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Microsoft 365 for education

A complete solution with Windows 10, Office 365 and Intune

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Microsoft’s free Office 365 “A1 license” is great, but some schools will want to adopt a more corporate approach to managing their environment. Upgrading to a Microsoft 365 “A3” or “A5 licence” offers this in spades, as well as access to more apps, offline versions of the Microsoft Office Suite, plus enhanced mobility management and security features.

Engage students in the classroom

Microsoft can help you make lessons more dynamic. Your school needs more than just a device or a service; your students deserve a complete solution. Transform learning with a wide range of education specific applications to enhance the way your students learn. Use Microsoft 365 Education and Windows 10 together to open up a whole new platform for learning.

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Microsoft 365 Education offers so much more than just Office apps

If you’re looking for a full solution, Microsoft’s new 365 education offering not only gives you access to Office 365 but makes managing your devices easier with Microsoft Intune for Education and Windows 10 too.

Microsoft Intune manages your devices and operating systems, which is a useful solution if you’re considering a large 1:1 deployment with Windows 10 devices. And with the M365 enhanced packages, your security is covered with Azure Active Directory for cloud identity management, Azure Information Protection for securing data and Advanced Threat Analytics.

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Windows 10

With best-in-class digital inking and collaboration tools, Windows 10 is the platform students never outgrow.

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Office 365 and Teams

Create collaborative classrooms with Teams. Connect in learning communities and communicate with staff - all from a single Office 365 Education experience.

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Intune for Education

Manage policies, apps, and settings for all of your classroom devices - with set-up in just an hour.

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Unlock creativity in each student

Spark creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving with immersive and engaging apps. Enhance independence for students of all abilities with intelligent tools. Bring ideas to life in 3D and data visualisation tools.

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Promote teamwork

Collaborate and save teachers time with a single hub for classes and Teams. Easily connect with others and co-author in real time. Meet the needs of individual students with a universal toolkit to connect, share and communicate in class and out.

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Provide a simple and safe experience

Manage users, data, and devices with a single dashboard. Protect identity, apps, data, and devices with intelligent security enhanced by machine learning. Manage data archiving, governance, and discovery.

Minecraft Education Edition with Code Builder

Both A3 and A5 licences include Minecraft Education Edition – a fun and highly collaborative software game that helps students learn about creative problem solving.

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Microsoft 365 comparison table

         Office 365 A1 licence (Free)Microsoft 365 A3 licenceMicrosoft 365 A5 licence
Online apps: Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams, OneNote, OneDrive, Sway, Forms, Stream, SharePoint, Flow, PowerApps, Exchange, School Data Sync, Yammer Yes Yes Yes
Additional online apps: Pro Power BI No No Yes
Additional online apps: Bookings app No Yes Yes
Offline apps: Teams, OneNote Yes Yes Yes
Minecraft Education Edition with Code Builder No Yes Yes
Intune Yes Yes Yes
Windows 10 Yes Yes Yes
Microsoft EMS (Enterprise Mobility + Security) No Yes Yes
Advanced Threat Prevention, Threat Intelligence No Yes Yes

Microsoft Intune for Education and Azure

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Intune for Education helps schools easily set-up and manage classroom devices. It’s a new cloud-based application that focuses on mobile device management (MDM) and mobile application management (MAM), built on the proven Microsoft Intune service. It offers easy setup and management in shared learning environments.

Get Microsoft Intune for Education as part of Microsoft 365 for the ultimate solution for education.

Microsoft Intune for Education is specially designed to give schools the time to concentrate on teaching and learning without the worry of managing and maintaining devices. It’s the modern way to control how your school or college’s uses devices. Not only does it make mass deployment of devices a breeze you can also configure specific policies to control applications.

Intune for Education makes it easy for either IT admins, or teachers, to get up-and-running in minutes on Windows 10 devices and easily manage shared devices.

And with the M365 enhanced packages, your security is covered with Azure Active Directory for cloud identity management, Azure Information Protection for securing data and Advanced Thread Analytics.

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Enjoy easy management with Intune

You can easily set up default policies for all the devices and users in a class school or district in a matter of minutes with the express setup feature in Intune for Education. You’ll be able to customise over 150 granular settings, assign them to a student and apply them to hardware, apps, browsers, the start menu, Windows Defender and more. Even better, any setting you assign to a user follows them to any Windows 10 device when they sign in.

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Make identity and access management easy with Azure Active Directory

Using Microsoft Azure Active Directory (available only with enhanced M365 packages), your school, college or university can easily manage the identities and access rights of all students, teachers and other staff via the cloud. It’s a simple way to help protect from unauthorised access and keep up with the changes needed as students join, or leave school.

Azure Active Directory

Benefits of Azure Active Directory include:

  • Single sign-on to any cloud and on-premises web app including Microsoft Office 365 and thousands of SaaS applications
  • Log in with school credentials to enjoy the same experience regardless of device – works with iOS, Mac OS X, Android and Windows devices
  • Access on-premises web applications from everywhere and protect with multi-factor authentication, conditional access policies and group-based access management
  • Enjoy enterprise-standard scale and reliability that’s ideal for even the very largest academic institutions
  • Connect Active Directory and other on-premises directories to Azure Active Directory in just a few clicks and maintain a consistent set of users, groups, passwords, and devices across both environments
  • Enhance application access security using rule-based Azure Multi-Factor Authentication for both on-premises and cloud applications
  • Reduce costs and enhance security with self-service capabilities

Azure Information Protection

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Better protect your sensitive information - anytime, anywhere. With Microsoft Azure Information Protection (available only with enhanced M365 packages), you can control and help secure email, documents and sensitive data that you share outside your school, college or university. From easy classification to embedded labels and permissions, enhance data protection at all times with Azure Information Protection - no matter where it’s stored or who it’s shared with.

Advanced Threat Analytics

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Available only with enhanced M365 packages, Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics (ATA) is an on-premises platform that helps protect your school, college or university from multiple types of advanced targeted cyber attacks and insider threats. ATA takes information from multiple data-sources, such as logs and events in your network, to learn the behaviour of users and other entities in the organisation. It uses this to detect and alert you to suspicious activity, so you can better manage threat risks and help protect your school.

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See Microsoft solutions in action

Our BT and Microsoft SEND festivals are specifically tailored to help SEND pupils in education. They highlight all the key features and apps you get with Office 365 and how you can use them to aid SEND learning. Run with Tablet Academy facilitators and creators, take the opportunity to learn more about adopting technology in a way that drives your learning environment's IT strategy. Discover how with BT's help, you can use transformational tech to support your students and improve learning outcomes.

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BT has a dedicated team of education specialists. We're here to support you with all aspects of your school, college or university's technology strategy across network, devices and apps. Just tell us how we can help and we'll have one of our education specialists call you back with free, no obligation advice.


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