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Curriculum Online

Volume 450: debated on Monday 16 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills on what date work on the Curriculum Online website began; and on what date it received its first hit. (91366)

Work began on the Curriculum Online website in May 2002. The site received its first hit in December 2002 when it was previewed by a controlled group of 50,000 users (teachers and suppliers) and was officially launched by my right hon. Friend the Member for Norwich, South (Mr. Charles Clarke) at the BETT show on January 9 2003.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what contracts and sub-contracts were awarded to set up and maintain Curriculum Online; and what the (a) value and (b) duration was in each case. (91367)

Over 100 individual contracts have been awarded over the last four years to support all the different aspects of Curriculum Online such as website design, infrastructure, portal development, hosting and distribution, eLearning Credits payment system, metadata schema, tagging tool, vocabularies, application support, technical standards, helpdesks, evaluation, user testing, consultancy support, registration and compliance, legal services, marketing and communications, copywriting/pr/web, design/creative, print/production, advertising, sponsorship/promotion, display materials, promotional video, exhibitions/events and so on.

Due to the scope of the request, we are unable to reply on the grounds of costs. We estimate that the cost of processing the request exceeds the disproportionate cost threshold (DCT) of £700.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the (a) set up costs were and (b) maintenance costs are of Curriculum Online. (91368)

The following table gives a detailed breakdown of both set up and running costs for Curriculum Online and eLearning Credits (eLCs) from 2002 to the present.

£ million

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

eLCs

30

100

100

100

1100

Set up costs

5 over two years2

n/a

n/a

n/a

Running costs

n/a

n/a

2.5

32.85

1.7

1 Of which £75 million ring fenced.

2 Includes running costs.

3 Includes £350,000 for independent product evaluations