Let's Bridge the Divide ... together
During this crisis a number of schools and Councils asked LGfL to help them respond effectively to rising technology costs caused by device shortages, inequality of equipment provision and disruption to the education of children. Whilst we don't normally provide classroom equipment, we decided that we couldn't stand idly whilst schools were under such pressure. Our charitable mission is, after all, the advancement of education.
"Bridge the Divide" is a huge national procurement, led by LGfL, for up to 2 million Chromebooks and WinBooks. By procuring at a massive scale, we are saving schools millions of pounds and increasing access to devices and technology for children, including those disadvantaged. The response so far has been inspiring. Please help us #BridgeTheDivide so we can make the biggest (& cheapest) ever device purchase ever for children. #Kit2Kids
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Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to tender?
No. LGfL has already tendered, using government frameworks, to achieve Value for Money. Contracts can be direct awarded to LGfL.
How is #BridgeTheDivide Procurement Compliant?
LGfL is a Charitable Trust owned by the London Boroughs and is a Contracting Authority that works with its members and wider organisations to promote and improve educational outcomes through the advancement of technology led innovation. To ensure compliance with procurement policy and legislation, LGfL conducted a procurement for and on behalf of all schools and local authorities in England and Wales via a Crown Commercial Services Framework Technology Products and Associated Services (RM6068 Lot 1 – LGfL reference DN479930), the results of which have been made available via the Bridge the Divide initiative.
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Schools and local authorities do not need to obtain further quotes from the wider market as the procurement conducted under the framework is compliant with procurement regulations. LGfL is investing significant resources to ensure that the Bridge the Divide offer continues to deliver the best value option for schools via a continuous benchmarking process. If you require any further information regarding the procurement please contact Terry Brewer (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Rob Yems (email@example.com).
Who is this offer open to?
LGfL tendered on the basis that all schools, Local Authorities and other education establishments would have access to the arrangements.
Can I still buy devices, even if I am not an LGfL school?
Yes, the offer is open to all School, LAs and other education establishments.
Is the price tied to a minimum volume and if I buy more is a discount available?
The great news is that LGfL went to market for up to 2 million devices. This means that everyone benefits from a great price achieved through aggregated procurement at a vast scale. This means that small schools get the same great price as very large MATs and Local Authorities.
Is leasing an option?
An option for schools to lease is possible. Please let us know on the Expression of Interest whether this is something you are interested in.
If I order, how long will it take for delivery?
There is a worldwide shortage and demand for Chromebooks and Winbooks. This is why LGfL is seeking to place a bulk order with the manufacturers so we can achieve the best possible pricing. The anticipated lead time on new orders is currently in 8-12 weeks.
Could a second outbreak of COVID-19 affect my order?
There is a chance a second outbreak of COVID-19 could impact fulfillment of devices globally, LGfL are working closely with partners across the globe to minimise any negative result and associated delays.
Are warranties included?
The equipment is covered for 12 months. An extended warranty for up to 3 years is available as an option for those schools that wish to purchase it.
My school is not currently using Google for Education, can I still purchase Chromebooks?
Yes, however, they can only be used as standalone devices and your school will not be able to manage them via a central console. In order to manage your Chromebooks centrally, you will need a Google tenancy and Chrome Management licences for your devices. If your school would like to setup a Google tenancy, the DfE are offering to financially support schools to transition to Google. Further information can be found on this link - https://schoolleaders.thekeysupport.com/covid-19/deliver-remote-learning/make-tech-work-you/digital-education-platform-hub/?marker=content-body. The grant form for financial support can be found on this link - https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc45tWnxrk0ZPyhEE4UioGAxDF_2eYNEuE3lLzY_P6Hpo8jxg/viewform
Do schools need a Chrome Device Management Licence?
A number of schools asked LGfL to offer then option of purchasing the Chrome Device Management Licence separately from the device which is why this is an optional charge. The advantage of the Chrome Device Management Licence is that it provides for updates, enhanced security and management of the devices. LGfL recommends discussing whether you purchase this option with your technician or IT support organisation.
Can schools buy help with commissioning of the devices?
Schools asked to have the options as to whether the machines were automatically commissioned prior to shipment or left to the schools own technical support service. LGfL is very keen that Third Party Support Organisations that support schools help with this approach and we are looking at ways of helping independent IT providers support schools with this programme. If schools would still like LGfL to provide support for commissioning then please select the “white gloves” service as an option.
Will the deal include higher spec laptops?
Schools asked us to focus on entry level devices. However, we will extend the offer to include higher spec laptops soon.
Will there be an option to purchase licences for Google and Microsoft? How would this work?
The intention is that Chrome and Microsoft will come preinstalled.
Do the supplied Chromebook options come with a valid ‘Google for Education’ G Suite device licence? If not is it the schools responsibility to supply one or does the individual require a personal ‘Gmail/Google’ account?
There is an option to purchase the G Suite Device Licence separately. We did this because not all schools wanted this installed up front. There is also an optional White Gloves service. However, schools may wish for their own teams, LA or 3PSO to do this.
Do the ‘Microsoft’ options require the schools to have a valid ‘Microsoft for Education’ tenancy or a valid ‘Office 365’ domain? If not is it the individual’s responsibility to ‘sign up’ to Microsoft for a personal annual costed account?
The devices will work out of the box, but if your school want your policies and access to Microsoft apps, you will need to link them to your Microsoft Tenancy
Does my school need a G Suite account to manage Chromebooks?
Chromebooks are managed through the Google admin console by enrolling a device using the Chrome Education Upgrade. To get access to the Google admin console, you can sign up for a G Suite for Education account here: gsuite.google.com/signup/edu/welcome. Alternatively, you can work with your IT provider of local authority who may be able to set this up for you. You can choose to turn off any of the Google services that you do not wish to use, therefore schools using O365 or other cloud platforms can still benefit from deploying managed and secure devices.
Do schools need the Chrome Education Upgrade?
The Chrome Education Upgrade allows you to;
- Lock devices so they can only be used on your domain
- Push apps & extensions to your domain or sets of users
- Enforce policies to keep children safe
- Administer exams at scale with kiosk apps The upgrade is a perpetual licence, meaning that it will last for the length of the device. As part of this programme, LGfL have secured best market pricing which you will have access to.
My school is new to Google / O365, how can we find out how other schools are using Google / O365 to advance teaching and learning?
LGfL is working alongside the DfE, Sheffield Hallam University and The Education Foundation to boost peer-to-peer support on the effective use of technology in schools at no cost. Further information can be found on this link - https://edtech-demonstrator.lgfl.net/.