The British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (Becta) has launched a new ICT Infrastructure Services Procurement Framework.< ?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
According to Becta the framework is expected to save 'tens of millions' of pounds for education institutions. Around 16 suppliers will handle the framework, which covers system design, hardware and software acquisition, training, implementation, and ongoing support. The EU approved framework is expected to reduce the risk and burden on schools and colleges. The framework offers a complete package, which will reduce the risk and burden on individual schools. Becta said schools and colleges which had embedded ICT into teaching could be assured the suppliers were able to make new and old equipment compatible, to reduce expenditure and disposal needs.