Schools information management discovery

What’s the goal?

To produce requirements for a schools information management system based on school and local authority needs. 

What problems could the project solve for people?

The discovery (research) phase of this Agile project is exploring the possibility of a ‘once for Wales’ approach, where local authorities can share requirements for a new system. A consistent and clear set of data would present new opportunities for local authorities to work together.

Who’s involved?

The Welsh Local Government Association is CDPS’s partner in the discovery. CDPS will be working with schools and local authorities to agree upon a set of requirements for a sims.

What has CDPS done so far?

We’ve brought together a team of researchers, procurement specialists and education leaders. We’ve contacted the 22 local authorities in Wales to explain the discovery and invite them to take part.

What’s coming up next?

Over the next 10 weeks, our researchers will interview people who use a school information management system in schools and people in local authorities to deepen our understanding of user needs.

How does this work help deliver the digital strategy for Wales?

The discovery helps to deliver 3 of the strategy’s missions:

Mission 1: digital services

Deliver and modernise services so that they are designed around user needs and are simple, secure and convenient.

Mission 4: digital economy

To achieve our ambitions around high quality digital public services we need a digital economy that can support our public sector, but also a public sector which understands how they should work with the market to deliver what they need in a responsive and flexible way.

Mission 6: data and collaboration

Services are improved by working together, with data and knowledge being used and shared.

Blog posts

School management information systems – what we discovered – published 18 November 2022

Time to renew schools’ information engine – published 18 August 2022