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.
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.
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.
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
Set up costs
5 over two years2
1 Of which £75 million ring fenced.
2 Includes running costs.
3 Includes £350,000 for independent product evaluations