Get support guides for laptops, tablets and 4G wireless routers

Many vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people in England do not have access to a laptop, tablet or internet connection. The Department for Education (DfE) is offering support to help children, young people and families access remote education and social care during coronavirus (COVID-19).

The DfE is working with delivery partners to supply local authorities, academy trusts and schools with laptops, tablets and connectivity packages.

About the offer

Find out who is eligible for devices and why the DfE is providing them.

Device allocations

Find out how we estimated device requirements for each school and how to query an allocation.

How and when to order laptops and tablets

Prepare to order laptops and tablets for disadvantaged children in certain year groups when schools are affected by disruption to face-to-face education due to coronavirus.

Device options and specifications

Get the technical specifications of the devices for vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people.

Preparing Microsoft Windows laptops and tablets

Guidance for Microsoft Windows devices provided with safeguarding and mobile device management software and how to install your own.

Preparing Chromebooks

Guidance on how to enrol Google Chromebooks on your domain, how to install Cisco Umbrella content filtering, and set up instructions for local authorities, trusts and schools.

Preparing 4G routers

Find out how 4G wireless routers are secured, how much data users get, how long the contract is and records you should keep.

Device ownership and distribution

Guidance on who owns devices, and information on insuring devices, asset management and loan agreements.

Support and maintenance

Find out how to support your users, access additional support and deal with a faulty device.

Safeguarding for device users

Information on content filtering, privacy policies and mobile device management to ensure devices are used appropriately by young people and families.

Set up a Google domain for care leavers

Find out how local authorities can set up a Google domain for care leavers and children with a social worker.

Guidance to be shared with the children, families and young people using the devices

Getting started with your Microsoft Windows device

User guidance for Microsoft Windows devices to share with children, young people and their carers.

Getting started with your Google Chromebook

User guidance for Google Chromebooks to share with children, young people and their carers.

How to get started with your 4G wireless router

User guidance for 4G wireless routers to share with children, young people and their carers.