Knowsley to roll out IT-enabled learning centres

Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council has selected RM to provide a managed IT infrastructure for seven new “learning centres” that will; replace its 11 secondary schools.

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Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council has selected RM to provide a managed IT infrastructure for seven new “learning centres” that will; replace its 11 secondary schools.

The council awarded the £18m contract under its Building Schools for Future (BSF) scheme – part of a £45bn government programme to rebuild or refurbish secondary schools across England and to ensure they have IT systems that support teaching and learning.

The contract will see RM provide a managed IT infrastructure in each of the seven newly built learning centres. The firm will also provide a shared datacentre and deliver a range of other services including telephony and electronic registration.

RM will provide the council with a “personalised learning environment” for its secondary school students – a key plank of Knowsley’s BSF plan.

This will be built on RM’s Kaleidos Learning Platform, which includes a school-wide content management system with tools for preparing, planning and delivering courses and lessons. It will also incorporate the company’s IntegrisG2 school management software.

Councillor Graham Wright, Knowsley's cabinet member for children's services, said: “With building work having just started on the first two of our new learning centres, confirmation of our IT contract with RM comes at an exciting time in our Building Schools for the Future journey.”

Earlier this year, Knowsley signed a £2.1m, five-year deal with Esteem Systems to upgrade its IT infrastructure across the authority. The contract – also a managed services deal – was aimed at saving £1m through increased efficiency.

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