Get internet access

Schools, trusts and local authorities can now help children get online using 4G routers provided by the Department for Education.

How to order 4G wireless routers

Schools in England can request more 4G wireless routers for disadvantaged or vulnerable children if each of the following applies:

  • your school is experiencing disruption to face-to-face education
  • the disadvantaged or vulnerable children do not have access to the internet at home
  • your school has been invited to order devices

More about ordering 4G wireless routers

Increasing data allowances on mobile devices

This scheme temporarily increases data allowances for mobile phone users on certain networks. This is so that children and young people can access remote education if their face-to-face education is disrupted.

Currently, this support is available to a small number of selected schools. We’ll let other schools know as we extend the scheme.

More about increasing data allowances on children’s mobile devices

Offering free access to BT wifi hotspots

This pilot has now closed.

BT created 10,000 hotspot log-ins that could be activated through name/password combinations. If children and young people lived in range of a BT hotspot, their school offered them log-in details for free.

When we tested this scheme, we found the majority of users couldn’t get a reliable BT wifi connection. As such, we decided to close the pilot.

Any vouchers already in use will continue to work until the end of December 2020.

More about BT wifi hotspots