Informationand contacts

26th March 2004 at 00:00
Seek advice

* Your local authority: It may be committed to one product, but there could be someone who knows more than you.

* Becta: The Government's education technology agency won't tell you which products to buy, but it'll help you with your approach to decisions. Go to;rid=153 for advice. A full list of management software products is available at

Becta's purchasing advice service offers advice and consultancy on all aspects of ICT procurement:

There are good examples and case studies of reducing bureaucracy at;id=2157

* Other schools: a good source, but needs time and care. Get lots of examples and professional judgment.

* Suppliers: Good firms won't dazzle with technology. They'll work through the issues, defining your needs, and then they'll try to convince you that their product is the one that fulfils them best. You be the judge.

* Department for Education and Skills: Try the IMS strategy website at for good pointers on how the Government sees management ICT developing. There's a link to the strategic document 'Fulfilling the potential' at schools. For progress on the integration of admin and curriculum systems, see


* Early Years and Primary Teaching Exhibition Manchester, The G-MEX Centre, May 14-15

* Special Needs North, Reebok Stadium, Bolton, May 24-25

* Wales Education 2004, Cardiff International Arena, May 27-28

* Special Needs North Show, The Reebok Stadium, Bolton, June 24-25 or

* SETT 2004,(Scotland and the North's educational technology exhibition), SECC Exhibition Centre, Glasgow Sept 22-23 www.ItScotland,org.uksett

* Special Needs London amp; The Education Show London, Olympia, Sept 30-Oct 4

* Early Years amp; Primary Teaching Exhibition London Business Design Centre, Islington, London, Oct 1-3.

* North West Regional Exhibition amp; Conference The Premier Suite, Reebok Stadium, Bolton, Oct 14-15.

* Nasen amp; TES Special Needs Exhibition, Business Design Centre, Islington, London, Oct 22-23

* Early Years and Primary Teaching Exhibition, SECC Exhibition Centre, Glasgow, Nov 19-20

* BETT 2005: Olympia, London, Jan 12 - 15, 2005

* Special Needs Fringe: Hilton Hotel, Kensington High Street, Olympia, London, Jan 12-14, 2005

MIS suppliers

* Capita's SIMS

* Serco Learning's Facility

* Pearson's Phoenix

* Bromcom's e-School MIS

* RM's Integris

* Wauton Samuel's Pupils Administration System goes some way towards being a full MIS, written in Microsoft Access. It has a group of enthusiastic users.

* Connetix Ltd's Learning Environment

* Ramesys' Assimilate Adopted by Lincolnshire LEA

Other contacts


Sleuth from The School Software Company

RM offers a similar solution as part of its Integris management software.


Radun's Sentinel www.radun.comeducation.html Tel: 01685 887600

Easy Trace Tel: 01962 795014

Truancy Call Tel: 0870-046-4246

Registration Bromcom Tel: 020 8695 8000

TASC Software Solutions

DfES advice on e-reg systems

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