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Council Moves Forward with Classrooms of The Future

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames

24 December 2002

The London Borough of Richmond upon Thames is set to pioneer new educational methods via technology by moving forward with the Classrooms of The Future project. 

An assessment, carried out by the project managers, Atkins, Faithful and Gould, appointed to oversee the project in consultation with officers of the Council showed that the project objectives for three of the classrooms to be built could be achieved.  

The risks associated with the project were, however, high both in terms of financial security and potential for delays in the full project delivery. 

The classrooms of the future initiative in Richmond upon Thames is one of twelve nationally and has the potential to influence the future development of classrooms and teaching through the use of new technologies. 

The contract for the construction of the classrooms covered by this report is valued at £960,638.

Councillor Geoffrey Samuel, Cabinet Member for Schools, commented: “We are committed to delivering the best education for borough pupils. The Classrooms of the Future project will enable us to achieve this by using state-of-the-art technology to make learning a more interesting experience. This project is expensive, innovative and unique and is also high risk, but the money for it is provided by the Government and Ministers are committed to it. After considering the potential benefit to hundreds of pupils, we decided on balance to proceed with the project.”

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