The Lockdown Kid’s support package

Dear Parents/ Carers,

I am writing to inform you of a support package being offered by BT in partnership with the Department for Education. The Lockdown Learning Kids support package aims to give free, unlimited mobile data to disadvantaged families in England until July 2021.

This new programme is a continuation of the work they have been doing since March to support their customers who need it most, and it supports their Skills for Tomorrow ambition to give millions of school children the digital skills they need for a brighter future.

Families can apply through their children’s school. You can find more details here: https://get-help-with-tech.education.gov.uk/start

https://newsroom.bt.com/bt-announces-lockdown-learning-support-scheme-for-kids-and-families/

As a school, we can apply for help for any disadvantaged children to get online using free mobile data increases or 4G wireless routers provided by the Department for Education. We can request this support for children and young people who meet all 3 of these criteria:

  • do not have fixed broadband at home
  • cannot afford additional data for their devices
  • are experiencing disruption to their face-to-face education

Furthermore, there is a scheme to temporarily increase data allowances for mobile phone users on certain networks. This will allow other devices to connect to the internet via a mobile phone so children and young people can access remote education if their face-to-face education is disrupted. This support is now available to all schools with children in years 3 to 11.

Schools in England can also request more 4G wireless routers for disadvantaged children in years 3 to 13 who are experiencing disruption to face-to-face education and do not have a broadband connection or access to the internet at home.

If you believe you meet the criteria above and would like us to make an application on your behalf, please email Mrs Nash who will get in touch with you to complete the necessary application paperwork. Thank you.

Rebecca Nash

Executive Head Teacher

St Lawrence and Tibberton Primary Schools