The National Grid for Learning (NGfL) – a central feature of the government’s multi-million pound school computers initiative – has been scrapped.
The NGfL was launched by the Labour government in 1997 to integrate technology into mainstream education.
But government computer agency British Educational Communications and Technology Agency has revealed it is “exiting from the NGfL brand”. The NGfL web portal to educational resources is no longer available.
However, while the English and Scottish versions of the grid have gone, the Welsh version has been retained, and is still serving schools with a variety of resources.
The Department for Education and Skills said: “The National Grid for Learning was always a time-limited programme, developed to deliver a structure of educationally valuable content on the internet and to offer ICT infrastructure, services, support and training.
“The programme was superseded by the ICT in Schools programme which looked at the actual embedding of ICT to improve learning and teaching, and raise standards for all children and learners.”