Document Actions

'Open source will save schools millions' - new report

MJO - Learning platforms and Microsoft 'Office' targeted for schools ICT savings

A local authority with 20 secondary and 120 primary schools could save up to £1.4 million a year by implementing a policy of open source software and content, and local authorities could cut their ICT costs by between 25 and 35 per cent according to Gary Clawson, chief executive of the North West Learning Grid.

His new report, "Open Services – Sustainable ICT for UK Schools", which includes contributions from John Bidder (Bolton Metropolitan Council), Mark Ellis (Wirral Borough Council) and Andrew Wild (Manchester City Council), reckons that the average secondary school can save £35,020 a year, and a primary school £6,300.