Renewing Your MIS Contract Advice

 

If your MIS contract is coming to an end, it is very tempting to simply extend the existing contract. We have even heard that some suppliers are putting pressure on schools to do this without due regard for proper legal procurement processes.

Procurement law exists to ensure that public bodies, such as schools, spend public funds wisely and obtain good value for money.

Your school, academy or local authority will have financial regulations in place. These regulations ensure that when you buy goods or services for your school or academy you do not breach UK or EU procurement law. They also tell you under which circumstances you can:

  • buy a product or service 'off the shelf'
  • should buy under a framework agreement
  • need to get at least 3 competitive quotes
  • when to advertise a contract and run a buying process
  • when you must run a EU compliant tender process

The lifetime monetary value of a contract, including all additional paid for services such as training and support, is usually what determines what kind of procurement process you must run.Your school's MIS contract value is unlikely to be low enough for you to get away with simply extending the contract for another 3 years. Even if you are very close to the end of your contract and can't possibly manage without the service in place, you must follow procurement law. You can even buy the same product that you have had before but you must follow proper procurement proceedures.

 

Fortunately, you can buy school MIS quickly, easily and in full compliance with the law by procuring via a framework agreement that is recognised and recommended by the DfE such as Everything ICT.
 

Why use the Everything ICT Framework?

Everything ICT makes buying an MIS easier, faster and cheaper. It's free to use, fully compliant with procurement law and has a great 'customer first' approach.

Seckford Education procured its MIS via EverythingICT and gave us this 5 Star review.
"An excellent process, with all of the hassle taken out. I would strongly recommend."
Mark Burrow - Seckford Education

Before you extend your MIS contract

  • Check your school or academy's Financial Regulations
  • Make sure that you are not breaching EU Procurement law -see DfE guidance here
  • Talk to our procurement experts at Everything ICT

 

Free Data Protection Inset Training

It has been nearly four years since we all rushed to become GDPR compliant. And whilst you may have been very clear about what you need to do to protect personal data in May 2018 it is easy to for things to slip.

We are delighted to announce that our data partner, Data Protection Education, is offering free online webinars to help you refresh and refocus your practice around securing personal data.

These half-hour sessions are available completely free and will give staff a refresher on what they should and should not be doing as well as bring them up to date on current legislation and explore some of the Myths around Data Protection.

The webinars will run on January the 4th and 5th 2022  with four time slots available each day: 10:00 am; 11:30 am; 1:00 pm; and 3:00 pm.

These sessions are aimed at both the Data Protection specialists within the school and other members of staff that need to keep up to date without current legislation. The half-hour sessions will be non-technical but will also include a Q&A session with a panel of data protection specialists for those of you requiring a more indepth response.

Find out more and book your free session

Smarter ICT Procurement

E2BN’s Everything ICT procurement framework, offers ICT procurement that is compliant, convenient and cost-effective.
Neil Watkins of Everything ICT will be presenting at the DfE ICT Expo on 14th October.

Key topics will include: the challenges of ICT procurement for schools and MATs; why you need an ICT Strategy; and the benefits of mini-competitions vs direct awards.

Find out how Everything ICT can help you become a smarter buyer

Find out about the Expo and book your place 

Educational Recovery and Computing

The National Centre for Computing Education has developed a special curated collection of CPD, resources and wider support to inspire your teaching, improve your knowledge, inform your assessment and save you time whilst you address lost learning.

Find out more

Improve Cyber Security at your School

The Eastern Cyber Security Resilience Centre is the ''local' point of help and support with all things related to cyber security.
They are running a specific session for education leaders and staff on the fundamentals of cyber resilience. The session will also provide practical steps to improve cyber resilience at your school.
You can attend this free session in-person or virtually.

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