Guidance for local authorities, academy trusts and schools on devices and support available to provide remote education and access to children’s social care.
The Department for Education (DfE) is providing a range of support through its Get help with technology programme.
Get laptops and tablets for children who cannot attend school due to coronavirus (COVID-19)
For the 2020 to 2021 academic year, DfE is providing laptops and tablets to schools to help children and families in need to access remote education during coronavirus (COVID-19). Devices have been made available for disadvantaged children in certain year groups who:
- are affected by disruption to face-to-face education at their school
- have been advised to shield because they are clinically extremely vulnerable
The guidance Get laptops and tablets for children who cannot attend school due to coronavirus (COVID-19) provides information for schools, trusts and local authorities on how to apply.
These devices are in addition to those DfE provided during the 2020 summer term to local authorities and academy trusts for children, families and young adults most in need.
Get internet access for vulnerable and disadvantaged children
DfE is giving schools 4G wireless routers that they can lend to disadvantaged and vulnerable children in the event of disruption to education. This is in addition to routers dispatched to local authorities and academy trusts in the summer 2020 term.
Local authorities and trusts that received 4G wireless routers in the summer should sign in to the support portal to identify unused routers and reallocate these to children and young people with the greatest need.
The Getting internet access guidance includes:
- information for schools on how to order 4G wireless routers
- details of the pilot schemes DfE ran using BT WiFi hotspots and increased mobile data allowances
Manage laptops, tablets and 4G wireless routers received from DfE
Technical guidance for local authorities, academy trusts and schools that received devices from DfE during the 2020 summer term can be found in the Laptops, tablets and 4G wireless routers provided during coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance. This includes information about:
- online safety
- mobile device management
- how to contact a support desk
Apply for a grant and support to get set up with a digital education platform
Schools can apply for government-funded support through The Key for School Leaders and access one of two free-to-use digital education platforms: G Suite for Education or Office 365 Education. To help applicants make the most appropriate choice for their school, The Key also provides feature comparison overviews and case studies on how schools are making the most of these platforms.
Get peer-to-peer support on the effective use of technology in academy trusts and schools
Organisations can use the EdTech Demonstrator Programme to contact a network of schools and colleges who are already using remote education technology resources for help and support.
Read the other guidance on remote education during coronavirus (COVID-19).
Read the other guidance on social care during coronavirus (COVID-19).