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Nottingham children’s services 

Location: UK » East Midlands » NG

Nottingham City Children’s Services have decided to close down both City Learning Centres in the city - the South eLearning Centre and the North eLearning Centre - on March 31st 2011.

The services provided (all for free) by the centres to all primary and secondary schools in the city will disappear. Pupils and teachers in the city benefit from the centres’ expertise in teaching (and training teachers in) the use of new technologies. The centres are highly valued by the people they serve.
The facilities at both centres are enjoyed by upwards of 5,000 pupils and 1,000 adults each year - who will now have to pay for their training out of their schools’ budgets.

The 12 centre staff will be made redundant.

In addition, there are over 100 City Learning Centres across England that face the same fate. All are based in inner city areas and areas of deprivation, serving schools that desperately need high-quality computer-based education. It is estimated that 1,000 staff will lose their jobs nationwide.

The closure of the funding body Becta by the government has led to the removal of funding for City Learning Centres.

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