More than 2,500 primary and secondary schools, libraries and other learning centres are to be connected to a£24m government-funded computer system, which is believed to be unrivalled in learning establishments. Students logging on to the network will get access to learning programmes tailored to age and national curriculum level.
Users can have a personal e-mail account and design their own on-line learning and homework folders. All users will get a free CD-ROM to take their school work away with them.
The scheme was agreed by the East Midlands Broadband Consortium which was created by nine councils.