Microsoft and the Department for Education agree new Education Cloud Transition Agreement for UK schools

We recently told education customers about our new agreement with the Department of Education (DfE) which offers them Public, Private or hybrid cloud services. Below are details of this agreement


Education Cloud Transition Agreement

Microsoft and the DfE have entered into an Education Cloud Transition Agreement enabling existing school customers who have Subscription Agreements (EES, OVS-ES, School Agreements) to transition under special terms to a new agreement, upon expiry of their existing one. This new agreement commenced on the 1st January 2016 and expires on 30th June 2018.

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Secure cloud services (public and private cloud) provide significant savings over traditional technology infrastructure and enable and accelerate the transformational changes required of today’s Public Sector.

The agreement provides a more dynamic way of enabling our UK education customers to transition to the cloud and take advantage of Microsoft free Online Services e.g. Office 365 Education, in support of the UK Government’s cloud first policy direction. As a result, an increasing number of our UK education customers have chosen Microsoft Online Services.

Microsoft has had a strategic relationship with the UK Government since 2002 under a number of non- binding framework agreements with the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), part of the Cabinet Office, and its predecessors. The last agreement, the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) 2013, is due to expire on 31st December 2015.

As Microsoft is a committed and accredited partner under CCS’s G-Cloud agreement, we allow UK Public Sector customers the opportunity to purchase Microsoft’s Online Services alongside multiple options from other suppliers. This position is consistent with the Government’s stated intention announced in May 2013 by Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office to be ‘Cloud First’ for public sector IT.

In order to ensure education customers who choose to move to cloud services, have sufficient time, Microsoft and the DfE have agreed the following arrangements:

  • Microsoft will extend MoU 2013 discounts to UK School customers who wish to renew their existing Subscription agreements (EES, OVS-ES).
  • Customers who do not have Subscription Agreements (EES, OVS-ES, School Agreements) covering on-premises products will have the opportunity to enter into one before 30th June 2016, as well as benefit moving forwards from Public and Private Cloud special terms and pricing under the new agreement.
  • Higher and Further Education customers are unfortunately not permitted to utilise the ‘special terms’ of the Education Cloud Transition Agreement, however we have agreed with the DfE that these customers will have access to the pricing until 30th June 2016. Microsoft will provide further information in the New Year on pricing arrangements that will exist for Higher and Further Education customers beyond 30th June 2016.



Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said:

“Technology is an integral part of school life and this new agreement will help schools around the country save money and improve outcomes for all.

“We want schools to be able to focus their resources on what matters most – teaching – and this agreement will help them do precisely that.”


Steve Beswick, Director of Education Sector at Microsoft UK comments on the agreement:

“Microsoft is committed to empowering every student to achieve more. This agreement will enable schools to put the latest cloud-enabled technology in classrooms and facilitate high quality teaching, in order to give children every opportunity to flourish at school. It also provides a dynamic way of enabling our UK education customers to transition to the cloud, and achieve significant savings over traditional technology infrastructure.”

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