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Government announces suppliers for education IT framework

Eighteen suppliers will provide over £500k worth of services and equipment to UK schools

The Department for Education has unveiled a list of eighteen suppliers that have been selected to provide up to £575,000 worth of ICT equipment and services to a range of education establishments across the UK.

Those set to benefit from the framework include schools, universities, colleges and academies. However, independent schools will not be able to purchase any goods or services.

The framework is divided into two lots, the first of which will see services provided to schools that include the core elements of a management information system (MIS).

This could include a single MIS product, or multiple elements combined to provide the core components in one integrated solution, and may incorporate curriculum management, communication tools, digital learning resource management and collaboration management.

The second lot covers the provision of learning services, which will allow education establishments to purchase goods and services to create a learning platform. It will be required that the learning platforms are able to share services with any MIS that is also procured.

Suppliers signed up to the framework include Bromcom Computers, Capita Business Services, CDSM Interactive Solutions, Civica, FrogTrade, Hinston House, ILD Manchester, itslearning, Learning Possibilities, Novatia, Pearson Education, RM Education, Serco, Studywiz, Tribal Education, UniServity, Wauton Samuel and Webanywhere.

In other news, the Department for Education has also confirmed that the unit charged with developing the technology in schools policy will no longer exist after April.

The move is a sign of the government not taking ICT education seriously, said Kevin Brennan, Labour's shadow schools minister.

"It is no good announcing a major overhaul of the ICT curriculum and then sacking the team responsible for implementing it," he said.

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