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1. Information: customer engagement survey about 16 to 19 revenue funding allocations
Supporting the delivery of 16 to 19 revenue funding allocations with good customer service is important to us. To help us understand when, how and why you use our products that support the 16 to 19 revenue funding allocations, we have produced a short survey.
We calculate 16 to 19 revenue funding allocations using a national funding formula. We receive the data to feed into these calculations at set points throughout the year and this largely determines the timelines of the delivery of your funding allocation. We will use your feedback from the survey to inform decisions on timings where possible, and improvements of our self-service materials. We will report back on our findings in the early autumn.
It shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes of your time to complete and we appreciate all responses. The survey will close on Friday, 29 September.
2. Information: new deal to help schools save cash on computer equipment
DfE has launched the 2nd in a series of aggregated procurements for schools buying new tablets, laptops or desktop devices.
Schools buying devices could save thousands of pounds by taking advantage of a deal developed by the DfE and Crown Commercial Services (CCS).
To take part, schools need to submit their requirements for new devices and send it to the CCS aggregation team by Friday, 6 October.
CCS will then work with suppliers to get the best price and notify schools after they award the contract on 10 November 2017. Schools can then place their orders in time for summer delivery and arrange payment at the agreed price.
You can view a webinar that explains the process in more detail.