Some of the mobile phone networks are running a scheme to support disadvantaged children studyng at home. This scheme temporarily increases data allowances for mobile phone users on certain networks. This is so that children and young people can access remote education if their face-to-face education is disrupted.

Schools, trusts and local authorities can request mobile data increases on behalf of 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

Children with access to a mobile phone on one of the following networks might be able to benefit:

  • Three
  • Smarty
  • Virgin Mobile
  • EE
  • Tesco Mobile
  • Sky Mobile
  • O2

Other providers may join the scheme at a later stage.

For more details, please check out the government web page:

Vodaphone were also running a scheme, offering free data & SIM cards for pupils who have no internet access. Unfortunately they have now run out of SIMs.