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    Exam procurement update 2012 Exam procurement update 2012 Presentation Transcript

    • Title of the slideSecond line of the slide Exams Procurement Update Carl Johnson – National Procurement Manager Peter Brewer – CPC Managing Director 29th May 2012
    • Title of the slide IntroductionSecond line of the slide • What has happened in the past? • What are the issues? • What can colleges do? • CPC research into Exams • What can be achieved from a sector led approach?
    • Title of the slide What has happened?Second line of the slide • SFA – Produced a Toolkit – http://www.felp.ac.uk/content/procurement-awarding-exam- body-buyers-guide • Ofqual – Produced Research, guidance and has its General Conditions of Recognition – http://www.ofqual.gov.uk/how-we-regulate/138-economic- regulation-articles/347-examination-fees • CPC – Research and recommendations • AoC – Produced Guidance / feasibility study – http://www.aoc.co.uk/en/policy-and-advice/aoc-procurement- team/exams.cfm – http://www.aoc.co.uk/en/policy-and-advice/funding-and- finance-pensions/audit-tax-licensing-compliance/exam-fees.cfm
    • Title of the slide What are the issues?Second line of the slide • Exam spend is increasing but why? • Awarding bodies and Ofqual state that exam fees have only risen with inflation • Colleges are seeing their exam spend increasing above inflation • Hard to collect the granularity of detail to identify the route cause of the increasing spend – Please help us with evidence
    • Title of the slide What can Colleges do?Second line of the slide • Look at the process costs – Consolidated Invoicing – Late Fees • Be more commercially aware of exam costs (You have the spend) – New areas – Toolkit – Capturing natural switching points – Negotiate help with switching costs • Working Collaboratively – Rebates
    • Title of the slideSecond line CPC slide of the FEASIBILITY STUDY • Why conduct a study? • Methodology used • Problems encountered
    • Title of the slide CPC FEASIBILITYSecond line of the slide STUDY The recommendations 2.A framework agreement cannot be achieved. WHY NOT?
    • Title of the slide CPC FEASIBILITYSecond line of the slide STUDY 2. Build a database (owned and built by the FE sector) to show: – Full pricing across all Boards – All available discounts/ special offers – All late fees – Any other pricing information
    • Title of the slide CPC FEASIBILITYSecond line of the slide STUDY 3. Form a national negotiating body representing all interested bodies in the sector to: – Negotiate annual increases with the Boards – Act as a central body under which bodies of work in this area can be “commissioned”
    • Title of the slide CPC FEASIBILITYSecond line of the slide STUDY Potential projects for the national body: – Uniformity of payment methodology – Uniformity/improvement of training provision – Set up discounts and rebates – Explore potential service/ product improvements – Coordination of results from work undertaken by regional groups – Look into cross sector collaboration
    • Title of the slide CPC FEASIBILITYSecond line of the slide STUDY 4. Research the possibility of working with the DFE to include Schools/ Academies in the project to improve negotiating power with the Boards Note: Exams spend is around £1 billion, of that FE spend is £200 million.
    • Title of the slide What can be done on behalf of theSecond line of the slide whole sector? • AoC regularly meeting Ofqual alongside DfE. • AoC working with CPC on the feasibility of setting up a National Negotiation body headed up by the AoC • Some potential areas to tackle – Make pricing more transparent – Negotiate future price increases – Set up SLA’s – Standardise T&C’s and documentation
    • Title of the slide Summary & QuestionsSecond line of the slide
    • Title of the slideContact of the slideSecond line us • Procurement_team@aoc.co.uk • Helpdesk – 0808 178 1669 • FELP – www.felp.ac.uk – Exam Toolkit http://www.felp.ac.uk/content/procurement-awarding- exam-body-buyers-guideExam Toolkit – Exam Guide http://www.felp.ac.uk/content/exam-fees- improving-value-money