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Schools ICT specialists Capita agree bumper contract

BY CLARE WEIR

A Newtownabbey company has scooped an £11.6m contract to deliver information technology infrastructure to schools and a council in England.

Capita Managed IT Solutions, formerly Northgate Managed Services, will work in partnership with the Leicester Miller Education Company (LMEC) and Leicester City Council to design and implement services which will enable learning from a range of mobile devices including laptops and tablets.

Schools will have extensive wireless networks and access to both locally hosted and cloud-based services, including Microsoft's Office 365 for e-mail and collaboration and Capita's MY-SCHOOL portal to support extending access to learning resources outside of the school.

Capita Managed IT Solutions already works with eight schools in Leicester.

Councillor Vi Dempster, assistant city mayor of Leicester, said the project represents Leicester's biggest ever investment in schools.

"With ICT playing such a pivotal role in a child's education, it is of the upmost importance that we ensure our schools have the capabilities and infrastructures to promote active learning environments and to improve educational outcomes in relation to teaching standards and student attainments," councillor Dempster said.

"I feel that the individual school solutions that Capita Managed IT Solutions has proposed will allow us to proactively achieve our educational objectives.

"The technologies that will be installed are innovative and hi-tech in design.

"They will offer our teaching staff an array of delivery tools and will do much to enthuse and encourage students to excel in their studies."

The schools that will benefit from this investment are New College, Babington Community College, Ellesmere College, Sir Jonathan North Community College, The Lancaster School, Keyham Lodge School, Millgate School, Moat Community College, St Pauls School, English Martyrs School, Hamilton Community College, West Gate School and Nether Hall School.

Chris Wiseman, sales director of education with Capita Managed IT Solutions, said that each school has its own unique ICT requirements.

"As a company we have extensive experience of the education sector and of its unique ICT needs," he said.

"I feel this experience has set us apart, and has given the Leicester Schools confidence in our ability to delivery robust and impactful ICT solutions capable of assisting teaching staff and pupils to achieve their education targets."

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