Apple has won support from UK government technology in education agency, Becta.

Apple has been selected as a Becta Accredited ICT Service Supplier and a partner in the Becta Software Licensing Framework Agreement. Becta is the government body responsible for the development and delivery of the government's ICT strategy for education.

It's a very positive move for Apple, which holds 11.1 per cent of the UK education market, according to Gartner.

Apple does its homework

This is because being added to Becta's list means education customers can purchase products and solutions from Apple in the knowledge that they have been evaluated by the agency.

The move follows a "stringent and lengthy review process", according to Apple.

Becta's own website for the scheme reassures educators: "All Suppliers on this site are Becta accredited and have been through a rigorous and comprehensive testing process, demonstrating they can provide a high level of service. This means you can have the utmost confidence in using them."

Technology to enable learning

Speaking to Macworld UK recently, Apple's UK managing director Mark Rogers said the company's work with Becta was, "really beginning to gather momentum now".

Education professionals, he said, "need to fundamentally change the way they teach to make good use of the technology".

"It is about us providing solutions that provide the tools to let teachers teach and students learn. It's about ensuring technology is not a creative inhibitor, but a creative enabler."