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Well this is an interesting discussion. I would ta...

2007-08-30T07:25:00.000+00:00

Well this is an interesting discussion. I would take issue with this paragraph from Crispin.

"If you stick to small pilots supporting ‘pathfinder’ schools, then you should be able to keep your procurements small and relatively informal. Even the LA-wide ‘personalised online working space’ should come in very comfortably under the £140,000 threshold which would require you to hold a full



Hi Ian,Sorry to be slow in responding - I have jus...

2007-04-06T10:17:00.000+00:00

Hi Ian,

Sorry to be slow in responding - I have just come back from a week's holiday. Thanks for the blank sheet of paper. I have never worked for a Local Authority so I can't say I have insight into all the pressures under which you operate, so the following advice cannot be more than tentative.

I think LAs have two sets of problems: doing the right thing by the regulations and



Hi Crispin...Well, as you can probably imagine, as...

2007-03-26T11:08:00.000+00:00

Hi Crispin...
Well, as you can probably imagine, as we're not using the Becta framework I'm far less bothered than I might be if the LP framework goes belly-up due to a legal challenge - however I think my interest is in formulating a more balanced argument - one which comes from LAs and doesn't simply make the hard place (you describe them as being near) harder.
So what's



Hi Ian,Re. scaring the Local Authorities - 'scarin...

2007-03-20T20:49:00.000+00:00

Hi Ian,

Re. scaring the Local Authorities - 'scaring' is a bit emotive but yes, essentially you are right, I want to stop them 'calling off' under a deeply flawed and damaging framework, nor do I want them to be misled by Becta's very inaccurate statements about the platforms on that framework. You suggest that is unfair on the Local Authorities, who are caught between a rock and a hard



Hi Crispin, thanks for your post and for clarifyin...

2007-03-20T19:13:00.000+00:00

Hi Crispin, thanks for your post and for clarifying some issues. I'm aware that Alpha Learning (along with lots of other "smaller than Becta would have liked" companies) didn't apply for the Becta Framework, but I don't think your critique document is entirely the issue - it's the nature of the press release.
I don't think it's irrational to assume that the nature and wording of the press



Hello Ian,Having received many positive reactions ...

2007-03-19T20:06:00.000+00:00

Hello Ian,

Having received many positive reactions to the Critique, it is interesting to read the first negative review! Perhaps I can respond to some of your points:

1. Alpha Learning, being a small company, did not enter the procurement competition. As an active participant in Learning Services Technical Sub-group, I was very critical of many aspects of the specifications