About LGfL

  • LGfL is a not for profit charity supporting over 3,000 schools, academies and local authorities with a mission to advance education
  • LGfL supports schools by delivering scale in procurement and the development of secure broadband, IT services, and curriculum resources
  • LGfL helps tackle inequality by providing disadvantaged children with secure access to great technology
  • Since its inception over 20 years ago, LGfL has saved schools over £300 million and has delivered some of the largest EdTech and cloud-based projects around the world

Case Study Overview

LGfL is a not-for-profit charitable trust whose mission is the advancement of education. That ambition involves providing a broad range of services aimed at energising teaching through digital platforms, providing safe online learning, and tackling social inequality to ensure that no child ever gets left behind.

One of the primary means of fulfilling its role is to save schools money through economies of scale in technology procurement. This is important at the best of times. But when the pandemic struck, and many children across the UK had to learn from home, access to devices became more critical than ever before.

The solution was to launch an ambitious national procurement effort called #BridgeTheDivide for up to one million Lenovo Chromebooks and Winbooks. By procuring at a large scale, LGfL intended to save schools millions of pounds and increase access to devices for children, enabling them to work more effectively from their home environment.

Working in partnership with Lenovo, CDW formulated a proposal to supply four different student-centric devices on both Windows and Google platforms, complemented by a range of peripherals. Stretching across 17 months, the solution also covered configuration services to be undertaken at CDW's 120,000 square foot National Distribution Centre in Rugby, along with device shipment to hundreds of schools around the UK.

CDW helped us save schools well over £10 million to-date. It has been a fundamental game-changer in the way that technology is procured for schools and has been a profound event that will have a long-term effect on the digital market.

John Jackson

Chief Executive Officer

Technologies Used

Technology Partner

Lenovo and CDW


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