Teach First Chooses VC-NET Videoconferencing Solution for e-Learning

By Vc-net, PRNE
Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Technology Helping to Address Educational Disadvantage

LONDON, February 10, 2011 - The latest organisation to take advantage of VC-NET's affordable video
conferencing solutions is Teach First - www.teachfirst.org.uk - an
independent charity which works to address educational disadvantage by
training exceptional graduates to become effective, inspirational teachers
and leaders in schools in challenging circumstances.

VC-NET - www.vc-net.net - is a video conferencing, network and
managed services specialist. Founded in 2002 and with financial backing now
from MMC Ventures - www.mmcventures.com - VC-NET today provides its
innovative market leading video products and collaboration services to global
enterprises across multiple vertical sectors.

Following a competitive tender, Teach First selected a TANDBERG solution
from VC-NET. Matthew Horine, Head of IT at Teach First, explains: "Sharing
and learning is fundamental to Teach First, whether we are in the classroom,
communicating with our blue-chip business partners, or sharing best practice
with colleagues around the world. As the charity grows and our networks
develop, video-conferencing facilities will become an even more important
tool to keep our teachers, ambassadors and staff connected."

Executive Chairman of VC-NET, Chris Wade, comments: "Teach First chose to
work with us because of our experience with organisations such as TreeHouse,
the national charity for autism education, and our unrivalled understanding
of how to promote and adopt video conferencing internally. It's wonderful to
see video conferencing technology being deployed for such great causes."

The technology has progressed significantly and now offers a real, viable
and affordable alternative to face to face meetings. HD video conferencing is
at the heart of this, dispelling many of the old myths of poor quality."

One of the most exciting trends is towards a managed video conferencing
solution. Businesses are realising that video conferencing is an essential
business service that is easily outsourced in the same way that you outsource
your payroll services. For example, VC-NET can take an existing, or newly
purchased video system and register it to their Booked or Reservationless
bridging service. This gives the customer self service or assisted bridged
calls, to an unlimited number of endpoints.

Video conferencing is now suitable for board meetings, C level meetings,
global recruitment, education and collaboration across all industries -
removing travel down time and travel costs. Furthermore, because VC-NET is
accredited with all market leading video equipment manufacturers, it can
create the best possible video conference solution for customers.

At the core of its network VC-NET has implemented a number of
infrastructure products to offer clients the ability to roll out management,
reporting and gateway and bridging services without the need for expensive
on-site hardware or having to worry about scaling issues.

Video conferencing makes it easy to connect with people anywhere in the
world, making for example a CEO interview or company-wide announcement feel
more personal. Staff can put a face to a name and a voice, and convey their
message in the way they intend to.

VC-NET is now working with leading brands such as Jimmy Choo and Balfour
Beatty, as well as companies across numerous industry sectors, all of whom
are now taking advantage of the latest technology.

Visit www.vc-net.net or Twitter @VCnetVideocomms

Notes to Editors

Teach First is an independent charity which works to improve the life
chances of children from the most deprived backgrounds. In the short term it
does this by recruiting high calibre, motivated graduates and working to
place them in challenging schools while supporting them to become effective,
inspirational teachers. In the long term Teach First is creating a movement
of leaders who are committed to influencing change in education, from both
inside and outside the classroom. Teach First has developed a powerful
community of ambassadors which will grow to more than 1,500 this year,
working to improve educational, and life, outcomes for hundreds of thousands
of children.

Since launching in 2002, Teach First has recruited and trained increasing
numbers of participants - 560 entered the programme in June 2010, more than
double the 265 in 2005 - and is working to place 1140 graduates per year by

Teach First is raising the quality and profile of the teaching profession
and has made teaching in a challenging school one of the most prestigious
options for top graduates. In 2010, Teach First was ranked 7th in the coveted
league of Times Top 100 Graduate Employers. Interest in the programme
continues to grow amongst top graduates, with the number of applicants rising
from 3,000 in 2009 to around 5,000 in 2010.

In order to become a partner of Teach First and employ a Teach First
teacher, each school must meet certain criteria. Teach First schools must
have one of the following:

    - A first criterion based on the IDACI* - Teach First works in schools
      that have more than 50% of their pupils living in the lowest 30% of the
      IDACI, prioritizing those schools with higher levels of deprivation;

    - A second criterion based on attainment - Teach First prioritises
      schools with low attainment in regards to the 5+ A*-C (English & maths)
      GCSE measure. Teach First works in schools whose results fall below the
      lowest 30% of the national distribution;

    - Teach First also works in schools that have a Challenge status: either
      National Challenge or City Challenge.

    *Income Deprivation Affecting Children Index.

For more information contact VC-NET's UK Press Office:
Katie King - Email: katie@zoodikers.com , Tel: +44(0)1892-520123 or
+44(0)7525-727288, Twitter - katieeking

For more information contact VC-NET's UK Press Office: Katie King - Email: katie at zoodikers.com , Tel: +44(0)1892-520123 or +44(0)7525-727288, Twitter - katieeking

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