XMA Learning Team

A team of digital learning specialists aiming
to drive better adoption of technology.

Microsoft Global Training Partner

As a Microsoft Global Training Partner, XMA are connected to a vast array of education leadership teams, educators and other partners, helping establishments get the very best out of Microsoft technology to enhance learning and teaching for all from substitution to innovation.

At XMA, we are passionate that staff training is integral to the success of deploying Microsoft tools and technology.

To ensure that all professional development (PD) sessions are consistent, all GTPs undergo an official Microsoft training program enabling the XMA Learning Team to deliver high quality, in depth learning experiences, aligned to the Education Transformation Framework on behalf of Microsoft.

  • “This engagement is highly advisable for any edtech project and ensures that your investment into technology acquisition is complimented by upskilling adult learners and ensuring your students and educators have everything they need to excel.”
    – Microsoft

    XMA Learning Team

    Our Digital Learning Team are all lifelong educators, uniquely qualified to demonstrate how best to use Microsoft tools and products for learning & teaching. They coach, mentor and support teachers in advancing their technology skills with an emphasis on innovation to engage learners in deeper learning.

    Our Microsoft Innovative Educator Trainers have the skills, knowledge and experience to take senior leadership teams and educators through a series of hands-on activities and tasks to demonstrate and develop skills with Microsoft tools and model the educational benefits. GTP Professional Development (PD) sessions are designed to meet specific learning outcomes with pedagogy at centre stage.

    Meet your Microsoft Innovative Educators

    Leigh Milligan
    - Lead Learning Consultant

    Originally a modern languages teacher, Leigh leads the Digital Learning Team at XMA. She is a Microsoft Innovative Educator and successfully completed the Microsoft Global Training Partner onboarding. She is also a Minecraft Education Edition Trainer, Apple Professional Learning Specialist and Google Level 1 & 2 Cert.

    Based in Glasgow, she works across the UK with leadership teams and educators on a range of learning and teaching projects, sharing her knowledge and expertise to ensure learners are prepared with future ready skills. ​

    Leigh works with XMA colleagues and partners extensively on developing new resources, materials and tools for PD. She is passionate about PD for teachers, ensuring it is content rich, meaningful and driven by pedagogy. It has to be interactive and full of takeaways so that teachers will then have the tools to lead innovation and great learning experiences for their learners.

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    Chris Gerrard
    - Learning Consultant

    Originally an additional support needs secondary school teacher, Chris is now a digital learning consultant at XMA. Chris is a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, Master Trainer and Microsoft Certified Educator. He is also an MIE Fellow for Scotland and was awarded ‘MIE Expert of the Year’ for Scotland 2019-20.

    Chris works with XMA colleagues and partners extensively on developing new resources, materials and tools for Professional Learning. Chris champions the use of technology to support inclusion and accessibility through a variety of digital tools available on iPads. He is also hugely passionate about empowering and amplifying student and educator voice. Chris is currently an ‘Accessibility and Inclusive Design’ Advisory Board Member for Flipgrid and a Student Voice Ambassador. He is also a Wakelet Ambassador and Community Leader.

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    Michael Conlon
    - Transformation Consultant

    With a background in computing science, educational leadership and quality improvement, Michael has worked across local authorities and nationally with Education Scotland to move the conversation around technology for learning into the mainstream. Michael is our Transformation Consultant and Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert.He is also an Apple Professional Learning Specialist, Google Level 1 and 2 certified and a SeeSaw Ambassador.

    He works across Scotland and the UK with leadership teams on large scale transformation projects, advising strategically and operationally on evolving the learning and teaching culture in schools and across learning estates.​

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    Jennifer Dryden
    - Learning Consultant

    Originally a primary school teacher, Jennifer is now a digital learning consultant and Microsoft Innovative Educator. She is also an Apple Professional Learning Specialist, Google Level 1 & 2 certified and a Seesaw Ambassador. ​

    Jennifer works with XMA colleagues and partners extensively on developing new resources, materials and tools for Professional Learning. She is passionate about about the accessibility, equality and engagement that having edtech in the classroom can bring. She also loves seeing those light bulb moments during a training session when teachers can see the full potential that having a device will make and believes that staff training is a crucial part of any technology project.

