Capita IT and Networks launches the 2019 NI Schools ICT Excellence Awards
Capita IT and Networks and C2k have announced the opening of the fifth annual ICT Excellence Awards. Primary, post-primary, special educational needs schools and EOTAS centres in Northern Ireland are invited to apply for an award under tow categories: ‘Transforming Teaching & Learning through Technology’ or "Overcoming barriers to learning by empowerment through technology".
The re-introduction in 2019 of an award for overcoming barriers is to explore and recognise how education establishments have overcame barriers experienced by young people whose particular circumstances make it difficult for them to access learning in other ways.
Established in 2015, the ICT Excellence Awards celebrate the innovative use of technology in schools across Northern Ireland and the positive impact this has on students’ learning outcomes and teachers.
Over the past five years, entries have showcased how schools in Northern Ireland are using IT to enhance their learning environments and achieve improved outcomes for their pupils.
The judges will be exploring how schools have transformed teaching and learning by the innovative use of ICT and how technology has improved the engagement and motivation of students and staff. In category 2, judges are looking to reward and education setting which has used technology to empower learners with special or additional needs.
The winners in each category will be awarded a value to spend in technology products from Capita’s online catalogue, with schools awarded highly commended status across all classifications.
Davy Richmond, education director for Capita IT and Networks, said: “Capita and C2k are once again delighted to announce the launch of the ICT Excellence Awards. Every year the awards give local schools the opportunity to exhibit their use of IT to enhance and transform teaching and learning experiences. The awards present a fantastic opportunity for schools to share their achievements with the teaching community and celebrate the great work they’re doing to develop the learning environment through the innovative use of ICT.”
Tim Matchett, lead manager, the Education Authority added: “For a number of years now the ICT Excellence Awards have provided a platform for schools to showcase the achievements they have reached for pupils, teaching staff and their local communities with the innovative use of technology. By introducing a new category for 2019, those schools and settings working with pupils with unique needs will have the chance to highlight the wonderful work they do daily, using technology to inspire and empower students to achieve more.”
Danielle Perry, Tor Bank School says: “I am very proud that Tor Bank School won an award for our innovative use of technology in the 2018 ICT Excellence Awards in the special educational needs school classification. The award recognised the hard work from all the team in Tor Bank and our pupils. We aim to make every learning opportunity possible for all our pupil’s unique needs. We have embedded technology across our school curriculum, supporting pupils to achieve outcomes they could not do without the use of technology. I highly recommend and encourage every school in Northern Ireland to apply for an award and showcase the impact technology is making on their pupils’ every day learning.”
Registration for the awards is now open and entries must be submitted by Friday 29th of March 2019. Finalists will be unveiled in May 2019, with winners being announced at the annual awards ceremony in June 2019.
Application packs can be requested on our website, where you can also view videos from previous finalists. Follow us on twitter @CapitaITN_edu for updates on the 2019 awards.