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Dear Wakefield City Council,

Can you please provide for me the answers to the following questions:

1. Do you provide traded services to schools in your area, or do you contract this out to another party that is outside the local authority? If so, to which?

2. Which school MIS (management information systems) providers do you hold support contracts or accreditations with, and for each MIS provider:
a) What is the nature of the current arrangement (a paid contract, an unpaid accreditation)?
b) When did the current arrangement begin and when it will finish (including any extensions)?
c) If a paid contract, under what basis did you procure it (e.g. directly, through a framework, via OJEU procurement, other)?

3. How many schools do you provide MIS support services to, and:
a) How does this break down by Primary Academies, Primary Maintained, Secondary Academies, Secondary Maintained, Other (incl. PRUs, SENs)?
b) How does this break down by MIS provider?
c) How has this total changed between 2018/19, 2019/20 and this year (say as at June 1st 2018 vs. June 1st 2019 vs. June 1st 2020, or any similar convenient dates)?

4. As part of your support to schools for each of these MIS providers, which of the following activities do you carry out (I am interested in whether the activities differ between MIS providers):
a) 1st line support
b) 2nd line support
c) 3rd line support
d) Implementations
e) Data audits / cleansing
f) Regulatory / census submissions
g) Server management
h) Main data hosting
i) Data backup
j) User training
k) Provide templates / configuration
l) Analysis of data / insight services
m) Resale of the software to schools (on a commission basis)
n) Hosting or arranging local user group meetings / events

5. What was your total traded services income from schools (for all servies) in 2018/19 and 2019/20?

6. What was your total traded service income for providing schools with MIS support for 2018/19 and 2019/20?

7. What is the current amount of de-delegated funding that you levy on LA-maintained schools (either in total, on a per school level, or a per learner level - whichever is easiest)?

8. What software or digital tools (learning, safeguarding or admin) do you provide to schools under the de-delegated funding allocation?

Yours faithfully,

V Prasad

freedomofinformation, Wakefield City Council

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freedomofinformation, Wakefield City Council

Dear V Prasad,

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000 - Request for Information

 

I am writing in respect of your recent enquiry for information held by the
Authority under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.

 

Please find the response to your request below.

 

1.    Do you provide traded services to schools in your area, or do you
contract this out to another party that is outside the local authority? If
so, to which?

Wakefield Council primarily provides Traded Services to schools via its
Traded Services website: [1]www.tradedservices.wakefield.gov.uk

 

2.    Which school MIS (management information systems) providers do you
hold support contracts or accreditations with, and for each MIS provider:

a)    What is the nature of the current arrangement (a paid contract, an
unpaid accreditation)?

b)    When did the current arrangement begin and when it will finish
(including any extensions)?

c)    If a paid contract, under what basis did you procure it (e.g.
directly, through a framework, via OJEU procurement, other)?

Wakefield Council does not hold any MIS School contracts and do not
provide MIS services to Schools.

 

3.    How many schools do you provide MIS support services to, and:

a)    How does this break down by Primary Academies, Primary Maintained,
Secondary Academies, Secondary Maintained, Other (incl. PRUs, SENs)?

b)    How does this break down by MIS provider?

c)    How has this total changed between 2018/19, 2019/20 and this year
(say as at June 1st 2018 vs. June 1st 2019 vs. June 1st 2020, or any
similar convenient dates)?

Wakefield Council does not hold any MIS School contracts and do not
provide MIS services to Schools.

 

4.    As part of your support to schools for each of these MIS providers,
which of the following activities do you carry out (I am interested in
whether the activities differ between MIS providers):

a)    1st line support

b)    2nd line support

c)    3rd line support

d)    Implementations

e)    Data audits / cleansing

f)     Regulatory / census submissions

g)    Server management

h)    Main data hosting

i)      Data backup

j)      User training

k)    Provide templates / configuration

l)      Analysis of data / insight services

m)  Resale of the software to schools (on a commission basis)

n)    Hosting or arranging local user group meetings / events

Wakefield Council does not hold any MIS School contracts and do not
provide MIS services to Schools.

 

5.    What was your total traded services income from schools (for all
servies) in 2018/19 and 2019/20?

2018/19 - £4,504,521

2019/20 - £4,334,277

 

Please note, the above figures do not include any income relating to the
Councils partnership with ENGIE for premises maintenance, cleaning or
catering services to schools. 

 

6.    What was your total traded service income for providing schools with
MIS support for 2018/19 and 2019/20?

Nil.

 

7.    What is the current amount of de-delegated funding that you levy on
LA-maintained schools (either in total, on a per school level, or a per
learner level - whichever is easiest)?

For 2020/21 financial year, the total de-delegated funding is £817,507
which is specifically for the free school meals eligibility service,
behaviour support service, trade union facilities, maintained schools
contingency fund and contribution towards the costs of the Council’s
statutory services.  This was consulted on and agreed with maintained
schools and Schools Forum prior to the start of the financial year.

 

8.    What software or digital tools (learning, safeguarding or admin) do
you provide to schools under the de-delegated funding allocation?

Wakefield Council does not provide any software or digital tools to
schools as part of de-delegated funding.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any further queries
regarding this matter.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Information Governance Officer

Information Governance Team

Legal and Governance

Wakefield Council

Tel: 01924 306112

E-mail: [2][Wakefield City Council request email]

 

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