London Grid for Learning
“TRUSTnet creates the potential for the impact of LGfL’s services to be felt in classrooms across the nation.”
Brian Durrant, Chief Executive at LGfL
London Grid for Learning wanted to give over 2,500 London schools access to more exciting and interactive digital learning tools for less than a standalone solution, and to create a safe, online learning environment to access vital e-learning resources.
Virgin Media Business Digital Solution
We installed a Public Services Network (PSN) compliant, Wide Area Network (WAN) delivering speeds of up to 10Gbit/s, and a suite of robust security measures, including firewalls, filtering, integrated authentication, secure file exchange and cloud storage.
Ultrafast access to online learning resources like digital collections, VoIP conferencing and homework via the Cloud.
Digital aims and operational goals
One solution would be to revert to the dark ages of education, circa 1990, and stick to chalk and board. But we’re all agreed that’s a slight over-reaction.
Enter London Grid for Learning (LGfL). It’s a non-profit organisation and charitable trust that was established in 2001 to offer cost-effective ICT to schools across the capital.
Keeping children safe when they’re online has always been the number one priority for LGfL. So in 2011, when Virgin Media Business took over the contract to provide broadband to the 2,500 schools under LGfL’s purview, security was baked into our services.
Our solution was a high-speed, dedicated and secure PSN-compliant network, currently connecting up to 3,000 unique locations, over a million students and all 33 London local authorities.
There’s also virus and spam blocking, education-aware web-filtering, integrated authentication and confidentiality. That means teachers have the ability to not only regulate what students search online, but what they can log into, who they interact with, and how much of their personal information is shared.
LGfL now has the freedom and flexibility to offer schools the latest educational innovations, enabling full use of interactive whiteboards, VoIP conferencing and homework via the Cloud.
It’s enough to get even the most jaded teenager inspired and excited. The service also includes email for staff and students, file sharing, podcasting, secure cloud storage, web hosting and more.
Brian Durrant, Chief Executive at LGfL, states that there are “over 100 resource libraries available to pupils, such as the History of Computing and a searchable collection of over 60,000 professionally recorded music tracks – all of which can be accessed at the click of a button.” When you have finished with this document please recycle it.
LGfL is saving millions of pounds each year by combining the purchasing power of 2,500 schools. A classic case of ‘more for less’ in a time of austerity. The expectations of everyone are being exceeded.
“There’s never been a more important time to use London schools’ collective buying power to secure the best value services,” says Brian.
All of this has led to a natural development. LGfL and Virgin Media Business have created and refined a comprehensive solution for schools, which is now available to schools nationwide. Under the banner of TRUSTnet – a service also delivered in partnership with Atomwide – LGfL has recently reached its 100th out of London school and has no plans of stopping there. “TRUSTnet,” adds Brian, “creates the potential for the impact of LGfL’s services to be felt in classrooms across the nation, not only in the services it delivers now, but by supporting innovation in schools’ ICT and attainment for learners for years to come.”
The fact is 97% of London schools are happy with the service provided by LGfL and supported by Virgin Media Business, so why stop there? If more schools want to join, all we can say is: “welcome aboard”.