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National Learning Grid

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 11 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the decision to discontinue the national learning grid. (84161)

The National Grid for Learning (NGfL) was always a time limited strategy which was developed to deliver 1. a structure/architecture of educationally valuable content on the internet and 2. ICT infrastructure, services, support and training. The NGfL strategy evolved into the ICT in Schools strategy and now the e-Strategy: Harnessing Technology—Transforming Learning and Children’s Services, published in 2005 and lodged in the House of Commons Library. The e-Strategy takes the NGfL vision a step further looking at a much bigger picture for improving the entire education system and children’s services capacity to make best use of technology to achieve better outcomes for children and learners.

The British Educational and Communications Technology managed the NGfL portal as part of the overall NGfL strategy. A combination of overlaps with other online services—e.g. Teachernet and Curriculum Online, and the need to simplify brands and service, resulted in BECTA integrating the NGfL portal into its own online service. Visitors can search for specific educational content both through the BECTA online service and Curriculum Online.