RM wins academies’ contract

Education company RM has been announced preferred bidder for a framework agreement to provide technology to the Harris Federation of South London Schools. Under the three-year framework, RM will become sole supplier of ICT products and services to the federation's academies.

The framework is expected to be worth up to £5m to RM in 2010.

The Harris Federation of South London Schools is a fast-growing group of academies. Currently operating nine schools under the government's academies programme, it plans to grow to 25 schools over the next few years. With values around independence and operational federation the Harris Federation wanted an ICT supplier able to provide flexibly, responsiveness and innovation.

RM was selected for the framework to supply ICT to the federation's academies following an extensive competitive procurement process. The company will supply a wide range of ICT products and services, including software, systems and managed services, and it will implement and manage a central data centre serving all of the federation's academies.

Terry Sweeney, chief executive of RM, said: “It's very clear that academies will be a significant part of the educational landscape in the coming years. The Harris Federation is already well established as a leading provider of academies and, with nine schools already, is operating at significant scale. I'm delighted that RM has been appointed to work with the Harris Federation as their sole technology provider and look forward to partnering with them in the work of improving education in south London."