New agreement could save schools £30 million on software

A new agreement between the Department for Education (DfE) and Microsoft could reportedly save schools up to £30 million.

The memorandum of understanding (MoU) is designed to give all schools in the UK access to discounts and better licensing terms across a wide range of Microsoft’s academic software.

The agreement is set to run until June 2018 and places schools under no contractual commitment, meaning they are still free to procure their own alternative software.

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said: “Technology is an integral part of school life and this new agreement will help schools around the country save money and improve outcomes for all.

“We want schools to be able to focus their resources on what matters most - teaching - and this agreement will help them do precisely that.”

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