Guide to collecting mobile information
- Asking about mobile network, contracts and Pay-as-you-go (PAYG)
- Telling them about their offer
- Asking for account holder name and mobile number
This guide is for anyone who needs to use the Department for Education’s service to request a mobile data increase for disadvantaged children and young people.
It helps you tell people what’s available and collect the information you need to submit.
Who can get help
This scheme is open to:
- school pupils in years 3 to 11
- students in years 12 to 13 and further education
It’s only available to those who:
- do not have access to a fixed broadband connection (the request may be unsuccessful if the account holder also has broadband)
- cannot afford the additional data needed to access educational resources
- have access to a mobile device that uses a participating network
- are facing disruption to their face-to-face education
Some providers have extra conditions and not all of them support requests for students in years 12 and 13, or for students in further education. Check the network offers before making a request.
For anyone struggling with a poor broadband connection, you can direct them to Ofcom’s guidance on how to boost broadband.
What information you’ll need to collect
If you’re confident that a child meets all of the criteria listed above, you’ll need to collect the following information to request extra data for them:
- the account holder’s name
- their mobile number (a number beginning with ‘07’)
- their mobile network
- whether they pay monthly or pay as they go
Submit the information you collect
You can submit information by using:
- the ‘New request’ form on the service, making requests one at a time
- an Excel Spreadsheet, which allows you to make multiple requests once you upload to the service
Asking about mobile network, contracts and Pay-as-you-go (PAYG)