Local pupils unable to access broadband at home can have their data allowances increased on certain mobile networks to ensure they are able to continue with their studies while schools are closed.
The scheme, set up by the Department for Education along with a number of major network providers, has been welcomed by Rochford and Southend East MP James Duddridge.
It means schools, trusts, and local authorities can request mobile data increases for youngsters who do not have fixed broadband at home, cannot afford additional mobile data, and are experiencing disruption to their face-to-face education.
So far six network providers, Three, Smarty, Virgin Mobile, EE, Tesco Mobile, and Sky Mobile, have signed up to the scheme.
Schools, trusts, and local authorities can request mobile data increases when schools report a closure or have pupils self-isolating.
They can also make requests for children who cannot attend school face-to-face because they’re clinically extremely vulnerable or restrictions prevent them from going to school.
Commenting, James Duddridge MP said:
“It is vital that children and young people have the tools they need to access remote learning during the national lockdown and I very much welcome this initiative. If you do not have broadband at home, your school can use this scheme to increase your mobile data allowance allowing youngsters access to remote learning via their mobile network.”
Further information on how to sign up can be found on the gov.uk website