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    And Graham is one person who I would approach if I needed any extra help with SIMS!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sivadam View Post
    And Graham is one person who I would approach if I needed any extra help with SIMS!
    Back at you Mike, although you have vast experience over me (In the kindest possible way!!!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtillbrook View Post
    Does anyone know whats involved in aquiring the ability to support sims for schools? There is some stuff on the Capita website about becoming a sims partner but its not very clear. The other thing we have been told is that the schools (who are at the moment supported directly by Capita but pay for the support through a borough agreement with Capita) would have to revoke thier current license and re-license?
    As nobody seems to have answered this...

    Schools do indeed have to revoke their current license and re-license. They have to be licensed with the company which supports them and this is a killer... big LA's receive huge discounts on their licensing costs whereas a single site school SIMS license is approximately £2000. You can receive a discount if you manage to have a few schools on your books but it won't be anywhere near how much the big LA's receive so in terms of offering SIMS support... it probably won't be very profitable initially.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarconia View Post
    ... big LA's receive huge discounts on their licensing costs whereas a single site school SIMS license is approximately £2000. You can receive a discount if you manage to have a few schools on your books but it won't be anywhere near how much the big LA's receive so in terms of offering SIMS support...
    Our SIMS Direct Licensing/Support costs were cheaper (though not vastly so!) last year than what our LA would have charged. I have not yet got our quote for next year but I am guessing that the same will be true!

    Sheffield is a big LA with only a handful of schools not on SIMS!

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