To align our contracts with the academy financial year, we will be migrating to a September to August trading year for academies. Therefore, for this year only, all Academy subscriptions will be based on SLA packages for 17 months, which will run from 1st April 2016 to 31st of August 2017. Prices reflect this 17 month contract. Contracts will be invoiced in 17 monthly instalments, starting in April, therefore there will be no additional up front costs to move your contracts to this new timeframe.
Some services already run from September to August, these will be unaffected.
There are a few services which will continue to be on a 12 month contract because of service needs or because they are run by external organisations. These are CLEAPSS, Gloucestershire Governors Association and Fischer Family Trust.
Help sheet - how to use quick buy
How to find and use quick buy to buy the bulk of your services.
Future of Education Conference went down well
The Shaping the Future of Education in Gloucestershire conference took place at the racecourse
It was a full auditorium at our Education Conference on Tuesday 7th February @ The Centaur, Cheltenham Racecourse with over 450 delegates along to hear speakers including Rebecca Clarke - Regional Schools Commissioner, Simon Rowe - Senior OFSTED Inspector, James Richardson - Senior Analyst, Education Endowment Foundation & GCC’s Stewart King - Lead Commissioner for Education & Skills & Moira Pratt, Senior Manager (School Place Planning).
There was also an opportunity to meet & talk to staff from all of our GCC school support services throughout the day alongside the conference & over lunchtime & after the conference. If you have any further feedback we would love to hear from you. get in touch.
ICT launch new services - designed around you
This financial year the ICT schools team are offering newly designed packages.
SIMS Essentials – Is available to all Schools that wish to purchase SIMS Software Support only as the school has chosen to employ a Network Manager or external 3rd party ICT provider to be responsible for both their Admin and Curriculum network and ICT equipment. Please note that this package does not included emails, Internet issues, Trend heating or SAP troubleshooting.
SIMS Essentials Plus – Is available for Primary and Special Schools that wish to purchase the comprehensive SIMS Support package along with a 30 hour Break Fix contract for their current Admin workstations and Admin network. Please be aware that new installations of ICT equipment are not covered in your Break Fix hours but we are able to provide you with a separate quotation.
Whole School Support – Is aimed at Primary and Special Schools that wish to purchase the comprehensive SIMS Support package along with a 30 hour Break Fix contract for their current Admin workstations and Admin Network and a 30 hour Break Fix contract on the Curriculum network. Please be aware that new installations of ICT Equipment on either Admin and Curriculum are not covered in your break fix hours but we are able to provide you with a separate quotation.
Please note that your school is required to purchase one of the above packages if you purchase your SIMS License through the Local Authority. The SIMS licence price displayed on SLA Online also includes the cost for your FMS license. This License needs to be purchased alongside your chosen support package.
Still need to buy services for this financial year?
If you still need to purchase any services for the current financial year, Educational Psychology sessions or Library project boxes for example, please download the help sheet and follow the instructions.