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LGfL and Microsoft cloud plan pushes learning boundary for London schools

David Bicknell Published 05 October 2017

‘Cloud Champions Programme’ for innovative schools and academy chains was due to be launched at yesterday’s Microsoft E2 event for education technology leaders


The London Grid for Learning (LGfL) community of schools and local authorities is understood to be on the verge of rolling out a major cloud-based programme for London schools together with Microsoft that is focused on leadership and “pushing the boundaries” of technology and learning.

The Microsoft/LGfL ‘Cloud Champions Programme’ for innovative schools in London was set to be launched at yesterday’s Microsoft E2 event for education technology leaders.

As part of the programme, it is understood, 50 schools and academy chains will be identified to work together with the Microsoft Education team and LGfL to transform education in their schools and to integrate technology into their classrooms. They are also expected to share best practice on the use of Microsoft Office, Teams, Azure and other cutting edge tools across London.

It will give the schools and academies the benefits of the Microsoft Schools programme, together with additional resources for LGfL’s use.

The core benefits include are expected to include delivering continuing professional development (CPD) for senior leaders in each identified school at Microsoft’s headquarters and online; fast track and online support in granting Microsoft School status; priority access to Microsoft Training Academy space to book CPD and support from a Microsoft Learning Consultant for London; and an opportunity to share and distribute best practice across London.

The relationship is expected to drive availability and greater adoption of Microsoft Office 365 in each of the identified schools.

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