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Education and Employment Secretary David Blunkett has announced that some 8,000 schools will receive new informatio...
Education and Employment Secretary David Blunkett has announced that some 8,000 schools will receive new information and communications technology in the first stage of an ambitious programme set to change the face of classrooms in Britain.

Speaking at the National Union of Teachers conference in Blackpool yesterday, Mr Blunkett said:

'I am today releasing£100 million which will help enable schools to get wired up to the National Grid for Learning. The money represents the biggest ever investment in schools ICT in a single year and goes some way towards fulfilling our promise of modernising the classroom. It will provide the first stage of technical infrastructure underpinning the massive programme of teacher training in the curriculum use of ICT announced earlier this year.

'The Grid has enormous potential for improving attainment, for supporting our main goal of driving up standards in schools and for delivering material which is of immediate, practical and working use to schools. For example it will enable schools in Cumbria to build on a range of local initiatives including the CREDITS programme to promote community learning. It will also help to address the particular needs of rural schools by enabling them to access the county's Intranet system;

support Birmingham 'ICT Success for Everyone' approach to develop individual schools as contributors to the Grid and as centres of expertise able to support linked schools and the wider community, and;

support improvements to Stoke-on-Trent's schools' ICT resources and enable them to benefit from an innovative public/private partnership to develop multimedia learning resources. It will also help to fund the development of a network of ICT-based 'Open for Learning' facilities;

'I am pleased formally to launch the Virtual Teacher Centre and the Standards and Effectiveness Database on the Grid. We need teachers to be in the vanguard as we move into the information age. And, earlier this year we announced that the New Opportunities Fund would support£230m of training for teachers in the curriculum use of IT until 2002. These tools enable teachers to share ideas and good practice, to learn quickly from each other, and find out which schools are doing well and why.'


1. The Virtual Teacher Centre and the Standards and Effectiveness Database will give teachers and senior managers a new and rapid way of accessing essential information. They are both available on the National Grid for Learning website and enable teachers to disseminate good practice and measures which raise standards. They can be accessed at

2. The Virtual Teachers Centre will become a place for teachers to go for inspiration and help in raising standards. Its use will be evaluated in 1000 pilot schools. There will also be discussion with teachers and further development work leading to a fuller roll-out later in 1998.

3. The Standards and Effectiveness Database is being launched in parallel with Virtual Teachers Centre and will disseminate good practice and include information on target-setting, literacy, numeracy and bench-marking.

4. At British Education and Training Technology (BETT) '98 Mr Blunkett announced a lottery-backed£230m training programme to train all teachers in the effective curriculum use of ICT by 2002.


LEA Grant Allocation

Barking and Dagenham £622,000

Barnet £483,989

Barnsley £660,000

Bath & NE Somerset £350,000

Bedfordshire £920,000

Bexley £406,430

Birmingham £4,000,000

Blackburn £293,573

Blackpool £233,891

Bolton £750,000

Bournemouth* -

Bracknell Forest £196,886

Bradford £1,002,000

Brent £305,886

Brighton & Hove £769,000

Bromley £196,000

Buckinghamshire £1,250,000

Bury £393,713

Calderdale £179,278

Cambridgeshire £968,886

Camden £500,000

Cheshire £1,272,149

City of Bristol £763,657

City of Kingston-upon-Hull £540,171

Cornwall £978,576

Coventry £629,591

Croydon £480,000

Cumbria £1,500,000

Darlington £226,541

Derby £417,900

Derbyshire £800,000

Doncaster £489,288

Dorset £800,000

Dudley £2,000,000

Durham £1,300,000

Ealing £300,000

East Riding of Yorkshire £800,000

East Sussex £782,861

Enfield £220,000

Essex £1,713,684

Gateshead £431,215

Gloucestershire £750,000

Greenwich £500,000

Hackney £346,955

Halton £311,121

Hammersmith £300,000

Hampshire £2,201,797

Haringey £429,615

Harrow £348,208

Hartlepool £123,301

Havering £424,980

Herefordshire* -

Hertfordshire £1,957,153

Hillingdon £284,766

Hounslow £375,000

Isle of Wight £219,104

Isles of Scilly £10,412

Islington £500,000

Kensington & Chelsea £351,802

Kent £2,240,000

Kingston upon Thames £262,376

Kirklees £1,000,000

Knowsley £1,450,000

Lambeth £650,000

Lancashire £2,500,000

Leeds £1,700,000

Leicester £600,000

Leicestershire £997,900

Lewisham £435,377

Lincolnshire £978,576

Liverpool £978,576

Luton £374,087

Manchester £983,605

Medway Towns, The £456,300

Merton £294,293

Middlesbrough £300,000

Milton Keynes £396,465

Newbury £307,488

Newcastle upon Tyne £1,016,000

Newham £501,347

Norfolk £1,615,739

North East Lincolnshire £520,000

North Lincolnshire £200,000

North Tyneside £563,533

North West Somerset £293,573

North Yorkshire £969,671

Northamptonshire £1,500,000

Northumberland £489,288

Nottingham City £564,834

Nottinghamshire £1,406,000

Oldham £570,322

Oxfordshire £1,200,000

Peterborough £305,240

Plymouth £489,288

Poole £186,987

Portsmouth £346,000

Reading £210,368

Redbridge £493,733

Redcar and Cleveland £507,395

Richmond upon Thames £160,792

Rochdale £442,813

Rotherham £587,146

Rutland £56,412

Salford £547,274

Sandwell £405,882

Sefton £587,146

Sheffield £1,200,000

Shropshire £672,000

Slough £176,454

Solihull £460,000

Somerset £978,576

South Gloucestershire £533,455

South Tyneside £364,477

Southampton £500,000

Southwark £600,020

St Helens £700,000

Staffordshire £2,500,000

Stockport £1,000,000

Stockton-on-Tees £421,989

Stoke-on-Trent £500,000

Suffolk £1,454,693

Sunderland £587,146

Surrey £2,000,000

Sutton £241,484

Tameside £400,000

Thamesdown (Swindon) £341,942

Thurrock £224,640

Torbay* -

Tower Hamlets £400,000

Trafford £500,000

Wakefield £1,000,000

Walsall £559,690

Waltham Forest £391,431

Wandsworth £291,558

Warrington £401,364

Warwickshire £1,016,252

West Sussex £1,000,000

Westminster £241,604

Wigan £685,947

Wiltshire £489,288

Windsor and Maidenhead £268,168

Wirral £671,532

Wokingham* -

Wolverhampton £556,915

Worcestershire* -

Wrekin, The £322,792

York £300,000

*LEA has been invited to submit revised proposals.

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