Despite Becta's planned closure, the Department for Education has agreed that Becta should proceed to completion with its current ICT Services Framework One. The framework, which covers Infrastructure/Mobile Connectivity as well as ICT Service Integrators, promotes responsible purchasing of ICT to schools and colleges.
Commenting on the news, Dr Stephen Lucey, executive director Strategic Technologies, Becta said: "It has always been Becta's aim to provide educational institutions with the appropriate support to help them make strategic investment decisions regarding ICT to maximise the benefits and reduce any associated risks. We are therefore delighted that the DfE has given its approval for us to complete work on the new ICT Services Framework One.
"Framework One will support schools and colleges who will now have greater freedom when it comes to determining their ICT needs. Our framework will make the whole process of procuring ICT much simpler and quicker and will give them access to a broad range of approved suppliers.
"It will provide value for money and will help reduce their procurement costs. It will also help drive greater reliability of their ICT systems, generate efficiencies and reduce bureaucracy."
ICT Services Framework One will be available for schools and colleges to use from the end of October 2010.
After the award of the framework, the agreements will be passed from Becta to the DfE, which will take on the framework contract management responsibilities for the full term of the agreements.