New technology stimulates early pioneers and NCET, CET set up.
NDPCAL researches computer aided learning, microelectronics begins.
MEP stimulates teachers, LEAs, Industry, Government and MESU.
NCET researches and advises, name change to Becta, supports NGfL.
Becta grows, Harnessing Technology Strategy, Home Access, Becta closes.
SIMS was the first MIS for schools and was initially developed by Philip Neal, a teacher at Lea Manor High School, 1982 to 1983. His LEA (Bedfordshire County Council) further developed the product, which began being used by other schools in 1984. In 1988, a commercial company, SIMS Ltd, was founded to further develop SIMS. SIMS Ltd was acquired by Capita Group in 1994