RM deals

RM has announced a series of project wins.

Firstly, the company has been selected to provide managed ICT services to Derby City BSF programme. RM will provide the services as part of the Balfour Beatty Education consortium, which has been appointed preferred bidder for the contract (as reported in last week’s issue).

Derby City Council's BSF programme is part of wave 5 of the national BSF programme. It comprises 18 establishments (secondary schools, special needs schools and pupil referral units), to be delivered over three phases. Across the three phases, the contract is expected to be worth £35m to RM. The first three schools will open in September 2012.

RM will provide an innovative managed ICT service designed to improve attainment, expand learning opportunities, raise skill levels, and reach out to parents and carers. The provision of advanced ICT systems to individual schools and a City-wide learning platform will be underpinned by comprehensive change management and professional development programme.

RM also confirmed this week that it has reached financial close for an eight-year contract with the South West Grid for Learning Trust (SWGfL) to provide network and Internet services to schools and other education establishments in the South West of England.

RM will provide a comprehensive managed service, including core connectivity, infrastructure, essential e-safety and security, and day-to-day management and security. Customers will be offered optional services, including a range of email systems, content filtering technologies, web hosting environments, and media streaming platforms, as well as mobile connectivity and video conferencing.

Finally, RM has been chosen to provide managed ICT services for the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham's BSF (Building Schools for the Future) programme. The contract is expected to be worth up to £44m over eight years.

RM will provide a sophisticated managed ICT service to schools in Barking and Dagenham, including in-school systems, IP networking and an innovative e-Learning environment. At contract signature existing schools will benefit from interim services, with the first schools to have the full BSF managed ICT service going live in academic year 2011/12.

Terry Sweeney, chief executive of RM, said: "Our relationship with Barking and Dagenham goes back a very long way. We are delighted to have the opportunity to build on that well-established partnership by providing ICT services for their BSF programme.”