How do you do it? At the moment all our students have a webmail account provided to them by medway council giving them an @medway.org.uk address.
The disadvantages to this are functionality is fairly limited, it's access through our internt line so sending and receiving large files can be an issue, and the main one is they all have a seperate username and password to access this system, which they're forever forgetting and it's a PITA to reset them.
I've put forwards the proposal of having a seperate exchange server onsite for students, and giving them an @nbc.medway.sch.uk address like we do for staff, and using outlook web access for them to use it. This would solve all the problems with having different usernames and passwords, and I think it would encourage more use of the e-mail system. It would also put us in more control, so we can monitor use of e-mail better, and also all the e-mail addresses would be associated with the students active directory accounts, which has a huge advantage in it's own right.
What do other schools do? Do students at your school have an exchange account, or do you give them a webmail account whether provided by your LEA, or RM easymail etc.
Is there a best practice on this issue, or any reasons why we should stick with what we have, or any reasons why we definitely shouldn't change it?
Your opinions are gratefully received.