purpose and as one Academy principal has said "If I could get out of this IT contract today I would but I can't" and this is after £11 million has been procured for the IT.
In essence there will be LAs who have listened to what the schools have said along with the technical people within those schools and have come up with a design which gives scope for flexibility and doesn't tie the schools down with all the PKIs and contracts which really are not worth the paper they are written on quite frankly.
I could rant on for hours and give particular references but as I have said it has grown old and I am weary of this so please unless someone has actually managed to get their school out of the BSF IT contract with their LA then please post otherwise can we close the debate as it is meaningless like a lion with out teeth. :( :( ;)