UK schools to save £840m through Virgin Media powered IT scheme

Virgin Media Business is powering a new scheme that could help the education sector rack up savings of over £840 million over the coming three years.

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TRUSTnet, a scheme set up by the London Grid for Learning [LGfL], will enable 23,500 schools to take advantage of a new IT framework that is designed to take away the pain from the IT procurement process.

“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,” said Mario DiMascio, executive director of Virgin Media Business.

The deal will see Virgin Media Business provide a package of digital services and content that includes ultra high-speed broadband, school-specific security systems and a wealth of other resources that range from collecting homework through the cloud to hosting parents day using video conferencing.

It’s predicted that the new contract, which runs until 2028, could eventually have a value worth over £1 billion. It will allow outdated school infrastructure to be replaced with advanced voice and Internet technology implemented as well as BYOD policies for teachers and pupils thus allowing work to be done remotely and content to be received.

The LGfL is made up of a group of local authorities and school and was responsible for the London Grid project that saved participating schools £100 million over the three years since its launch in 2011.

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“When we established the London Grid for Learning over ten years ago, we couldn’t have imagined the impact it would have in enhancing education provision in the capital region – or that we would now be making these benefits available to every school in the country. TRUSTnet creates the potential for the impact of LGfL to be felt in classrooms across the nation – not only in the services it delivers now, but by supporting innovation in schools’ ICT and attainment for learners for years to come,” said Brian Durrant, chief executive of the LGfL.