Find out more below about copyright licences for schools and how the local authority purchases licenses for the majority of schools in the Borough, for their management information systems (MIS).
The Department for Education (DfE) provide licences from the following copyright management organisations (CMOs) for all primary and secondary state-funded schools in England:
The majority of maintained schools in the Borough use the SIMS Management Information System (MIS) from Capita.
The Local Authority has an arrangement to purchase a licence centrally for all schools who use SIMS. The Local Authority then re-charges schools later in the financial year for their share of the central licence.
This is determined from the Number on Roll at the school, plus costs for any additional modules that the school wishes to add on to the standard package that the Local Authority has subscribed to.
The Local Authority will write to each school in November/December to confirm the licensing arrangements for the next financial year.
Schools are, of course, free to choose their own MIS and should take note of the DfE's guidance if they are considering selecting a new school MIS.
It should be noted that the Local Authority merely administers the purchase of the central umbrella licence. The Local Authority has no involvement in providing SIMS support to schools. Any technical queries to do with the SIMS software, patches and upgrades should be directed to the school's SIMS support provider or Capita itself.