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RM ties up IT school deal with Newham council

RM Plc has bagged a contract to supply computing and IT services to the London Borough of Newham. The deal, estimated to be worth about £53m over an 11 year period, is RM’s third government contract win this year for the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme. Under the new agreement, the firm will provide the services …
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Apr 2008
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RM to handle pupil data

RM Plc has been awarded a £16m extension on its contract to process pupil performance data for the Department for Education and Skills. The contract, which will run for five years, consolidates three previous arrangements under one consortium, headed by RM. The consortium includes RM data management subsidiary, Forvus. Other …
Mark Ballard, 05 Jan 2006
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RM satisfied by performance

RM PLC has said it is on course to hit its trading expectation for the six month financial period ending 31 March. The UK-based firm, which provides educational products to schools, universities and colleges, said "it is not yet clear" what the suspension of the BBC's free online education service, BBC Jam, will mean for the …
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Mar 2007
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RM buys into music

Education IT supplier RM Plc has bought a musical instrument supplier through a subsidiary. TTS Group Ltd, RM's arm that sells bits and bobs for classrooms, acquired Music Education Supplies for £1m. Most of the business of both TTS and its new acquisition goes to primary and nursery schools. RM has been merging its software …
Mark Ballard, 10 Aug 2006
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RM Group spends £4m to get into Europe

Educational technology specialist RM Group has acquired DACTA, and with it a mainland European presence, for just shy of £4m. DACTA, which recorded an operating profit of £570k on revenues of £6.5m in its last financial year, manages a pan-European network of resellers of branded educational resources. It is also the exclusive …
Lucy Sherriff, 22 May 2007
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The micro YOU used in school: The story of the Research Machines 380Z

If you’re a British techie of a certain age, there’s only one microcomputer that defines your first memories of computing at school. No, not Acorn’s BBC Micro – the Research Machines 380Z. While Acorn was still knocking up the Proton, the machine being designed as the successor to the Atom, and while the BBC was pondering how it …
Tony Smith, 13 Nov 2013
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RM stuffed by school cut backs

RM plc, who'll you probably know as Research Machines, has issued a profit warning for its second half. The company, the UK's biggest supplier of software, services and systems, to schools, says it's been hit by education establishments cutting their spending on IT and communications kit. The company also blames changes in the …
Robert Blincoe, 27 Sep 2001
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RM wires south west schools for broadband

RM plc today said it had completed the first stage of the £6.2m South West Grid for Learning Project to provide a managed broadband Internet access service to 165 secondary schools through the South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL). SWGfL is the first regional broadband consortium to complete installation of high speed Internet …
Drew Cullen, 08 May 2001
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Cambridge gives e-marking a tick

Cambridge Assessment, the non-profit exam marking offshoot of Cambridge University, has signed RM Plc to hook its freelance markers into a computerised assessment tool. RM will be paid at least £21m over five years to install and manage the system, dealing with exam papers submitted by about eight million candidates in 150 …
Mark Ballard, 02 May 2007
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Northgate expects education bonanza

Northgate posted bullish results yesterday, despite its HQ going up in a ball of flames last December. As well as destroying Northgate's head office and main data centre, the Buncefield oil depot fire also razed its emergency services division to the ground. It still managed to generate 62 per cent more revenue in the year to …
Mark Ballard, 06 Jul 2006
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School email's out across UK

7,500 UK schools using the email services of RM Plc, the UK's largest education technology supplier, have been without communications this week. RM's EasyMail Plus service collapsed last weekend during an upgrade it was performing to deal with mushrooming levels of spam. Billy McNeil, development director of RM Plc, said the …
Mark Ballard, 09 Mar 2007
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Industry vetted for school portals

Ten education suppliers have been given permission by BECTA, the procurement quango for education, to sell learning portals to schools and colleges. Like other framework agreements under EU rules, the Learning Platform Services Framework, allows buyers to spend large amounts of money at a whim with vetted suppliers without …
Mark Ballard, 04 Jan 2007
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Becta green lights open source software in schools, at last

Open source providers have scored a significant and timely victory to get their software into UK schools with an official government blessing. The Sirius Corporation revealed yesterday that it was among 12 software suppliers to have been awarded places on the £80m Software for Educational Institutions Framework (SEIF) agreement …
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Sep 2008
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Viglen wins Northern Ireland megadeal

Viglen has scooped the contract to run IT for Northern Ireland's primary schools. The deal runs for three years and is worth £26.2m, and is the fourth that Viglen has won from the Northern Irish education system, worth £50m in total. Under these contracts, the system builder-cum-education reseller will supply Northern Irish …
Drew Cullen, 28 Mar 2002

Dell finally switches on PC network in Glasgow schools

Dell has finished a managed education service piped to schools in Glasgow a mere four weeks after it was due. The PC firm's tardiness left children in 177 primary schools without computers for nearly two weeks. According to a spokeswoman at Glasgow City Council, schools were expecting to be using their shiny new Dell computers …
Mark Ballard, 27 Apr 2007
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BECTA snuffs National Grid for Learning

Education technology quango* Becta (British Educational Communications and Technology Agency) has eliminated the prime minister's prized National Grid for Learning (NGfL). NGfL was launched by Tony Blair in 1998 with a vision of getting all schools connected to the internet. The NGfL also provided educational resources for …
Mark Ballard, 05 Jul 2006
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RM profits from National Grid for Learning RM Plc reports "significantly increased demand" for its RM Window Box products including RM SchoolShare, following the introduction of the Government's plan to build a National Grid for Learning. RM, is the UK's dominant technology supplier in the UK schools sector. And it is set to …
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Becta's schools software scheme reported to EC

An advisor to Becta, the education technology quango, has complained to the European Commission about its procurement process for firms to provide online learning platforms and content to British schools. Of 119 suppliers who expressed an interest last year in tendering to supply Learning Platforms - personalised, online …
Mark Ballard, 08 Jan 2007
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Roll up for the System Builders Summit – in Monaco (hurrah!)

The fourth annual Integrators Forum (now called System Builders Summit Europe) takes place on May 16-19 in Monte Carlo. This will gather the top 200 system builders in Europe from 26 countries, representing more than 30 per cent of the European market. Microsoft, AMD, Seagate, Pioneer, ATI, Hitachi Avenet, and Nvidia have …
Drew Cullen, 26 Apr 2001