We know that lack of internet access is a barrier to remote learning for many pupils. A recent study by Ofcom suggests that up to a million children are only able to access the internet through costly mobile data.
After our call to tackle the #DigitalDivide, we’re thrilled to announce that Oak is now 'zero-rated' for all users on Vodafone, EE, BT, O2, GiffGaff, Three, SMARTY Mobile, Tesco Mobile, Sky, Virgin Media and Plusnet.
By joining our call to zero-rate Oak, these networks are ensuring all pupils can access Oak's lessons without impacting on data limits or costs, helping some of the country’s most disadvantaged families to access Oak's lessons and resources without any financial burden.
There is also targeted support offered by mobile networks through the Department for Education’s Get help with Technology scheme.
Three, Smarty, Virgin Mobile, EE, Tesco Mobile, O2, Vodafone and Sky Mobile are offering increased data packages until July 2021 to provide more data to pupils who need it most.
Schools, trusts and local authorities can request mobile data increases for children and young people who:
- do not have fixed broadband at home
- cannot afford additional data for their devices
- are experiencing disruption to their face-to-face education
The Department for Education is also offering a scheme to provide 4G routers to students who may require them. You can find the details and information about how to apply on their website.
Vodafone are also offering free sim cards with 30GB of data to schools and colleges.