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BT schools grant can boost superfast learning

Wednesday 8th March, 2017

BT schools grant can boost superfast learning

BT is a big supporter of education.

For example, our long-term UK tech literacy commitment is all about helping young people better understand where technology can take them, so they can thrive in a digital world.

We also want to increase access to the right technology and give schools and communities the support they need to get the best from it.

That’s why we've made £2 million available to UK communities via a grant for Community Fibre Partnerships that could benefit their local school.

The grant enables communities in the final five per cent of the UK not covered by fibre broadband rollout plans to apply for a match-funded grant of up to £20,000 toward the cost of their new fibre infrastructure - as long as that new infrastructure also serves their local school.

  • Superfast broadband can enhance learning and online safety
  • Students and staff won't see any internet slow-downs, even during peak times
  • Schools that have got superfast find it has a very positive effect on teaching outcomes and students spending more time accessing virtual learning environments​

Since the scheme was launched communities and schools across the length and breadth of the UK have not been slow in applying for a  grants from BT to connect them to faster, fibre broadband. 

And a number have already been successful - to the delight of their teachers, students and local communities.

Ditcham Park School in Hampshire was one of the first in the country to benefit from the funding scheme when it was awarded more than £17,500 by the BT Community Fibre Partnership programme last year.

As a result, Openreach installed a superfast broadband fibre line capable of delivering broadband speeds up to 330mbps - more than 50 times faster than the school’s previous broadband service.

“This new technology will provide a leap in digital services that will benefit every single member of the school community, pupils, parents, staff and visitors.”

Rob Connolly, head teacher at Ditcham Park School

"This is really going to develop teaching and learning at Ditcham, which is going to be of great benefit for all of our pupils,” he says. 

Mat Mitas, network manager at Ditcham Park School

Meanwhile, up in Scotland, Dunedin School is also celebrating the prospect of a brighter future for its students and teachers.

The small, south Edinburgh secondary school, attended by pupils who have not coped with mainstream schooling, was awarded a grant by BT after it had contacted the company to for help in finding the best way to get a fast internet connection.

“The internet plays an important role in our school today, from students researching projects to developing new computing skills which are vital for their working lives ahead. We look forward to seeing the benefits of the new high-speed link to our students and staff when it goes live next year.”

Paul Gardner, teacher at Dunedin School


And Stoneraise Primary School, located on the outskirts of Carlisle, are also using a community grant from BT to connect to a fibre broadband service.

After trying several different options the school successfully applied for a match-funded grant of up to £20,000 from BT towards the cost of a new local fibre network.

 “The connection we’ll be getting will make a huge difference to the way the school runs and, most importantly, how the children learn.  We couldn’t have achieved this solution and price with anyone else but BT.”

Toby Clements, governor at Stoneraise Primary School


If your community is not served by superfast fibre - and it also includes a school that doesn't have access to superfast broadband then it could be eligible for a grant.

You can register your interest here.


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