Microsoft Teams or Google Classroom

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To help schools deliver remote learning the Department for Education is offering to pay for the installation of Google’s G Suite for Education (including Google Classroom in schools) or Microsoft Teams. 

Google Classroom helps teachers to organise learning activity, hand out and mark assessments while providing structure for students learning at home. G-suite is the distance learning platform that includes a number of tools to help classroom collaboration and enables teaching and learning to continue remotely.Google G Suite Applications including Classroom, are available on any device, Windows laptop, desktop, Mac, iPad, phone and Chromebook.

With With Microsoft’s Teams students, teachers, and staff can seamlessly work together, create content, and share resources all from a single, easy-to-learn and simple to use platform

The free support is offered for schools that meet the following criteria;

  • You don’t already have a digital education platform in place.
  • You do already have Microsoft Office 365 or Google G Suite, but are not yet set up to assign work and communicate with pupils

The setup, configuration, deployment and training is provided free of charge by a registered partner. For North Yorkshire and Schools ICT customers our registered Google partner is Getech and our registerest Microsoft Partner is Insight.

Schools ICT will be able to provide your school with on-going support and training to ensure the best use of your chosen solution.

To apply for the scheme you will need to complete an online form which can be found at: When you get to the ‘partner’ section, scroll down, and select either ‘Getech’ or 'Insight'.

Schools ICT will also be able to support you as a school with completing the form along with future on-going technical support and advice. Please contact the Schools ICT helpdesk on 01609 536086 Option 1 and request help to complete the DfE Funding to support Distance Learning form.

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