4G wireless routers: Update from the DfE
16 Nov 2020
4G wireless router data contracts extended
The Department for Education (DfE) is working to give more children access to the internet so they can participate in remote education. 4G wireless routers continue to be an important part of that effort.
The 144 4G wireless routers provided to children with social workers and the 83 4G wireless routers provided to year 10 disadvantaged students in the 2020 summer term aimed to help ensure Ealing’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable children and young people have internet access when they need it.
The data on these routers has now been extended to the end of January 2021, so they will provide internet connections until then.
The DfE is now working on extending the data on all routers to the end of July 2021. For updates on this, check the 4G wireless router guidance page
Reallocating unused 4G wireless routers
A significant number of the 4G wireless routers for children with social workers and year 10 disadvantaged children that were received in the 2020 summer term are currently not being used.
If you know of any that are with children or young people and are not being used, you are free to reallocate them to other children who have the greatest need within your school.
Before reallocating a router, you might want to check whether the family has struggled with setting it up. If they have, you could share the 4G router user guidance.
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