A school approach to using O365 at Harris Academy

DHT Peter Murphy and Elaine Hunter, School Librarian explain their whole school approach to using O365 as a communication tool for the school.

Using O365

For practitioners, the daily Please Takes, timetables, room bookings and daily announcements are all kept within the main site. This ensures staff access this daily to keep up-to-date.


Each department have basic templates, which include a Newsfeed, web-links and document store. All pupils have access to this and are encouraged to use it. The department site is split into sub-sites for Advanced Higher, Higher, Nationals, S3 and S1/2. These are open to all pupils. In addition, each staff member has a page.


Support has been provided by June Jelly, Education Support Officer, Dundee City Council. Over the last year they have introduced it to the staff, including face-to-face training and a very comprehensive help document in electronic format.



Some departments have embraced O365 as a means to share resources with pupils, allowing them to store everything in the one place. Others have begun using the Newsfeed as a way of communicating with pupils.

One department has an active Social Media presence and plan to embed that on the site.

Future Use

This approach ensures that it will be an on-going development, allowing staff to move forward at an appropriate pace. Some staff have requested additional support to enhance their site as they can see the benefits for learning.

There is some support for using templates on the Glow Help community. This outlines the different features available and will allow you to see how to take this forward in your own context. https://glowscotland.sharepoint.com/sites/GlowHelp/community/_layouts/15/start.aspx#/SitePages/Community Home.aspx?wa=wsignin1.0


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