Feeds

Becta to save cash for schools

New framework to ease 'risk and burden' of ICT

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

The British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (Becta) has launched a new ICT Infrastructure Services Procurement Framework.

The framework is expected to save "tens of millions" of pounds for education institutions, according to Becta.

Around 16 suppliers will handle the framework, which covers system design, hardware and software acquisition, training, implementation, and ongoing support.

The EU approved framework is expected to reduce the risk and burden on schools and colleges.

A Becta spokesperson told GC News: "A computer could cost up to £1,200 and 60 per cent of that will be support.

"The framework offers a complete package which will reduce the risk and burden on individual schools," the spokesperson said. "We have also negotiated purchase prices, which means it will be harder to get it cheaper anywhere else."

Becta said schools and colleges which have embedded ICT into teaching can be assured the suppliers are able to make new and old equipment compatible, to reduce expenditure and disposal needs.

Executive director for educational technology Stephen Lucy said: "A concern expressed by institutions is the time and expertise needed to plan, purchase and operate an efficient ICT system which can benefit learners. The framework answers that concern while improving national standards and specifications."

The 16 suppliers are: Azzurri Communications; Centerprise International; Computer Systems in Education; Egton Medical Information Systems; Ergo Computing UK; European Electronique; Gaia Technologies; HBS Business Services Group; Linetex Computers; Northgate Information Solutions; Ramesys; Research Machines; Serco; Stone Computers; VT Four S; and XMA.

This article was originally published at Kablenet.

Kablenet's GC weekly is a free email newsletter covering the latest news and analysis of public sector technology. To register click here.

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Britain's housing crisis: What are we going to do about it?
Rent control: Better than bombs at destroying housing
'Stop dissing Google or quit': OK, I quit, says Code Club co-founder
And now a message from our sponsors: 'STFU or else'
Top beak: UK privacy law may be reconsidered because of social media
Rise of Twitter etc creates 'enormous challenges'
Ex US cybersecurity czar guilty in child sex abuse website case
Health and Human Services IT security chief headed online to share vile images
Uber, Lyft and cutting corners: The true face of the Sharing Economy
Casual labour and tired ideas = not really web-tastic
We need less U.S. in our WWW – Euro digital chief Steelie Neelie
EC moves to shift status quo at Internet Governance Forum
Oz biz regulator discovers shared servers in EPIC FACEPALM
'Not aware' that one IP can hold more than one Website
prev story

Whitepapers

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Backing up Big Data
Solving backup challenges and “protect everything from everywhere,” as we move into the era of big data management and the adoption of BYOD.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?