1. Login to the Office 365 portal using your College account (username@ic.ac.uk) and College password.
  2. Select the Teams app from the homepage
  3. Click on 'Add Team' at the bottom left of the web page and follow the prompts to create your team
  4. Next, choose from the different types of teams

Office 365 team options

Team types

Class Teams

Teachers are team owners and students are team members. Teachers can add and remove members, share files, and choose how and who can post to the team. Teachers moderate conversations and can mute students or comments. Class teams are integrated with a OneNote Class Notebook that can be set up within the class and used for additional instruction. Teachers use the Assignments app to assign, track, and review work. Students view, open, and turn in their assignments using the Assignments app.

PLC teams

All educators share team owner and team member permissions in the professional learning community group and can add new members, files, or posts to the Conversations tab. Educators can collaborate together in the integrated OneNote notebook included with each PLC team.

How is a PLC team different than a PLC Group in Office 365 Education?

In Microsoft Teams, meeting calendars, files, and OneNote are all brought into the same app experience. Microsoft Teams also adds messaging in its Conversation streams and chat features. Here's how PLC Group tasks work in Microsoft Teams:

PLC Group inbox: Your group will communicate using the Conversations tab. Create channels in your team to add new topics to focus on.

Calendar: Use Meetings to arrange a shared calendar. You can video or audio call from a meeting or from a Conversation thread.

Document library: Store and work on shared files in the Files tab in any channel.

OneNote notebook: Open within the Microsoft Teams app.

Planner: Add productivity and educational apps, links, and more using the Add tab feature in Microsoft Teams.

Staff Members teams

Staff leaders are team owners and add or remove staff members from the team. Staff teams are integrated with a OneNote Staff Notebook that can be set up within the team and used for administrative tasks.


Any combination of students or school staff can form a Standard team. Team owners add and remove members. Any member can post files or add messages in the Conversations stream.

Unless you specifically require the functionality of a Class, PLC or Staff team then create a standard team by selceting the 'Anyone' template. 


Group name 
  • Where relevant, include the lead department within the title, for example … ICT-Office365

  • Avoid a name or word which might mislead or cause offence, for example avoid any title which gives a false or ambiguous idea of, or misrepresents, the group. Bullying or defamatory terms, or the use of an individual’s name without their explicit permission contravene the Guidelines for use for IT facilities as outlined above.
Description  Include a description about the Team and its purpose
Privacy  In a public Team, any validated College user can join and see the content. If a group is private, only invited members can see exclusive content. To join a private Team a user must either be added by an owner or request to join and have that request accepted by the Team owner/administrator. Teams can be changed between public and private in settings.

Teams can contain up to 999 members. You can include external team members if they have an Office 365 login at their place of work. 

If you already have an Office 365 Outlook Group then you can add Teams functionality to your existing Outlook Group if you are the admin. Choose 'Add Microsoft Teams to an existing Office 365 Group' and choose the Group you want to attach the team to.