There's been some good coverage of this on a number of sites, but alas, it looks as though John Pugh and the others' fears have proved well founded: just before Christmas Becta released the names of the companies that have won the framework contracts - as far as I'm aware none of whom are offering Moodle (or any other open source VLE) at present.
Becta's Stephen Lucy claims that "purchasers can be confident they are buying robust and sustainable technology and services which give value for money", which I suspect will be far from the case considering the amount that will be spent on licence fees.
They also claim that there was an "intensive evaluation programme covering technical, commercial, value-for-money and quality assurance elements" - such a shame that they didn't bother to look at impact on learning and teaching, eh?
Of course, there's nothing to stop a school or local authority running its own procurement process, or using Moodle in house - the decision as to which VLE to use will, I believe, rest with the headteachers (at least until BSF rolls out).
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