About Glow

Glow is Scotland’s nationally available digital environment to support learning across the whole curriculum. A Glow account provides access anytime and anywhere to a number of different web services on any device.

Funded by the Scottish Government and managed by Education Scotland, Glow provides a safer online environment for educators and learners to communicate and collaborate using the following services:

Glow Services

Microsoft 365

Online Productivity Suite

Microsoft 365 is a set of cloud-based services and tools including:

  • Outlook
  • O365 Groups
  • OneDrive
  • SharePoint
  • Office Online
  • Sway
  • Yammer*
  • Forms
  • Delve
  • Planner
  • Teams for Education

They are ideal for sharing and collaborating, allowing learners to work on projects anytime and anywhere.

*Yammer is only available for educators.

Google Workspace for Education

Online Productivity Suite

Google Workspace is set of cloud-based productivity tools for communication and collaboration.

Glow customers can opt-in to using Google Workspace for Education in Glow which offers the following cores services:

  • Classroom
  • Drive
  • Docs
  • Hangouts
  • Sway
  • Calendar
  • Contacts
  • Sites
  • Vaults
  • Meet

Currently Gmail is unavailable through Glow subject to full review of the service offered.

Glow Login and Launch Pad

Authentication and Portal Services

Login and Authentication into Glow is provided by RM Unify. Once you are logged in to Glow the Glow Launch Pad provides access to all Glow Services.

It includes a catalogue of free and paid for resources in an application (App) library and a management console which allows administrative users to manage accounts and passwords.

Glow Blogs


Blogs are created using WordPress, a content management system that can be used to make simple blogs or complex websites.

The service is free of charge and has a number of privacy settings, making it a safe and easy way to create web content.

Report a Concern

The Report a Concern function function is available on all Glow core services. It allows users to submit details of any concerns they have about content or activity in Glow.

Using Glow in Learning and Teaching

Glow is used by learners and educators across Scotland in lots of different ways.

Glow offers a number of tools and services to help educators to enrich and enhance learning across the curriculum. Educators can share teaching materials, design online resources and activities to engage learners and take part in professional learning opportunities.

Glow services are free to all students with a Glow login and can be accessed at any time, anywhere and on any device.

How do I get a Glow Account?

Education Scotland protects children and young people by restricting access to Glow, and all Glow services are subject to scrutiny and a governance process that addresses data protection, risk, privacy and security.

Glow accounts are available to all schools and education establishments across Scotland, including independent schools and teacher education colleges/universities. Scottish education partners who are involved in the delivery of the 3-18 curriculum can also gain access to Glow.

Contact your Local Authority or establishment to request a username and password.

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Need Help?

If you need help and can’t find what you need on these pages, please try the Knowledge Hub. If you still can’t find the information you need, feel free to contact Glow Enquiries.

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