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Further Information — EA Strategic Partner Services and Schools Management System Solution The Education Authority (EA) has a requirement to procure a Strategic Partner, to provide services including a School Management System (SMS) for Nursery, Primary, Post Primary, Special schools and EOTAS centres. The Strategic Partner will be required to deploy, support and manage a modern architecture, technical infrastructure and secure services for schools. These services will improve the learning experience of our young people, supporting teaching through technology, develop skills for the future and support the EA and its educational stakeholders to improve educational outcomes. EA previously undertook pre-market engagement (in accordance with the Prior Information Notices 2022/S 000-000690 and 2022/S 000-000689, published in Find a Tender) to explain and seek supplier views and feedback on (inter alia) its potential approach to procuring and contracting the Strategic Partner services and SMS solution and services. EA has now decided to procure the Strategic Partner services and SMS solution and services as a single contract. EA will shortly embark on a tender process for this contract via the Competitive Procedure with Negotiation. It is currently anticipated that in addition to the period required to successfully complete the transition of services from the existing supplier to the new supplier, the contract will be for a maximum period of ten (10) years. A PIN was published on 7 March 2022 to inform potential suppliers - https://www.find-tender.service.gov.uk/Notice/006191-2022 on the future requirement. 08/03/2022 SP and SMS - PIN Notice - 006191-2022.pdf