If your school is supporting your pupils to get access to the internet during the coming 2021/22 Autumn term, you could be in line for funding to help with this, with a new grant for schools.

The Department for Education has revealed details of a new ‘get help with technology’ programme. The new programme has come about after the UK Government reissued a requirement for schools to provide remote learning for pupils unable to attend school due to Covid-19. 

All eligibility settings will be able to apply in January 2022, for costs incurred from 1st September – 31st December 2021. The DfE expects claims to be up to the “equivalent of £75 per pupil or student claimed for, although costs higher than this may be approved where reasonable supporting information is provided”.

At eligible schools, all pupils in years 3 to 13 are in scope as are any pupils aged 19 plus currently attending college during this period. The funding is provided to support schools and colleges to meet the cost of providing connectivity to children and young people. Institutions will have discretion over what connectivity support they purchase.

Visit the DfE here for further details on eligibility and payments.