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Monmouthshire County Council Schools Information Management System (SIMS)

A Contract Award Notice

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Contract (Services)
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28 Mar 2022
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Transition from existing contractual model of perpetual licence of SIMS to local authority with associated support services, to software as a service model contracting directly with individual schools to provide SIMS and associated support services.

Total Quantity or Scope

Prior to the award of these contracts, the current provider -ESS- had a contract with the local authority under which it provided a perpetual licence to the local authority for the purpose of providing SIMS to the schools in the local authority's area, with associated support services. ESS has now served notice to terminate that contract and requires that, in order to continue provision of SIMS, individual schools must enter into direct contracts with ESS to receive SIMS as software as a service. In order to bring about the transition, the local authority will enter into a Facilitation Agreement "FA" with ESS under which nothing of value is received by ESS and no material services are provided to the local authority; it is purely an administrative arrangement to effect the transition. Each school in the local authority's area will enter into a School Contract "SC" with ESS for the direct provision of SIMS as software as a service, at substantially the same cost as before. The highest value SC is 29359.16GBP and the lowest value SC is 696.90GBP. The schools in the local authority's area whose governing bodies will enter into contracts with ESS are as follows: - Archbishop Rowan Williams CIW Primary - Castle Park Primary - Cantref Primary - Cross Ash Primary - Deri View Primary - Dewstow Primary - Durand Primary - Gilwern Primary - Goytre Fawr Primary - Kymin View Primary - Llandogo Primary - Llanfoist Fawr Primary - Llantilio Pertholey CIW Primary - Llanvihangel Crucorney Primary - Magor CIW Primary - Osbaston CIW Primary - Overmonnow Primary - Pembroke Primary - Raglan CIW VC Primary - Rogiet Primary - St Mary’s RC Primary - The Dell Primary - Thornwell Primary - Trellech Primary - Undy Primary - Usk CIW Primary - Ysgol Gymraeg Y Fenni - Ysgol Gymraeg Y Ffin - Caldicot School - Chepstow School - King Henry VIII Comprehensive - Monmouth Comprehensive - Monmouthshire Pupil Referral Service The local authority publishes this notice on behalf of itself and the schools listed above but is not acting as a central purchasing body on behalf of the schools. Additional information: Contract duration: 36 months The FA has no value Individual SCs have a value between 696.90GBP and 29359.16GBP

Award Detail

1 Education Software Solutions (London)
  • Reference: 008224-2022-1
  • Value: £29,359

Award Criteria

Ability to continue to provide SIMS 50
Continue to provide SIMS at Substantially the same price 50

CPV Codes

  • 72000000 - IT services: consulting, software development, Internet and support
  • 72260000 - Software-related services
  • 72268000 - Software supply services
  • 72261000 - Software support services
  • 72300000 - Data services
  • 72310000 - Data-processing services
  • 72320000 - Database services

Other Information

** PREVIEW NOTICE, please check Find a Tender for full details. ** Continued Explanation from IV.1.1 Further or in the alternative, neither the FA nor the individual SCs are subject to a requirement to carry out prior publication of a contract notice and/or any form of competitive tender, because the services can only be provided by one particular economic operator ESS, because competition is absent for technical reasons pursuant to Reg. 32 -2bii of the 2015 Regulations. This is because all of the schools in the local authority's area currently use ESS' SIMS product. It would take a minimum of 1 year to transition from ESS' SIMS product to another product, including implementation, testing, training staff and migration of data. To avoid serious disruption to the school's functions, that transition has to take place over the long summer holidays. ESS served 90 days' notice to terminate the current arrangements, shortly before Christmas 2021. It would therefore not be possible, in the timescales imposed by ESS, for schools to tender for and purchase an alternative product and transition to it, without suffering serious disruption to essential services which would affect the ability of schools to continue to function and which may require schools to close. Further or in the alternative, neither the FA nor the individual SCs are subject to a requirement to carry out prior publication of a contract notice and/or any form of competitive tender, because of urgency pursuant to Reg. 32 - 2c of the 2015 Regulations. The provision of an information management system is essential to the running of a school and a school cannot function without it. The notice to terminate the current contracts and the short timescale imposed by ESS were unforeseen by the local authority and the schools. Due to the short notice given by ESS, together with the time it would take to prepare and agree a specification and following a tender exercise to transition to a new product, the timescales for the open or restricted procedure, or competitive procedure with negotiation, cannot be complied with in the time available. It is intended in the future to advertise a competitive tender exercise for SIMS on an all-Wales basis, with award and transition to the new contracts resulting from such tender to coincide with the end of the 3-year term of the SCs entered into with ESS. Pre-tender market testing is likely to commence in the near future. (WA Ref:119981)