How to access digital resources and guidance to help with remote learning
The Department of Education (DfE) created the “Get Help with Technology” programme which aims students to access necessary digital devices such as laptops and wireless networks. You must contact your school to discuss what is needed for the student.
The programme gives disadvantaged students and families access to technology if they can’t afford them. It will enable students who are learning from home, due to remote learning, to get involved with virtual classrooms and homework online
Getting internet access for families who cannot afford it
DfE has partnered with mobile network operators, such as EE, O2, Sky Mobile, Vodafone, and more, to help schools help disadvantaged pupils with access to the internet. Specifically, years 3-11 who rely on a mobile internet connection when their face-to-face education is disrupted.
The amount of data provided will vary depending on what provider your school is connected to. Schools, trusts, and local authorities will be able to request free internet for families if they are experiencing disruption during the terms of 2021 spring and summer. The government website has more information on this.
Children who cannot attend school because of lockdown restrictions to receive digital devices (laptops and tablets) at home
The DfE is providing laptops and tablets for the 2020-2021 academic year to schools in order to help families access remote education when in lockdown. The devices are made available to children in certain year groups that:
Are affected by the disruption to traditional education at their school
Are shielding as they are clinically extremely vulnerable.
The government website will give you more information on how to apply to get laptops for children who cannot attend school due to COVID-19.
Managing digital devices and 4G wireless routers from the DfE
Local authorities, schools, and academy trusts that received laptops, tablets and 4g wireless routers received from the DfE during the 2020 summer term can be found in the government guidance on getting help with digital devices. Information includes:
- Online safety
- Management of mobile devices
- Contacting the support desk
Applying for a grant and getting support to set up with a digital education platform
Apply to get government-funded support to access G Suite for Education or Office 365. Get support and funding to set up a digital education page has information on how schools choose and apply for the most appropriate platform for them. Funded training and support is available to get you set up and be able to use the technology effectively.
Schools can get access to funded advice and training from the EdTech Demonstrators, a network of schools and colleges expert in the use of technology.
Tuborial offers lots of online courses, even free ones, that could be suitable to learn alongside normal curriculum. Check our website out today.