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The Coalition Government is committed to a programme of reform that will turn government on its head, including taking power away from Whitehall and putting it into the hands of schools and Heads, who will no longer be treated as passive recipients of centralised services. This liberation, along with a need to reduce costs, creates an opportunity for a new paradigm for the provision of ICT in schools; one which can take advantage of the cost savings possible through smart adoption of cloud-based technologies and which can “square the circle” of greater local autonomy combined with greater affordability.
This paper outlines the “School in a Box” model for the provision of secure, flexible, affordable and resilient technology for schools. We explain how this approach will deliver more effective choice for schools and we describe the financial and performance benefits it can deliver. We share existing implementations and include reflections from some of our partners and partner schools.