To be completely honest, the entire academy conversion process is more complex than it needs to be. Thousands of man-hours have to go into the process for each school.
Not to mention, we found an awful lot of people involved had no idea about the process - especially at the LEA level, leading to delays and irritation for us.
I think the DfE should have been more robust in designing the process.
So, for those less "in touch" - The LA buys the Sims licences for schools in its area. School A becomes Academy A. As Academy A they have to buy their own licence. The LA now has a licence that isn't being used. Do they
a) throw it in the bin cause it was bought for School A that doesn't exist anymore
b) sell it back to Capita
c) re-use it when new School Z comes to them to for support.
If a) why can't they sell it on to Academy A. Sorry if that seems like a simplistic senario.
Answers on a postcard.
When that happens they sell back to capita for the same rate they paid for it....
Currently it sits around doing nothing until a new LA "school" is opened. No annual maintenance paid etc.
Our suggestion was 6 to 12 month grace. In fact it can be as low as 6 months and coincide with DfE-Buying Solutions' forthcoming Framework OJEU Tender for MIS which should be running by end of 2011. Schools/academies can utilise this Framework to procure their new MIS Software whether staying same supplier or change.
I assume members have seen DfE's notice: Information Management and Learning Services framework - The Department for Education
More importantly, if the MIS in use is 'good value for money' then the schools will stay with incumbent supplier in 6 months time anyway. It cannot be fairer than this. A short delay of 6 month will not prejudice the supplier other than delay in cash. Suppliers with large user base has the least to complain on this account!
We are daily in contact with schools. The message we are getting is very consistent - they have 1001 things to do in changing to become an academy and MIS is one thing that they rather did not touch for the time being! However they are confronting with a licence fee MIS and at this juncture schools are finding this far from helpful. Hence our reference that schools are facing to make a decision on MIS under duress.
From TES article (see below) we assume DfE is alerted to the situation and will make a provision in the procurement framework for schools converting to academy.
The other information you sought, you will find in the recent two TES editions as follows:
DfE seeks to break firm's stranglehold on back-office IT - News - TES Connect
IT company accused of 'excessive' profits - News - TES Connect
Last edited by BromcomPublicRelations; 15th June 2011 at 02:36 PM.
@BromcomPublicRelations - Can you confirm what you meant by a MIS? Does this include the finance package? Does this include the VLE? Or any other additional modules?
So all these schools have been through BSF in recent years and have managed service providers. These have BSF contracts for 5 or 10 years whereby the service provider supplies SIMS and SIMS support.
Then one of them becomes an academy. It now has to pay Capita 25k even though it is still paying for SIMS via the managed service contract, and in fact cannot take the upgrades/ support etc from Capita Direct which it gets for it's 25k because it is not allowed to touch the servers - they may not even be in the school...
How does that work then?
Can BSF schools go Academy? Anyone know if any of them have done this?
If a school has license directly with Capita, not via the LA, it would be transferred (ie Capita would replace School with Academy) for 200 notes. I would image however the contract is void when they become an Academy, depends on the contract really. Be interesting
PS: Not seen any quotes for 25k... yet, are they buy the entire of Capita lunch or something? For that sort of money I would want @PhilNeal will come down and personally do it for that sort of money
"Can BSF schools go Academy? Anyone know if any of them have done this?"
Could we maybe have some dim sum as well? And obviously proper deserts like bannoffee pie and stuff.
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