IT programme set to save UK schools £840 m

Technology in schools will be transformed and taxpayers saved millions of pounds, thanks to the national roll-out of an initiative that has already saved London schools an estimated £100 million in just three years.
London Grid for Learning (LGfL), a consortium of local authorities and schools, has announced the launch of TRUSTnet, a package of digital services and content powered by Virgin Media Business that will enable 23,500 schools across Britain to access the latest technology without complex and costly procurement procedures.
The deal will give schools access to ultra-high-speed broadband, school-specific security systems and a wealth of resources to supercharge the learning environment – from collecting homework via the cloud to hosting parents’ days via video conference.
Mario DiMascio, executive director, Virgin Media Business, said: “Our children are growing up in a completely connected world – preparing for jobs that haven’t been invented yet – so schools must be immersed in digital technology to prepare them for life beyond the classroom.  TRUSTnet make this experience possible for every single child in the country.
“As the UK leads the information revolution, it is this kind of investment in the next generation that will determine our future.  We already have a bigger digital economy than any other developed nation, but we must continue to lead the way in education technology if we’re to sustain this powerful competitive advantage in the global marketplace.”
By bundling ICT infrastructure, services and content into one simple and cost-effective package, TRUSTnet is forecast to save UK schools up to £840 million over the next 3 years.
The new contract, which is set to run until 2028, could have a total value in excess of £1 billion and will also allow schools to replace outdated infrastructure with the most advanced voice and internet technology available, enabling staff and pupils to bring their own devices, work remotely and receive content tailored to their individual needs.
The launch of TRUSTnet comes as Virgin Media Business prepares to launch Generation Tech, a state-of-the-nation study that will show the deep impact technology is already having in education, and what the future holds.

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