Quark today announced a new education scheme and discount prices for the UK at BETT 2007.

The company says it has developed the new scheme, with discounted pricing, to target "the specific needs of educational communities, including schools and higher education".

"Quark recognises the importance of improving standards in education and in providing young people with skills to improve their future opportunities," said Mark Green, Quark education business manager, Northern Europe.

The company has worked with schools and higher education institutes to develop schemes to match their needs. The new schemes are:

Schools Program

The Schools Program is specific to schools and sixth-form colleges and offers two different options. The School Licence can be installed on every computer in the school for a fixed price of £1,750. The Classroom Licence is for smaller groups and costs £35 per user, with a minimum purchase of ten users. A set of Teacher Support Materials have been developed and are included with both the School and Classroom Licences. Materials are based on Key Stages 3 and 4 of the National Curriculum.

Higher Education Program

Under this deal, institutions get Teacher Support Materials and discount pricing. Qualifying students and teachers can purchase an Educational Licence for £99 (including VAT), rather than the standard £749 price tag.

Higher and further education establishments can acquire Institution Licences, with prices starting at £50 per user, with a minimum of two users being required. The per user price decreases as more users are added. For larger higher and further education institutions, there is also an annual subscription option, where the fee can be as little as £10 per user per year.

Quark also announced a strategic new relationship with the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT) and educational reseller, Ramesys, to supply XPress and supporting curriculum resources to the SSAT community at exclusive pricing.