4G wireless routers available for disadvantaged schoolchildren

Table of Contents

The UK government is making 4G wireless routers available for disadvantaged schoolchildren during the pandemic to help them to access their education, so they don’t miss out on face-to-face teaching. The 4G routers, known as mobile broadband, hold a SIM card so are much more accessible than your standard broadband. Here we lay out all the information as provided on the government website (gov.uk) on eligibility and how to access this help.

Who could be eligible?

Firstly, you will need to check whether the child is able to get a free mobile data increase from their network provider. Requesting a router is only available if this option is not possible.

You can request a 4G router if:

  • The child is in years 3 to 11 and does not have internet access at home with their face-to-face education being disrupted
  • If the child in any year group has been advised to shield because they or someone they live with are clinically extremely vulnerable
  • In any year group attending a hospital school

How to access a 4G wireless router

The process is different to ordering laptops and tablets so they will therefore not always be dispatched together so can arrive at a later date.

Local authorities and academy trusts

If during the 2020 summer term local authorities and academy trusts already received 4G wireless routers it is expected that before ordering any more those which aren’t already assigned to a child are reallocated. To check router use your key contact can log in to the support portal.

To request a 4G wireless router:

  • Your unique reference number

For a local authority this is the three-digit local authority number

For academy trust it is your Companies House number

  • The name of the school you’re are making the request for and the number of routers needed.

If requesting additional routers for more than one school, the number of children needing internet connection will be needed per school.

The government will also need evidence of:

  • How you’ve identified disadvantaged children such as the number of children receiving free school meals or pupil premium
  • Your understanding of children, young people and families’ access to internet connectivity

The information could be from survey data, calls home, your awareness of specific family circumstances, demographic data, or questions asked to parents.

  • Disadvantaged students joining the school since the most recent School Workforce Census

All of this information must be sent to COVID.TECHNOLOGY@education.gov.uk. Please do not include any personal information such as names of children or dates of birth.

Schools and colleges

To request a 4G wireless router:

  • Your unique reference number (URN) which is usually 6 digits.

or

  • If you’re a further education college this is your 8 digit UKPRN

 If you don’t know your URN or UKPRN you can find them on the Get Information about Schools site

  • The name of your school
  • The number of children needing a router

The government will also need evidence of:

  • How you’ve identified disadvantaged children such as the number of children receiving free school meals or pupil premium
  • Your understanding of children, young people and families’ access to internet connectivity

The information could be from survey data, calls home, your awareness of specific family circumstances, demographic data, or questions asked to parents.

  • Disadvantaged students joining the school since the most recent School Workforce Census

All of this information must be sent to COVID.TECHNOLOGY@education.gov.uk. Please do not include any personal information such as names of children or dates of birth.

The requests are managed by the governments support team who will email if additional information is required. They will also email you with details if the request has been successful.

Unfortunately, there is currently a limit on the number of routers which are available with the demand being greater than the governments supply. Therefore, availability may change along with not being able to receive the number which have been requested. More information on what to do once the devices have been delivered can be found on the government’s website.

Did you find this article useful?

If you found this article useful then why not get them sent straight to your inbox.

Newsletter

More To Explore

Response by Doro

Response by Doro is a great service which enables users to maintain an independent and active lifestyle. It also puts family members at ease.

Share This Post

Share on facebook
Share on linkedin
Share on twitter
Share on email
Share on whatsapp

contact us

If you'd like to contact us then please fill out this form and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.

Join The Club!

Be the first to learn about
the best mobile deals

Don't worry we won't spam you.

This website uses Cookies

This website uses cookies to improve your customer experience. By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our cookie policy. Read More