Procurement and the new academic year

Posted on November 1st, 2019

Why Cognassist is an essential part of your procurement planning.

With the new academic year underway and a new cohort of learners now settled in their courses, thoughts turn to the next round of budget and business case planning for new solutions and services. In most cases, learning providers are likely to need services and products sourced from commercial suppliers. This can lead to a long, drawn-out procurement process and, at the very least, complex business case preparation. In this post, we present some very good reasons for adding Cognassist to your list of must-have learning needs assessment solutions.
Asking the right questions at the start has the potential to lead to long-lasting, mutually beneficial partnerships like the one we have with the early adopters of our solution. A poorly informed process can be frustrating and lead to poorer outcomes for all. As a supplier, we have been involved in a wide range of procurement processes but they all start with the same key questions:

Do you really know what you want?

Sounds basic. You need to improve your retention and achievement rates and improve the quality of support to all your learners, regardless of need. But with a host of other things to do, does supporting additional learning needs (ALN) get pushed down the list of priorities? Why not ask us in for a discussion or attend an online demo? We can make sure that you get the right information to the right people so your organisation makes the right decision for its learners.
Perhaps our solution can do more than you thought? Our clients tell us we have improved retention rates and that the support they give to learners with ALN is now much better with Cognassist. Are our solutions and services relevant to you? Could they provide even more value than you’ve previously thought?
Also, with systems developing so quickly don’t assume that what you saw 12 months ago is up- to-date. We’re continually improving our systems and services so is there something new just around the corner?

Are you buying more than one system?

In the apprenticeship training sector we often meet leaders of organisations that have a long shopping list of solutions and a limited budget to buy them with. But with the recent introduction of the OfSTED New Inspection Framework and its increasing focus on SEND, can you afford to push data-driven cognitive assessment and personalised learning solutions for learners with ALN down the list? Couple this with the fact that Cognassist enables access to learning support funding at the rate of £150 per learner, per month, and we think we’re an ‘essential’ not a ‘nice-to-have’. So you’ve evaluated the market, spoken with potential suppliers and compiled your requirements and now must build a business case?

What should you include in your business case for Cognassist?

  1. Do talk about the fact that we’re the leading supplier of cognitive assessment at scale and at low cost compared to face-to-face assessment
  2. Do talk about the fact that we now have over 90 leading learning providers as our clients and that they have transformed their services to learners as a result
  3. Do talk about the fact that Cognasssist enables providers to access learning support funding a the rate of £150 per learner per month – the solution pays for itself
  4. Do talk about the fact that Cognassist identifies hidden learning needs across the 8 domains of thinking and learning – not just on literacy and numeracy
  5. Do talk about the fact that the recent DfE guidance on ALN and reasonable adjustment mandates reasonable adjustments are made when required at End Point Assessment (EPA) and that Cognassist reports include essential guidance on reasonable adjustments.
  6. Do talk about the fact that we also offer applied neuroscience support and training as part of the package so you can be sure we’re increasing staff confidence across the sector
  7. Do talk about the New Inspection Framework and its increased emphasis on SEND. Note that Cognassist clients tell us that we have helped them identify learner starting points and improve their retention and success rates.
  8. Don’t just take our word for it. Take a look at what our learners and clients have to say in the Resources section of our site here.

Meanwhile, feel free to contact us at any time if you need help with your procurement planning and process. Good luck!

Posted on November 1st, 2019
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