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Raven NGfL Project Wins Second Major Award
Raven Computers’ National Grid for Learning schools project for Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council beat BT and BP Amoco Exploration to win a major national IT award at the Digital Britain Awards. This is the second award the project picked up, after it scooped a Local Government IT Excellence Award last year.

Awards host TV Broadcaster Michael Buerk presented Steven Mair, Barnsley Council’s Assistant Director of Support Services, with the award at a special London ceremony in June.

With a project contract worth £4 million, Barnsley Council has been working closely with Raven Computers to elevate Barnsley’s education standards for the new Millennium in order to attract the type of businesses that will kick-start then sustain the growth of the town.

Linking Barnsley’s 107 schools, plus libraries, community centres and special study locations known as ‘homework clubs’, the project allows pupils to benefit from the latest technology, such as Microsoft Office 2000 right from nursery age upwards.

Raven’s project design allows Barnsley’s pupils complete mobility – they can connect to their school network to access their own work and school resources from anywhere in the world via a PC connected to the Internet. This means they can carry on working when they get home from school, either from their own PC, or via a Homework Club, such as the one at First Division Barnsley Football Club.

The awards, which have the support of Patricia Hewitt MP, Minister of E-commerce, recognise and promote organisations who, through the adoption of digitally-based information, processes and tools are best exploiting the opportunities being enabled by Information Technology.

“Barnsley’s schools initiative is one of the most technologically advanced projects of its kind,” says Allan Wallis, Raven’s Managing Director.

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