CCS launches £550m education tech framework
Up to 100 suppliers sought for five-lot contract
The Crown Commercial Service is inviting bids from potential suppliers for a spot on a £550m framework through which educations institutions can buy a range of hardware and connectivity services.
The incoming deal has an estimated worth of £550m over the course of its 42-month lifespan. This is close to double the £300m worth of the outgoing framework. Unlike the ICT Services for Education vehicle, the new framework will also be split into lots.
- CCS merges four digital projects into one after another Crown Marketplace rethink
- Department for Education announces digital skills overhaul
- Warrington to offer schools ‘wireless-as-a-service’
The first of the deal’s five sections covers “ICT solutions”, which includes “the provision of a technology fit-out of a new school, existing and other educational establishments”. This lot effectively represents a “continuation of the existing scope and services” of the incumbent framework.
The second lot addresses the design and implementation of “broadband fibre infrastructure”, while the third is dedicated to “broadband services”. The fourth lot covers “hardware”, which includes machines and peripherals, as well as cabling and some networking kit.
The final lot addresses “audiovisual” hardware, such as electronic whiteboards, screens, and audio equipment – but not conferencing services themselves.
Once it goes live, the Education Technology framework will be open for use by “schools, training institutions, and further education institutions”, across the UK.
Bids are open until 21 January, and CCS expects to appoint up to 20 suppliers to each of the five lots. The outgoing framework has just 20 suppliers in total.
CDIO Jacky Wright recused herself from department-wide Office 365 purchase
Agency selects Deloitte, PA Consulting, and Cognizant for apparent ‘bench’ arrangements to provide on-demand personnel
Hanna Johnson of tech accelerator Public believes that transforming citizen services will require government to adopt new ways of buying and using technology
Launch of initiative follows troubled engagement with Capita
How can you stay ahead in the fast-paced world of digital technology? BT describes how it's a matter of focus...
The security threat landscape is confusing and changing rapidly – there’s so much out there, how do you understand where the true risks are? BT offers insight from their own experience
Organisations must alter their approach to cyber security recruitment in order to combat the global shortage of security professionals, writes BT
BT reviews an event looking at how man and machine are working together to drive digital transformation