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Learning First for Bristol and Northgate Information Solutons PLC

Northgate Information Solutions plc (“Northgate”), the UK’s leading suppler of specialist software and IT services for the Human Resources, Education and Public Services markets, today announces it has won a contract to provide Information and Communication Technology [ICT] managed services to Bristol City Council as part of the Government’s Building Schools for the Future programme [BSF].

The 5-year contract, worth an initial £8.9 million is the first integrated ICT contract under the Government’s flagship BSF programme. BSF is the largest single schools capital investment programme for over 50 years. The aim is to rebuild or renew every one of England’s 3,500 secondary schools during the 15-year lifetime of the £45 billion programme. £2.1 billion has been assigned to the provision of ICT services.

Under the terms of the arrangement, a new Local Education Partnership – consisting of Skanska, Partnership for Schools and Bristol City Council will procure the ICT services of Northgate. The organisations will work together to deliver:

• 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;

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

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

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

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

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

Chris Stone, Chief Executive, Northgate Information Solutions plc, commented:

“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.

“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.”

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."

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For more information:

Fellows’ Associates
Kathy Sutton 020 7092 1801 / 07966 890401
Naomi Stevenson 020 7092 1803 / 07966 890403