Becta has announced the appointment of four provisionally approved suppliers for the Home Access programme.
Launched by Prime Minister, Gordon Brown in January 2010, Home Access is a government programme managed by Becta. It aims to ensure that more children in state-maintained education in England have access to technology at home to support learning.
Becta will work closely with the suppliers to ensure the effective supply of Home Access packages to eligible learners.
All suppliers have gone through a stringent accreditation process in line with EU-compliant procurement methodology. The first six suppliers achieved approved status for the Home Access programme in December 2009, and the four new suppliers are:
Suppliers will not achieve ‘approved’ status until they successfully negotiate the mobilisation process by 6 April 2010.
Stephen Crowne, Becta chief executive said: "Gaining access to a computer and the internet at home will be a huge step forward for many children and families across England. By working with suppliers to provide quality services, we are confident that we can deliver a programme that meets the needs of learners today."
Evidence shows effective use of technology boosts a child's achievement and the Home Access programme strives to make England one of the first countries in the world to ensure every young person has access to a computer and internet at home.