Derbyshire County Council has agreed a £2.2 million contract with RM Education, a leading supplier of ICT services to schools throughout the United Kingdom, to provide improved information management systems to learning establishments across the county.

The 5-year contract, with a possible extension for a further 7 years, will see RM Education’s online school Management Information System (MIS) solution, RM Integris, made available to all schools and academies across the region.

The project is supported by Derbyshire County Council, and schools will receive full training and support from its RM Integris accredited support team based at County Hall.

RM Integris is already being used by thousands of schools throughout the UK and will enable Derbyshire’s schools and academies to streamline and improve the management of their data.

172 Senior Managers from 104 local schools attended 7 roadshows held across Derbyshire during January, which were run by Derbyshire County Council and RM Education. It was a great opportunity for schools to find why Derbyshire County Council had chosen to partner with RM Education and understand the timescales for migration. Schools left the roadshows excited about the benefits of RM Integris over their current system and as a result, many schools have already placed an order.

The new software may also help schools to reduce IT infrastructure support costs, since the web-delivered programme eliminates the need for schools to maintain servers within each school.

Pupil data can be easily shared between relevant agencies with secure access rights, adhering to and satisfying the DfE and LA data requirements whilst reducing the burden on the school.

Andy Callow, Head of Information and ICT for Children’s Services at Derbyshire County Council, said: “We look forward to working with RM Education and the introduction of RM Integris to help us to support schools in using their management information systems more efficiently.”

Chris Munday, MIS Business Head at RM Education, added: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with Derbyshire County Council on their new MIS project. Derbyshire schools will now have access to an advanced software system which is already used by thousands of schools across the UK to make effective use of their data.

This data will not only help to inform school improvements but will also be instrumental in raising standards.”

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