Primary and Secondary School 2019-20 FFT Aspire Subscriptions

Important information for schools regarding 2019-20 FFT Aspire subscriptions.

The Schools Forum decided in its meeting on 17 October 2018 to continue de-delegation from the Primary Phase to purchase FFT Aspire licences for all maintained Primary Schools for the 2019-20 financial year.  The Schools Forum decided again to not continue de-delegation for this purpose from the Secondary Phase.

Recognising the substantial saving that collective purchase brings, the Local Authority would again like to offer Primary Academy, Free Schools and Secondary Schools that wish to use FFT Aspire in 2019-20 the opportunity to purchase a subscription at a discounted rate through the Local Authority.  Another benefit of purchasing FFT Aspire through the Local Authority is the access to complimentary training sessions that are delivered by FFT trainers and support with administering school accounts.

Primary Academies/Free Schools

The cost of purchasing a 2019-20 FFT Aspire subscription for the Primary phase through the Local Authority is charged at £0.68 + VAT per pupil (based on the 2018 Autumn school census NOR).  Purchasing a Primary phase FFT Aspire subscription via the Local Authority can represent a saving of approximately 50% compared to purchasing directly with FFT.

Primary Academies/Free Schools that wish to purchase via the Local Authority must confirm by email to IMT-Traded@bradford.gov.uk by Friday 18 January 2019.  Primary Academies/Free Schools that do not confirm that they wish to purchase an FFT Aspire licence through the Local Authority, but still wish to access FFT Aspire after 1 April 2019, will need to purchase their licence directly from FFT at a substantially higher cost.

All LA maintained Primary Schools will automatically continue to be able to access FFT Aspire after 1 April 2019, therefore no further action is required by these schools.

Secondary Schools

The cost of purchasing a 2019-20 FFT Aspire subscription for the Secondary phase through the Local Authority is charged at £0.75 + VAT per pupil (based on the 2018 Autumn school census NOR) and a fixed cost of £525 + VAT.  Purchasing a Secondary phase FFT Aspire subscription via the Local Authority can represent a saving of approximately 20% compared to purchasing directly with FFT.

Secondary Schools and Academies that wish to purchase a subscription via the Local Authority must confirm by email to IMT-Traded@bradford.gov.uk by Friday 18 January 2019.  Secondary Schools and Academies that do not confirm that they wish to purchase an FFT Aspire subscription through the Local Authority, but still wish access FFT Aspire after 1 April 2019, will need to purchase their subscription directly from FFT at a substantially higher cost.

The Local Authority can only purchase FFT Aspire at the discounted price by the phase of education, therefore if the number of Secondary Phase Schools that decide to purchase FFT Aspire from the Local Authority does not cover the cost of purchasing the Secondary Phase FFT Aspire package from FFT it will not be financially viable to offer the service to Secondary Phase Schools.  It is therefore important that Schools confirm if they want to purchase FFT Aspire by the deadline of Friday 18 January 2019 so that a decision can be made as to whether Secondary Phase Schools will need to subscribe directly with FFT.


Action

Published: 14/12/2018
Audience: Headteachers, Members of SLT, Business Managers, Data Managers
Contact: Jonny Trayer

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