There was an intriguing procurement notice in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) on 17th Feb 2009. (All major public sector buying must start with a notice published in the EU Journal under European Law).
The DCSF notice states:
"The Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) is tendering for a single provider or consortium to establish nine regional ICT Support Centres to deliver high quality, innovative continuing professional development to primary and secondary ICT teachers across the country. The aim of the Regional Centres is to improve the quality of ICT teaching to bring the subject into the 21st Century, building on the knowledge and skills many students gain from using computers in a wide range of settings and encourage more pupils to continue studying ICT/computing post-16.
We are looking for innovative and creative solutions. The Department is wishing to contract with a lead organisation for a period of 2 years with an option to extend for a further 3 years."
According to the information pack for bidders £2.65m is allocated in 2009/10, and £3m the year after.
The contract should be awarded in June this year. It will be interesting to see who will take the job on!
Thanks to Alan Day for the info