Dear Educators,

After being a teacher myself for more than six years, I can only imagine how difficult it must be for you not seeing students face to face. We, as a company, are in awe of the way you have all rallied together as educators to do your utmost to ensure you are able to continue to provide quality teaching and learning, as well as the vital nurturing of so many of your students needs.

That’s why we have partnered with Microsoft and the DfE to build a Digital Education Platform that provides remote eLearning platforms, devices and connectivity, for educational establishments across the UK. We only hope that by supporting schools through this scheme we are able to ease the burden that so many wonderful educators are feeling and support you to continue the amazing jobs that you are doing!

Kristy Hill, Microsoft Learning Consultant, Phoenix

What is a Digital Education Platform?

A Digital Education Platform is an ecosystem of tools enabling teachers, students, administrators and parents to access the relevant resources they need for teaching and learning. By hosting it in the cloud, your school’s users can access what they need, when they need it wherever they have an Internet connection without having to be on-site. Teachers can share information and set homework, students can access resources to assist in their learning, administrators can access critical data and information securely and the whole school can communicate and share information better. Entire aspects of a school’s operation can be run digitally.

The benefits include increased efficiency and flexibility as well as a reduction in cost of maintenance of on-site hardware.

The DfE have recently announced additional funding to assist schools in moving to a remote learning solution during the Covid-19 lockdown. The benefits to your school of a secure Digital Education Platform will last long after the lockdown, so we would encourage you to take the opportunity to enhance remote learning and collaboration now and for the future.

Is your school eligible?

This funded support is available to state-funded primary, secondary, special schools and pupil referral units in England that:

  • Don’t currently have a digital education platform; or
  • Are already using Office 365, but are not yet set up to assign work and communicate with pupils

Independent schools are not eligible for funding, but can still apply for support as long as they cover the costs themselves.

Set-up funding for individual schools varies across phase: eligible primaries will receive £1,500 and eligible secondaries £2,000. Funding for academies in trusts is capped at £1,000 per school, with an upper cap of £10,000 per trust.

Where to get started?

As a key Microsoft partner, Phoenix will be able to support you on every step of the Digital Education Platform journey, including consultancy, migration from an existing platform and providing ongoing support and advice.

  1. You need to visit the Deployment Support Request: Office 365 and Microsoft Teams page to register your interest
  2. Once in the portal, select Phoenix Software Limited as your partner to help you set up your Digital Education Platform
  3. Schools in England without a developed Microsoft Office 365 environment will be eligible for funding to help them implement a Digital Education Platform.
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Why Phoenix?

Phoenix have 30 years’ experience in supporting schools across the UK in their IT and digital transformation. As the 2019 Microsoft Global Modern Workplace Transformation Partner of the Year Award, we are both a Microsoft Gold and Microsoft Authorised Education Reseller Gold Partner, and have delivered 100’s of school set ups enabling secure access to relevant teaching and learning content for students both at school and home.

Phoenix are also a Certified Microsoft Global Training Partner. As a Microsoft Education Training Partner, we will take customer journeys even further and support our education customers to make a more long-term, impactful investment in their digital transformation. Learn more here about the Microsoft Global Training Partner here.

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Get in touch

If you want a no obligation conversation about any of the above, we can walk you through it and get it started. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch and take advantage of this DfE scheme by completing the form opposite.

Alternatively, contact the Phoenix Education Team today on 01904 562200 or email hello@phoenixs.co.uk 

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