RM chosen as ICT supplier for Newham BSF ICT project
11 Apr 2008
RM has been selected by the London Borough of Newham to provide ICT
services to the Borough's BSF
(Building Schools for the Future) programme. RM will deliver the services as part of the Newham Learning Partnership (NLP), a Laing O'Rourke-led consortium in which RM will hold a 15% stake and which has been appointed selected bidder for the programme. Newham's BSF
programme covers 15 schools and a sixth form centre, serving over 19,000 pupils.
The project, which is estimated to be worth approximately £53m to RM over eleven years, will provide a sophisticated and flexible managed ICT
service to Newham's secondary schools. This will include in-school systems and software infrastructure, a central data centre, and integration with the London Grid for Learning's managed learning environment. RM will also be part of Newham's LEP (Local Education Partnership), a public-private vehicle tasked with ensuring Newham's secondary school estate meets the challenges of the 21st Century to the benefit of all of Newham's learners.
Commenting on the contract, Tim Pearson, CEO of RM, said:
'Newham has a bold vision for education and we're delighted to be part of it. We have a long and successful track record providing innovative ICT
for learners and teachers in the Borough, most recently through the Achieving Through Innovation programme which has contributed to a real improvement in standards in primary schools. We're looking forward to working with education managers in the Borough and with Laing O'Rourke, our consortium partners, to help implement Newham's Strategy for Change.
'The momentum of the BSF
programme continues. This is the third project we've won since the beginning of the calendar year - ahead of our target and a clear indication that the quality of our ICT
proposition is widely recognised.'
Councillor Quintin Peppiatt, Newham Council's Cabinet member for Children and Young People, said:
'I am delighted that we have chosen a first class partner in NLP to work with us to deliver new secondary school facilities across the borough. We are excited that within a year we will start to see new school buildings that will allow our secondary schools to deliver a transformed curriculum for the young people of Newham.'
Tim Byles, Chief Executive of PfS, the government agency responsible for delivering the BSF
programme nationwide, said:
'We congratulate Newham on reaching this important milestone on their journey to transform education for school children and communities in the area. The new and improved buildings, facilities and technology will have an enormous impact on the life chances of every child in Newham for decades to come, and I look forward to charting the progress of this exciting scheme.'
1. Founded in 1973, the RM Group is a leading provider of educational products and services to schools, colleges and universities, local government and central government education departments and agencies. RM works closely with educationalists to create new products, processes and technology which improve teaching and learning. RM is listed on the main market of the London Stock Exchange under the symbol RM.L, ISIN GB0002870417.
(Building Schools for the Future) is the largest single schools capital investment programme for over 50 years. It aims to rebuild or renew every one of England's 3,500 state secondary schools during the lifetime of the programme. A key part of the initiative is to ensure that local authorities develop a sustainable, area-wide ICT
strategy for schools in line with the Government's personalised learning agenda: 10% of the funding is ring-fenced for ICT
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