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Local schools share resources for benefit of Somerset children

October 14, 2005

Competing to top the league tables is becoming a thing of the past at seven Somerset schools where pupils will benefit from a £138,000 investment in technology that will enable teachers across the area to share best practice, resources and lesson plans.

Under the move, Azzurri Communications, a leading communications and technology company, announced today that it will deploy its innovative TALMOS solution, making it possible for teachers to easily share and access lesson plans at the click of a mouse.

In addition, the new technology will provide a 24x7 learning environment whereby parents are able to play a greater role in supporting their children's education at home, enabling those with home computers to connect to resources that are being used in the classroom.

The initiative comes at a time when teachers are facing an ever-increasing workload outside the classroom.

Thanks to TALMOS, teachers in North Somerset will collaborate to reduce the amount of time they spend on routine lesson planning and educational resources will be shared for the greater good of local children.

Led by Gordano School in Portishead, the move is part of an initiative by the North Somerset 7 Federation of schools - which also includes Backwell, Churchill, Clevedon, Nailsea, Ravenswood and St Katherine's.

The schools share a common vision to move away from a position where they are seen as competing to fight their way to the top of league tables to a point where they recognise their shared and mutual strengths to profit from learning together.

"We are creating a shared electronic resource between the seven schools that will allow us to cooperate in the development of lesson plans and materials," said Gavin Ball, deputy head teacher, Gordano School.

"In the medium term, the solution should also allow parental and student access from home, for example, to access homework."

The North Somerset 7 Federation of schools chose Azzurri Communications' solution because it is faster and more reliable than Internet-based systems offered by competitors.

The schools were also impressed by Azzurri Communications' ranking as an Intel Premier Provider, and that the computer chip giant has been involved for more than a year in optimising TALMOS to operate on Intel server platforms.

Organisations wanting to find out more about Azzurri Communications' solutions and services for the education sector can telephone 08452 606022.


For further information contact:
John Butters
Bell Pottinger North
Tel: 01625 506444
Email: jbutters@bellpottingernorth.co.uk

Sarah Burdett
Azzurri Communications
Tel: 07976 952104
Email: sarah.burdett@azzu.co.uk

About Azzurri Communications

Azzurri Communications was formed in June 2000 with support from 3i and the Bank of Scotland and is currently made up of twelve strategic company acquisitions. Azzurri Communications is one of the largest leading voice and data resellers and managed service providers in the UK. Annual turnover stands at £90 million. There are 600 employees nationwide. Headquartered in Newbury, Azzurri currently has sales and support operations in Fareham, London, Kingston, Birmingham, Burnley, Hull, Leeds and East Kilbride.

Backed by leading manufacturers and networks, Azzurri provides solutions that include voice, data, consultancy, networking, digital print and mobile. Azzurri also provides education solutions plus consultancy such as in-depth communications audits for large corporations and comprehensive telecoms management services. For further information visit http://www.azzurricommunications.com


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