Council’s IT deal

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Superfast broadband initiative Digital Region has signed a £1 million five year deal with Sheffield City Council.

The deal will result in savings of up to £545,000 for the city’s 160-plus schools and give more than 65,000 pupils access to the best broadband speeds available.

City council cabinet member for children, young people and families, Coun Jackie Drayton, said: “Young people across South Yorkshire can experience the next generation of communications technology, giving access to Internet services that are not yet available in most schools elsewhere in the UK. It is vital we give our children the best start in life and learning is such an important part of that.”

Southey Green School deputy head Dave Dickinson said his school had experienced significant benefits immediately it was connected to the Digital Region network.

“Students can access the internet quickly and engage in media rich work that is far more advanced than our old system could support,” said Mr Dickinson.