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£4m e-Schools deal to raise standards

By Graham Bardgett

An innovative £4m IT system is to enable data from 1,200 schools to be collected, analysed and stored centrally leading to new standards being set across Northern Ireland, it was announced today.

The technology, developed by Hewlett-Packard in partnership with local company Asidua, will process 720 million records over the next five years on critical aspects such as attainment, assessment and pupil attendance.

This will be the first time in the UK or Ireland that reliable data relating to Northern Ireland school performance will have been made available to education stakeholders.

Hewlett-Packard signed the five year contract to implement and support the provision of the IT Business Intelligence solution.

Martin Murphy, managing director of HP Ireland said: "Hewlett-Packard has produced a flexible and robust infrastructure that brings an innovative technological solution to the education sector.

"This reinforces our continuing commitment to realising the potential of technology across all aspects of education.

"The e-Schools project utilises business intelligence technology as a key measurement tool to provide faster delivery of information to the people who need it to make informed decisions," he added.

Western Education and Library Board chief executive Barry Mulholland said: " This will significantly improve the quality and speed at which information on school performance is accessible resulting in better decisions, lower administration costs and the setting and monitoring of new standards in schools."

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