Not rising to Phoenix
Equally, the manner in which West Lothian carried out its comparative evaluation of SCETWorks and Phoenix is the business of West Lothian Council and not one other single soul. At no time has West Lothian made any remarks of any kind about other authorities' decisions regarding their choice of schools' administrative system. The simple reason is that we are not in the least bit interested in the business decisions of our colleagues elsewhere in Scotland.
We made our choice in good faith. The "idiosyncratic" evaluation was carried out in the way it was for very good reasons, reasons which we will be happy to share with anyone remotely interested in them. I doubt that we'll be knocked over in the rush for such information.
I wonder if the senior managers in the authorities named in the Phoenix User Group are happy to have members of their staff impugning the decisions of professional colleagues elsewhere in Scotland.
John Connell Policy development manager West Lothian Education Services Bathgate