Winners of the 2017 ICT Excellence Awards for Northern Ireland schools announced

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Capita Managed IT Solutions and C2k have announced the winners of the third annual NI Schools ‘ICT Excellence’ Awards. The awards ceremony held last week at The Merchant Hotel in Belfast celebrated Northern Ireland schools that are demonstrating innovation in their use of technology in teaching and learning. 

The awards – established in 2015 – celebrate the innovative and collaborative use of technology in schools across Northern Ireland and the positive impact on students and their wider communities. This year, schools competed in three classifications, Primary, Post Primary and Special Educational Needs under one category – transforming teaching and learning through technology.

The awards are for schools that have used technology to transform their educational experience and improve the engagement, achievements and motivation of staff and students. The judging panel consisted of representatives from Capita, C2k, the Education Authority and an independent education consultant.

The winning primary school was Seaview Primary School, Belfast. The judges were impressed by the scope and range of the school’s use of technology to deliver outstanding educational outcomes. Seaview Primary School was also a finalist in the 2016 ICT Excellence Awards, and judges were delighted to see the further developments in the use of technology the school made in 2017.

Corrine Latham, Principal of Seaview Primary School, said: “I am delighted that Seaview Primary School has won the ICT Excellence Awards in the primary school classification. The school has undertaken a 3 year journey in its ICT strategy and I’m proud that the entire school community is involved and engaged in achieving the strategy. This award is a real testament to the hard work from the team at Seaview. We strive to make learning more engaging and have embedded technology in every aspect of our curriculum. The impact of technology on our pupil’s academic achievements, confidence, communication and well-being is tremendous, and I am very proud that this has been recognised by Capita and C2k.”

The winning schools in post-primary and special educational needs classifications were St. Cecila’s College, Derry and Arvalee School & Resource Centre, Omagh.

Steve Moss, Educational Consultant and Chair of the EN(ni) Innovation Forum, and who has judged the awards for 3 years, said: “It is an honour to take part in the awards as a judge. This year, like previous years, highlighted to me how impressive NI schools are in using technology to impact teaching and learning. In St. Cecila’s College I was impressed by how their technology strategy is embedded throughout the school and extended so every staff member is an IT specialist. Arvalee School was a pleasure to visit and it’s evident that their school is using technology fantastically in many forms, providing an outstanding educational experience for all its pupils.”

The schools awarded runner up status were: St. Macartans Primary School, Loughinisland, St. Colm’s High School, Draperstown and Cedar Lodge School, Belfast.

Tummery Primary School was also highly commended for its original and innovative use of cloud based ‘productivity’ technologies. Additionally, St. Mary’s Primary School, Portglenone was recognised for its excellence in its strategic approach to the use of technology in teaching and learning.

Tim Matchett, Head of C2k Managed Services, said: “C2k are delighted to host the ICT Excellence Awards for a third consecutive year with Capita. As showcased in previous year’s award entries, the level of innovation and use of technology in NI schools is remarkable. I would like to thank all of the schools who entered this year’s awards and offer my congratulations to the six 2017 finalist schools.”

Ed Brown, Managing Director for Capita Managed IT Solutions, said: “The ICT Excellence Awards are a fantastic opportunity for Northern Ireland schools to showcase their use of ICT in teaching and learning. Capita is proud to be part of that process. The prize funds awarded will help aid those schools in their future technology teaching and learning plans.  Congratulations to all those who entered, the three runner up schools and winners Arvalee School and Resource Centre, Seaview Primary School and St. Cecila’s College.”

The winning school in each classification will receive a prize fund of £2,500 to spend on ICT equipment from Capita.  The runner up in each category will be awarded a £1,000 fund. The 2018 NI Schools ICT Excellence Awards open on Monday 11th December 2017.

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