Free knowledge supplied by mobile suppliers like EE and O2 to deprived college youngsters – the best way to get it

How do I apply for the Get Help With Tech program?

To qualify for free data under the Get Help With Tech program, the following requirements must be met:

  • The child does not have fixed broadband at home
  • The child or their family cannot afford additional data for their devices
  • The child suffers from an educational disruption

If you meet these requirements and the child or their parent or guardian is attending, you must contact the school directly, not the mobile operator or the Department of Education. Any mobile user in the house can sign up for the program – it doesn't have to be the child. To send the request to the school, the following information is required:

  • Account Holder's Name
  • The mobile device number
  • The cellular network of this device

Further help from the program is 4G WiFi routers provided by the Ministry of Education.

What about elsewhere in the UK?

In Northern Ireland, children and teenagers who may not have access to digital technology during the lockdown are provided with free WiFi and mobile connectivity. Schools run this program. So please contact your child's school for more information.

In Wales, the Welsh Government has committed up to £ 3 million to support 'digitally excluded' children in running schools where there are no existing regulations by their school or local authority. Parents and carers should contact their child's school to determine what support is available. Schools should contact their local authority if they have not already been contacted.

We have asked the Scottish Government what support is available for students in Scotland and will update this story as soon as we hear about it.

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