Merton gets on the grid in pole position

The borough is first in London to sign up schools web grid

Merton has set the trend in the capital by becoming the first London borough to connect to the London Grid for Learning (LGfL).

The council signed up on 22 April to the largest educational computer network in the world, the result of joint work involving 33 London LEAs. When complete the Grid will link 2,500 London schools and 1.1 million pupils and teachers and offer them access to Internet based educational material at broadband speeds.

High quality educational material will be available for every subject at every level from Nursery right up to Sixth Form. It will offer a flexible way of learning as pupils and teachers will be able to access this material from their school, a public library or their home.

Funding for the LGfL comes from school budgets and is match funded by Merton Council.

Since the 22 April 14 Merton schools, Primary and Secondary, have been connected to the Grid. The government’s target is for 20 per cent of schools to be connected by broadband by the summer of 2002. However, Merton is aiming to have all its schools connected by the summer.

Alan Coode, Head Teacher of Gorringe Primary school, the first school to be connected, said: “The LGfL broadband network is taking the waiting out of using the Internet. The Internet has become a real tool for learning. The children can access interesting learning material in seconds.”

Sue Evans, Director of Education, Leisure and Libraries, said: “This represents yet another exciting initiative that shows Merton is leading the way in raising standards across all our schools.”