Internet access grant
14 Sep 2021
The contracts on the 4G wireless routers previously provided by the DfE to support with internet connectivity during COVID 19 ended on 31 August 2021.
The DfE have now launched the internet access grant. This will enable schools to provide connectivity support to children and young people who do not otherwise have access to suitable internet connectivity at home to access remote education, when face-to-face education is disrupted due to coronavirus (COVID-19) during the atumn 2021 term.
Apply in January 2022
Schools will be able to apply (in January 2022) to cover the costs they incur supporting children and young people (years 3-13) to access the internet between 1 September and 31 December 2021
As a guide, the DfE expect claims of up to £75 per pupil or student claimed for. Claims will only be accepted where the setting experienced disruption (as reported via the educational setting status form) and where the school confirmed that the child or young person's parent or guardian was not able to afford their own connectivity solution.
Further details can be found in the guidance: Get help with technology programme: conditions of internet access grants