Government launches education ICT tender

The Crown Commercial Service has launched a tender worth up to £300m for a framework to provide ICT to schools and other educational institutions.

The four-year framework will be open to UK public sector bodies to obtain ICT solutions and specialist educational ICT goods and services.

It will replace the Becta ICT services framework which was let in October 2010 and subsequently transferred to administration by the Department for Education.

The tender said: “The scope of requirements is expected to cover the full range of ICT goods, services and solutions operated by educational institutions including design, specify, supply, integrate, implement and test, training, support and maintenance (all together as a packaged solution or in any combination required by customers).”

Solutions which will be provided will include hardware, software, networks, peripheral equipment, user devices and mobile connectivity. Fixed line broadband connectivity is not covered.

Providers will be expected to provide both new build solutions as well as integrating solutions into existing ICT environments.

Crown Commercial Service reserves the right for an electronic auction to be held by Public Sector bodies during further competition among the suppliers appointed to the framework.

The closing date for responses to the tender is 17 December.

In September, London Borough of Lewisham launched a tender for suppliers to provide educational ICT solutions and specialist ICT goods and services to schools, councils and academies.

The council said it would allow all such bodies in Greater London to make use of the four-year framework.

Colin Marrs

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