Becta has announced the publication of the OJEU (Official Journal of the European Union)notice for the first of two new procurement frameworks, focussing on the provision of effective learner centric ICT services for educational institutions.
These new arrangements which have been developed following extensive research with educational stakeholders have been designed specifically to:
help to ease the burden on institutional leaders
make more efficient use of teacher time
drive greater reliability of ICT systems with a clear focus to drive greater efficiencies of an operational, financial and environmental nature
The first of the two frameworks consists of two lots. The first focuses on infrastructure and mobile connectivity services, enabling customers to buy these core services individually or in combination.
The other lot focuses on the provision of ICT Service Integrators (ISI) for all ICT services. It is aimed at supporting those customers who require a supplier who can pull together and manage a supply chain effectively to cover all of their requirements. It is anticipated that this framework will available for use by customers in late September 2010.
A second framework covering Data Services (MIS) and Learning Services will be published at a later date.
More information here and here