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BT to provide free WIFI to disadvantaged children

BT have announced with the UK government’s Department for Education (DfE) to help the most in-need children in England with online learning. 

BT will provide in-need families with six months’ free access to the UK’s largest Wi-fi network, which extends to 5.5 million Wi-fi hotspots around the country. Access will be provided via a BT Wi-Fi voucher-code system and will allow kids to access the web on up to three devices at a time, for six months. The voucher will allow access with comprehensive content filtering, and will point to online resources from BT’s own Skills for Tomorrow and Barefoot learning programmes as well as BBC Bitesize and others.

Bill Basra-CEO (BRANCAB) welcomed the news 'with all of the recent uncertainty around schools this is welcome news that will have impact on those households who need it most'.   Those who qualify will be informed via Local Authorities and Academy Trusts who will be invited to request vouchers, working with their schools to identify those children who are most in need.

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