Finding the right devices for education

When looking for suitable and affordable devices for education, there are many factors to consider. Whether you are a post-grad researcher looking for a powerful personal laptop, a parent wishing to provide your child with a 2-in-1 device for further education, or indeed a head teacher needing to equip classes or an entire school with portable devices suitable for education, there are plenty of options to navigate. To help parents, teachers and students find the devices with the necessary functionality and that fall within your budget, the device finder on the Microsoft Education website will quickly refine your options.


Looking back to move forward: A process for whole-school transformation

As part of Microsoft’s mission to empower every educator and every student to achieve more, we have outlined both a framework and process to effectively help school leaders create whole school transformation. The Microsoft Education Transformation Process is a proven, comprehensive process that can help fast track system-wide transformation by summarizing decades of quality research.


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…


Windows 10 at Arnhem Wharf Primary School

The following is a guest post written by Gerald Haigh, and is a first looks Arnhem Wharf Primary’s move to Windows 10. In a future post Gerald will explore the wider impacts of Windows 10 on the school, but for now, he delves into the thought process behind the change, and the adoption itself. We’ve…


Hwb+ at the core of the Digital Wales strategy

The following post comes from Microsoft Education Partner Learning Possibilities, and looks at the Hwb+ learning platform as part of the Digital Wales strategy. — The ‘Digital Wales’ framework recognises that the most important drivers of economic and social growth for any country, surrounds the digital competency of their citizens and businesses. As part of…


Students from Horbury Primary School win Schools App Challenge run by local GPs practices

In recent weeks we’ve been following the progress of students from two schools that have been taking part in the Schools App Challenge, an initiative led by West Wakefield Health & Wellbeing, with the support of NHS Wakefield CCG, Wakefield Council and two of Microsoft UK’s Public Sector teams – Health and Education. The Challenge From…


BBC micro:bit – register to receive your device and download the Quick Start Guide for Teachers

Last week we were proud to share the announcement launching the BBC micro:bit, which forms an integral part of the broadcaster’s #MakeItDigital campaign. The response from teachers, students, and tech enthusiasts has been overwhelmingly positive, and we can’t wait for the micro:bit itself to start appearing in schools all over the UK. Much of the…


First time authoring and publishing enhancements for Office Mix

Last month we published a new eBook – ‘MIXing it up’ – all about using Office Mix to improve learning. As well as introducing the ways that Office Mix can give additional functionality to PowerPoint presentations, the eBook contains some contextual examples and advice specifically for using Mix in education. In the meantime the Office…


Sandymoor School using Office 365 to create an ‘Anytime, anywhere collaborative space for learning’

The following is a guest post from Gerald Haigh. In the Spring of this year I visited Sandymoor Free School in Runcorn and wrote a blog about their commitment to Office 365 as what principal Andrew Howard described as an ‘Anytime, anywhere collaborative space for learning’. Recently, a contact at Microsoft partner ‘Civica’, who have…


How Remembrance Day Can Bring Your Teaching To Life

Two academic subjects taught at all levels of education that share more than the odd similarity are History and English literature. Diaries written centuries ago are not seen purely as items of historical record, but also as literary works of significance in their own right. Celebrated playwrights and novelists such as Shakespeare, Dickens, Chaucer et…