The Education Authority has signed an extension of its contract with Capita Managed IT Solutions to provide ICT services for over 1,100 schools in Northern Ireland.

The two-year extension to the C2k EN(ni) contract, which originally commenced in 2012, is expected to be worth circa £60m and will run until March 2019.
The contract will see Capita continue to provide a managed IT service to every primary, post-primary and special needs school in Northern Ireland, delivering services to over 350,000 users. Key C2k services continuing to be delivered include a cloud based network designed to create a dynamic, future-proofed and flexible service that will give schools increased access to learning resources and enable teachers and pupils to better collaborate and communicate. This includes G-Suite for Education and Office 365. Other services include an online catalogue of hardware and software and topical literacy content via the online NewsDesk service.
John Collings, EA director of Education, said: “We are delighted to extend our contract with Capita. Our partnership over the last five years has enabled us to deliver a range of IT services and solutions to all NI schools. The use of technology has seen great results throughout NI schools with improvements in grades, attainment and behaviour.   This extension will ensure continuity of service and enable schools to continue to develop and further embed their use of ICT to support teaching and learning both within and beyond the classroom.”
Ed Brown, managing director of Capita Managed IT Solutions, said: “This is tremendous news and is a real vote of confidence by the Education Authority in our ability to provide a first class, robust and resilient service. Over the past five years we’ve worked closely with schools across Northern Ireland to deliver a huge range of IT services, enabling them to introduce innovative technology solutions to improve teaching and learning.”