School leaders and teachers share effective practice using Microsoft devices

16 December 2022

School leaders and teachers from across Northern Ireland have come together to share their professional experiences of using their new Microsoft Surface Pro 7 device.

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Leadership Conference

Over 350 people attended the joint Capita and Microsoft ‘Sharing practice with the Microsoft Surface Pro Device’ Conference held at the Titanic Belfast on Wednesday 14th December.

In total, 21,000 Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Plus devices have been distributed to primary and post primary schools, with a rollout to 93 statutory nursery schools recently completed. These devices provide fit-for-purpose, high-specification education hardware to best support the learning experience for children and young people.

As part of the ongoing commitment to support the significant investment in teacher devices, this conference focused on how to maximise the potential of the Microsoft Surface Pro device, explore their potential and support best practice teaching and learning.

Marianne Betts, Managing Director of Schools at Capita said:

“Significant investment has been made to embed technology in schools across Northern Ireland. But without empowering our teachers to use that investment, we won’t be maximising the impact in classrooms and for pupils. We’re continually improving learning environments.

“To do that well and meaningfully; collaboration and engagement throughout the schools’ system in Northern Ireland is key, helping us to deliver better outcomes for our families, communities and future.”


Frank O’Donnell, Microsoft Public Sector Director said:

“Microsoft is delighted that Microsoft Surface has been chosen for the Northern Ireland teaching workforce. This Leadership Conference provides us with the opportunity to demonstrate with Principals some of the incredible innovation and improved productivity already experienced since the introduction of the devices into schools earlier this year. 

“Our partnership with Capita and the Education Authority, in addition to our partnership with practitioners in schools, is very important to Microsoft. 

“We look forward to capturing the learning from this transformative programme over the coming months and years ahead to support our approach to working collaboratively and creating an intentional culture of innovation and learning.”

Helen Doherty, St Colman’s College Newry added:

“The new devices are very well used in the school. The implementation of One Note would not have been possible without the Surfaces Pros. We have a lot more flexibility around the delivery of staff training and can cater for large or small groups without the need to book a computer suite to deliver training. They have transformed the way that we go about our work.”

This device rollout forms an integral part of the Education Authority Education Information Solutions (EdIS) Programme, giving schools essential tools required in preparation for future developments. This work continues with most schools already benefitting from increased bandwidth and improved performance. The EdIS Wireless Project is currently in phased roll-out to give internet access throughout teaching and common areas in the school via a wide range of devices. This will be the largest single Cisco Meraki Wi-Fi deployment ever delivered in Europe.

Last updated: 16/12/2022