Monthly Archives: April 2023

We’re partnering with Easy4u – a 1:1 device scheme for schools  

Cloud Design Box has partnered with Easy4u, a scheme provided by Class Technology Solutions to provide accessible, affordable digital education for everyone.   

Through working with many schools, MATs and colleges that have adopted a 1:1 device scheme, we’ve seen first-hand the benefits of placing a laptop or tablet in the hands of every student. However, it’s not always possible for some schools to introduce a 1:1 device scheme, whether it’s down to logistics or budget constraints.   

Title image for Cloud Design Box partners with Easy4u

FCA-approved, Easy4u facilitates the rental or purchase of devices directly with parents for students through a customised portal. The scheme helps educational professionals reduce financial risk and widen accessibility.   


Easy4u partnership event

The webinar will cover a comprehensive overview of how 1:1 devices and Microsoft Teams can be used to break down barriers to learning.   

You can also expect tips on getting better usage of Microsoft learning tools both in and outside of the classroom.  

“There are so many benefits of 1:1 devices in schools, from increased engagement to collaboration with classmates” says Cloud Design Box Founder and CEO Tony Phillips.   

“In this webinar, we really want to highlight how Microsoft Teams can be leveraged to create a more inclusive learning environment.”   

The webinar is free for schools and MATs to attend and takes place on Wednesday 10 May 2023 at 3:30 BST. Sign up here. 

Never lose an important email again – How to save attachments directly from an email into SharePoint

In this guide, we show you how you can save attachments from an email directly out of Outlook into SharePoint.  

We’ve all wasted a lot of time scouring our inboxes, hunting for files in email threads. Get into a good habit of saving your important emails and their attachments in SharePoint so you can easily find them whenever you need them.  

It’s as easy as dragging and dropping your attachments from Outlook and into SharePoint.


How to save attachments from an email in SharePoint.  

  1. In SharePoint, create or open a folder where you wish to save your email attachments to.
  2. In Outlook, open an email with attachments you want to save directly into SharePoint. 
  3. Drag and drop the attachments into the folder in SharePoint. These attachments can then be opened at a later date.  

How to save attachments directly from an email into SharePoint

How to save an email in SharePoint  

  1. In SharePoint, create or open a folder where you wish to save your email attachments to. 
  2. In Outlook, find an email with attachments you want to save directly into SharePoint.  
  3. Click on the email and hold your mouse down, dragging it into your SharePoint folder. This will upload the whole email into SharePoint, and you can open it later to view its contents and download the attachments. 

 Easily save outlook emails to sharepoint


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The key digital transformation challenges facing MATs in 2023

We’re thrilled to reveal that Cloud Design Box attended this year’s MAT Digital Acceleration Programme, hosted by Microsoft at the stunning Microsoft Experience Centre in Oxford Circus.  

Aimed at multi academy trusts (MATs) in the UK, the event centred around the challenges and successes of digital transformation in education.  

Team photo from the MAT Digital Transformation Programme Microsoft

“A highlight of the event for us was the opportunity to speak with MATs in-depth about digital transformation and hear their struggles and successes. Conversations like this always inform how we consider their use of our product and how we can best support them in their digital transformation,” says Sophie Allen, one of our Onboarding Leads who also attended the event. 

Some of the challenges we discussed with trust CIOs and CEOs included:

  • CPD
  • Sustainability (travelling between schools and paper)
  • Teams-enabled hybrid meetings
  • Wellbeing
  • Workload
  • Funding

A key challenge mentioned by several of the SLTs was their limited time to train staff and students in new technologies: 

“We’ve also recognised this when working with schools and trusts over the years. Time is limited and many staff who aren’t traditionally ‘tech savvy’ get left behind. That’s why we developed our onboarding process to include long-term support and designed our CPD-certified courses to fit around busy schedules and give staff the confidence they need to embrace a new way of working,” explains Tony.  

We also discussed how – as Microsoft Partners – we have developed a product that eases communication and collaboration across trusts, facilitating digital transformation.  

Microsoft Oxford Circus

Another struggle many MAT Senior Leaders face is creating a successful digital transformation strategy.  

“For us, this event confirmed that digital transformation is very much individualised to the specific needs of schools and trusts and comes with its own unique challenges and successes,” Sophie adds.  

“It was great to catch up with some of our customers face-to-face, including Rodillian Academy, Bridge Academy Trust, Bishop Bewick Catholic Education Trust and Leodis Academies Trust, as well as see some new faces.”  


Interestingly, we heard from one trust who are working to be more sustainable and cut its CO2 and waste:

“This trust explained that by using Teams they were not only saving paper but also cutting down travel between sites for trust-wide meetings. While they still do some in-person meetings, they can be optionally hybrid,” Tony points out.

Overall, the day was a fantastic experience, and our team enjoyed getting an even deeper insight into MATs and their digital transformation experiences.  

We’d particularly like to thank Tablet Academy’s Philemon Burney, Anthony Martin from Exeter College and Matt McDermott from The Multi-Academy Trust Association for their inspiring presentations, as well as Microsoft’s Jennifer King for organising the event.

Cloud Design Box celebrates another year at Bett Show 2023

In March, we were thrilled to be exhibiting again at Bett Show 2023. Here’s a roundup of what we got up to.

“This is our seventh year attending Bett Show and our fifth year exhibiting. The show is a highlight in our calendar every year and it’s great to be back. It’s an extremely busy but exciting week for the whole team,” enthuses Tony Phillips, Founder and CEO of Cloud Design Box.

Tony Phillips at Bett show

“Bett gives us the unique opportunity of speaking with education leaders from MATs and schools about the challenges they face, as well as catching up with current customers and our partner companies.”

We were thrilled to share a stand with our long-term partners SalamanderSoft, as well as Which MIS? who run an online publication for schools and multi academy trusts, presenting a balanced view of the MIS landscape in the UK.

“This year, there was a lot of talk about Artificial Intelligence, and we’re excited for our customers to try some of the Microsoft co-pilot tools when they become available,” Tony adds.

Cloud Design Box Team at Bett 2023

In the days leading up to Bett Show, some members of the Cloud Design Box team attended the pre-Bett Partner meeting and presented to partners with the Microsoft SDS team. We also attended the Microsoft workshop on SDS (School Data Sync) and OEA (Open Education Analytics), which revealed some of the latest exciting updates coming to Teams.

We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came along to see us at our shared stand with Which MIS? and SalamanderSoft.

Bett show with Cloud Design Box and SalamanderSoft

If you missed us at Bett or couldn’t attend, you can still book a chat with our team. Give us a call on 01482 688890.