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    Stuart Cheyne
    - Learning Consultant

    Originally a primary school teacher, Stuart is now a digital learning consultant and a Microsoft Innovative Educator. He is also an Apple Professional Learning Specialist and Seesaw Ambassador.

    He works across the UK on a range of learning and teaching projects.

    Stuart works with XMA colleagues and partners extensively on developing new resources, materials and tools for Professional Learning. He is passionate about developing education at all levels to ensure educators and students alike understand and benefit from the powerful aspects of digital learning. He holds a particular interested in enhancing digital skills to promote creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking.

    When he’s not working with teachers and leaders, Stuart enjoys creating oil paintings and digital artwork, reading and participating in team sports.

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    Nicola Paterson
    - Learning Consultant

    Originally a primary school teacher, Nicola is now a digital learning consultant, starting her journey into edtech as an MIEE. She is also an APL and Google Level 1 & 2 Cert. ​

    Nicola works across the UK on a range of learning and teaching projects. She works with XMA colleagues and partners extensively on developing new resources, materials and tools for Professional Learning. She is passionate about engaging teachers and pupils in new learning experiences with the Microsoft tools especially Teams to help make the workload a little lighter, and more importantly to spark curiosity and creativity in various learning experiences.

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  • Meet your Microsoft Associate Trainers

    As a Microsoft Global Training Partner, XMA also work with a number of Associate trainers to carry out consultancy work. 

    All with a variety of educational backgrounds from across the UK, they bring with them a wealth of knowledge, skills and experience. Like our in-house training team, they are all educators who empower teachers to reflect on their teaching practice, facilitate discussions and show what’s possible with Microsoft tools to make learning deeply personal for every learner. 

    Like us, our Associate Microsoft Trainers are experts on the realities of integrating technology into learning environments and work closely with XMA & Microsoft to foster innovation in education. 

    What can the team help with?

  • Microsoft products & tools

    An important part of becoming a Global Training Partner is being able to demonstrate and share expert knowledge and understanding of how learning and teaching can be transformed with Microsoft technology.

  • While we are not expected to be experts in infrastructure, device management and enrolment or third-party education tools, we do work with an excellent team of Microsoft Solution Experts. We know what great teaching and learning looks like and we are able to identify opportunities when technology can really transform a learning experience. Our Training team is constantly refreshing our knowledge of teaching and the core Office 365 tools, features and services relevant to education so that we can provide the most up to date hands-on and immersive coaching & mentoring for both teachers and learners.​

  • We are all part of the Microsoft Educator Community and have a wealth of experience in education. Accredited by Microsoft, it is a prerequisite that we are GTC registered and continue to develop our practice in line with GTC professional update. This ensures an expert level of knowledge and skills to deliver sessions which combine excellent pedagogy, content and a way of using Microsoft tools and products which is meaningful, innovative and accessible for all.

  • Demonstrations

    For the GTP PD session, we prepare and deliver live demonstrations to group of max 24 teachers, which model how specific Microsoft tools & features can enhance specific learning and teaching goals. This is the result of the Envisioning and Curriculum Planning sessions provided (dedicated customer meeting with clear suggestions on potential solutions).​

    We always include clear learning intentions for participants and strong links to the Pedagogy and National Priorities while demonstrating confident, skilled use of the Microsoft tools.

    Microsoft Training Pricing Matrix 

    XMA are market leaders in the deployment of multi brand Microsoft platform devices into Schools, Academies & University bodies. XMA have a select team of multi-skilled trainers across all Microsoft disciplines who can create & deliver specialised Microsoft training sessions to maximise device usage within your customers’ environment.

    Training session content & charges are described below:

    'Off The Shelf' Options

    Envisioningfrom £499.00
    Introduction To Microsoft Educator Centerfrom £499.00
    Getting Started with Teams from £499.00
    Making Learning Accessible with Microsoft from £499.00
    Getting Organised with Office 365 for Educationfrom £499.00
    Together with Teams & Class Notebookfrom £499.00
    Envisioning Reviewfrom £499.00

    Tailored Made / Bespoke Option

    A session will include the following:

    • Required set up work
    • Project guidance
    • Content creation
    • Professional learning plans
    • 2 hour (virtual) training session with up to 24 teachers per trainer
    Our GTP PD instructors will review customers envisioning & planning documentation
    & provide a bespoke solution to meet educational outcomes and objectives within
    (Note this will include 1 initial session)
    from £499.00