Newcastle City Council is going to provide ICT managed service to the Building Schools for the Future programme (BSF) to support over fifteen thousand pupils and nine-hundred teachers, and protect valuable data ranging from the schools administration, personal learning paths and exam results 24 hours a day. < ?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
Implementation of the new ICT infrastructure will begin in January 2007 with a target completion of March 2009. The new ICT infrastructure will provide one PC to every three pupils, interactive whiteboards in each teaching area and a notebook for every teacher. The principles underpinning the ICT strategy are equality of access (to equipment and to content) to promote social inclusion, enabling individual competence and improvement, harnessing and developing new technologies, reducing the bureaucratic and administrative burden, facilitating communication, partnership and sharing of best practice and encouraging creativity and innovation.