Date: 08/04/2008 Category: Learning and Achievement
Improved access to state-of-the-art online learning resources has become a reality for Medway schools with the launch of a major new schools ICT service. The first schools are already online now to the council supported learning platform provided by Uniservity, with many more expected to follow soon. Uniservity is a supplier accredited by British Education, Communications and Technology Agency (Becta) as having met the functional and technical specifications for learning services provision. Benefits include the efficient and effective delivery of 14 to 19 Diploma courses, ability to tailor teaching and learning materials to individual learners. Roll-out of the service to early-adopters, taking into account priorities identified in school development plans, began in May 2008 and it will be implemented in a further three phases, the last of these phases taking place in January 2009. Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services Cllr Les Wicks welcomed the move. He said: “This is a very exciting addition to the learning resources available to all our schools. “In particular, it’s a superb basis for providing the 14 to 19 Diploma courses that I believe are the most important development in education in recent years. “It will also have a huge beneficial impact on learning throughout Medway by realising the enormously important goal of personalised learning that aims to bring out the best in individual pupils. This spells the end of the one-size-fits-all approach, and the learning platform is making it possible.” It will enable Medway to meet a Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) target that all schools should have in place an integrated learning and management ICT system by 2010, as well as meet personalised learning targets set by the DCSF. Following a tendering process, Medway Council’s Cabinet approved on 29 January 2008 the award of the service delivery contract to UniServity.