On Friday 24th April, the Government announced that schools and responsible bodies can apply for Department for Education-funded support to get set up on one of two free-to-use digital education platforms: G Suite for Education and Office 365 Education.

DfE announcement: Schools to benefit from partnership with EdTech giants


Thousands of schools will benefit from a ground-breaking partnership with tech giants to gain access to education platforms. Expert technical support to access Google and Microsoft’s education platforms, along with free training on how to use the resources most effectively, will be available for schools immediately. This will include online resources, support getting set up, webinars and peer to peer support between schools.

A grant of £1,500 is available to primary schools and £2,000 to secondary schools. For more information and to apply, please visit The Key: Digital education platform hub


If you don’t have a digital education platform, use our impartial feature comparison and case studies to help you make a call. You can then apply for funded support to get set up at the bottom of the page. If you already have Office 365 or G Suite, but are not yet set up to assign work and communicate with pupils, read our case studies on how schools are making the most of these platforms. 

As a trusted and experienced Google Cloud Partner, 123ICT are part of the deployment programme. Please get in contact if you would like a testimonial from a school that has been using Google Classroom during the school closure period.

To apply for funding, please complete the following form:

Deployment Support Request: G Suite for Education & Google Classroom