Microsoft 365
Refresh Programme


Funded Support to Review and Refresh Your Institution’s Digital Strategy

The Covid-19 pandemic forced many schools to implement their long-term digital strategies overnight, and as such, many schools are now starting to assess if the resulting cloud environment and device strategy.

Being forced to react quickly has meant many short-term solutions were introduced that don’t necessarily follow best practice, and this is where the Refresh Programme can help.

The Refresh Programme is an ideal starting point for a school or trust looking to embed the cloud further or explore a 1:1 student device strategy.

Funded by Microsoft, and at no cost to your school or MAT, the programme explores how Microsoft 365 can support your long-term digital strategy to:

  • Deliver remote, hybrid, and classroom-based learning
  • Reduce workload for staff
  • Improve accessibility and outcomes for students
  • Simplify device management for IT staff
  • Reduce technology costs
The Refresh Programme is an ideal starting point for a school or trust looking to migrate operations to the cloud or explore a 1:1 student device strategy.
The funded support you receive includes:

Evaluation & Quarterly Reviews
4 x 1-hour remote consultancy sessions and summary reports evaluating the current use of technology and monitor progress/impact.

Consultancy & Training

Choose two of the following support options:

• Art of the Possible meeting to help SLT understand how Microsoft 365 can support school improvement.

• Cloud Structure workshop to help design your cloud environment.

• Hands-on training session for up to 25 staff delivered by an experienced educator via Microsoft Teams.


Funding Criteria

The programme is available on a first-come basis to a limited number of schools or multi-academy trusts who meet the following criteria:

Your organisation must include 4 or more institutions, or as an individual school, you are looking to introduce 1:1 Windows 10 devices that will involve purchasing over 100 devices.


Further Details About The Funded Support You Will Receive


The first stage of the Refresh Programme is an evaluation of how your organisation is currently using technology to improve students outcomes, reduce teacher workload, improve accessibility and achieve financial savings.

This involves a member of your SLT and an individual with an understanding of your current IT provision joining a 1-hour call via Microsoft Teams to answer questions from one of our experienced consultants.

The information collected during this call is then converted into a report with a list of recommendations for your organisation to consider.

Quarterly Reviews

Included in the Refresh Programme is a further 3 x 1-hour review calls. The review calls are an opportunity to discuss and monitor the progress made by your organisation concerning your digital strategy.

Following each call, your consultant will create a summary report that can be shared internally if you need to demonstrate impact to governors or leadership.

Consultancy & Training

In addition to the evaluation and the quarterly reviews your organisation can choose two of the following support options:

Art of the Possible
A 60-90 minute meeting to help SLT understand how Microsoft 365 can support school improvement. This activity helps SLT to make informed decisions concerning your organisations digital strategy.
Cloud Structure
A 90-120 minute workshop with nominated key people to help design your cloud environment based on industry best practise. This ensures your SharePoint or Teams structure is practical, secure and sustainable.
Hands-On Training
90-120 minute workshop delivered by an experienced Microsoft Certified Educator via Microsoft Teams. Content is discussed and agreed in advance and workshops can be attended by up to 25 participants.
An organisation can choose two of the same offerings (e.g. Hands-On Training) but the delivery must take place within 12-months of the initial evaluation report.

Staff Adoption

TA currently train over 30,000 teachers a year from more than 1,500 schools across the UK. Our training is delivered by qualified educators with classroom experience, and we make sure the focus of the content fully meets the needs of your staff.

Once your digital strategy has been identified through the Refresh Programme, our consultants can work with you to identify a training programme that combines INSET training, after-school workshops, virtual demonstrations, peer-to-peer coaching, online tutorials, training videos, co-teaching, and long-term training programmes potentially funded by your apprenticeship levy.

For example pricing and support packages click here.

'From the very first conversation I had with Mark at The Tablet Academy I felt like I was getting the support I really needed. The ambitions we had around digital transformation were exciting - but the technical, financial and cultural barriers to overcome were extreme. I needed to talk to the experts and to receive practical and impartial advice to guide our strategy. Those first conversations, and the follow up training and consultancy we have received, have put in place the stepping stones and ongoing support we need to translate our vision into reality. We have managed to secure a really good discount off of devices and to learn new ways of working our assets; and to secure a huge amount of free training from Microsoft experts to carry us forward. I look forward to our continued partnership with The Tablet Academy and to exploring the recommendations made to us in the Refresh reports they created. I couldn't have moved the digital transformation forward with such pace and clarity without their input. ' Natalie Sheppard, Thinking Schools Academy Trust I just wanted to send an email to say a huge thank you to you for the training over the past two days. I am amazed at how well you managed all of the sessions and kept all the sessions to time, whilst remaining calm and unflustered despite the questions, range of skills, devices and knowledge of the trainees. The prior experience of the trainer as a teacher provided our staff not only with reassurance, but also the expert knowledge very much needed, at a time of fast track technological change in schools. Rebecca Harris, Business Manager. Heathside School. Can I say it again, a huge thank you. The flexibility and such great nature in the presenting today is amazing! I have been over the moon to find your company and work with such amazing people in yourself and Sam. We are meeting in coming weeks as a trust to keep mapping the way forward, so I envisage some further sessions and refreshers in the future Andrew King, Deputy Headteacher,
Esher Church of England High School
Thank you, an excellent presentation which has definitely got everyone thinking about how they can use Teams to improve our remote learning offer. Karen Sandberg, Headteacher, Borough Green Primary
Microsoft training dashboard captured in November 2020