After signing a new schools IT services procurement framework with Virgin Media Business last year, the London Grid for Learning (LGfL) reckons it can save schools nationally around £840 million.
LGfL is a consortium of local authorities and schools, and has announced the availability of its TRUSTnet package of digital services and content to 23,500 schools across Britain. TRUSTnet is being delivered through the extended framework agreement with Virgin, which will last until 2028.
Through a package similar to TRUSTnet, London schools are said to have saved an "estimated £100 million in three years", according to Virgin Media Business and LGfL.
By bundling ICT infrastructure, services and content into one simple and cost-effective package, TRUSTnet is now forecast to save UK schools "up to £840 million over the next three years".
Brian Durrant, chief executive of the London Grid for Learning Trust, said: "TRUSTnet creates the potential for the impact of LGfL to be felt in classrooms across the nation, not only in the services it delivers now, but by supporting innovation in schools’ ICT and attainment for learners for years to come.”
Under the TRUSTnet banner schools will have access to "ultra-high-speed" broadband, school-specific security systems and resources to "supercharge the learning environment" - from collecting homework via the cloud to hosting parents’ days via video conferences.