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5 July, 2006 - 16:21 By Staff Reporter

Northgate secures £8.9m contract to provide services to Bristol

Herts-based Northgate Information Solutions has won an £8.9 million contract to provide ICT managed services to Bristol City Council under the government’s 15-year, £45 billion, Building Schools for the Future programme (BSF).Herts-based Northgate Information Solutions has won an £8.9 million contract to provide ICT managed services to Bristol City Council under the government’s 15-year, £45 billion, Building Schools for the Future programme (BSF).

The five-year contract is the very first integrated ICT contract under the BSF programme, which aims to rebuild or renew every one of England’s 3,500 secondary schools and has £2.1bn earmarked for the provision of ICT services.

Chris Stone, Northgate’s chief executive, said: "The BSF project provides a great opportunity for Northgate. As experienced providers of education ICT services we believe we are well placed to win further BSF projects.

"We are delighted to be working with Bristol City Council on this ground-breaking education partnership. Through the intelligent use of technology, we wish to make education a rich and fulfilling experience for all the students of Bristol."

Councillor Jos Clark, Bristol City Council’s executive for children said: "Our future success depends on ensuring that we have a world class education system which enables both students and staff to maximise their potential.

"We are committed to innovation and to developing imaginative solutions to meet the needs of our communities. Good-quality, high-performing partnerships place us at the fore of developing learning environments fit for our future in which students can actively participate in the development of their learning."

Under the terms of the arrangement, a new Local Education Partnership consisting of Skanska, Partner-ship for Schools and Bristol City Council will procure the ICT services of Northgate.

The organisations will work together to deliver:-

o Personalised learning – customising the traditional methods of learning to provide an interactive environment with students actively involved and engaged in the direction of their education;

o Improved access to ICT for all students, helping to narrow the digital divide;

o ‘Anytime, anywhere learning’ – aimed at breaking down the barriers that exist between schools and local communities and promoting lifelong learning;

o Enhanced assessment – enabling teachers to respond more effectively to individual learning needs and use teaching methods most appropriate to meet those needs;

o Rising attainment levels – embedding innovative ICT into the learning process that can bring both enjoyment and attainment to students traditionally ‘turned off’ by education;

o Reduced bureaucracy – enabling teachers to focus on education rather than paperwork.

Northgate is a leading supplier of specialist software and IT services for the Human Resources, Education and Public Services markets.

It employs more than 3,200 staff and has approximately 2,700 large/medium customers and approximately 6,500 SME customers across the UK and Ireland.

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