Wavenet Education

DfE Connect the Classroom Scheme

Can your school take advantage of the additional DfE Connect The Classroom funding that has been announced? Here at Wavenet we have already secured over £7 million of Connect The Classroom DfE funding for multiple schools and academies across England.

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We’ve already secured over £7 million of DfE funding for schools

The DfE revived the Connect The Classroom scheme due to many schools having to issue their students with laptops and tablets to enable learning from home during the pandemic. These devices now need to be incorporated into classroom learning which has in turn placed a higher stress on many schools Wi-Fi network infrastructure. The need for a high speed Wi-Fi network infrastructure within your school is now paramount to ensuring an effective teaching and learning and environment.

Wavenet have secured over £7 million Connect The Classroom Funding. Act now while the funding is still available.

If you have any further questions about the Connect The Classroom funding scheme, or want to find out if your school is eligible, please contact Wavenet today on 0333 234 0011 or use the form opposite:

Get your funding claim approved

What schools are eligible for the Connect the Classroom funding?

Forty priority education investment areas have been identified by the Department for Education and are eligible for the Connect The Classroom funding, these are –

Blackpool, Bradford, Derby , Doncaster, Fenlands & East Cambridgeshire, Halton, Hartlepool, Hastings, Ipswich, Knowsley, Liverpool, Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire Coast, Norwich, Nottingham, Oldham, Portsmouth, Rochdale, Salford, Sandwell, Stoke on Trent, Tameside, Walsall and West Somerset.

Schools in the education investment areas who have also been evaluated as Requires Improvement or Inadequate in their most recent inspection are also eligible.

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Customer stories

Empowering Minds would like to thank Wavenet for all their hard work in acquiring the DfE funding for Connect the Classroom for our 5 academies. We are grateful to James McEwen for overseeing the project and liaising with our central team and ensuring that we met all of the DfE deadlines.

Empowering Minds, Daniel Smeaton

At Exceed Learning Partnership we are absolutely delighted to have secured DfE Connect the Classroom Funding for all our schools across the trust. This award is significant and will have a huge impact on both pupils and colleagues. Working alongside our valued ICT provider, Wavenet, this funding will enable us to invest in our cabling and connectivity throughout the trust to provide an infrastructure that will facilitate outstanding teaching and learning for many years to come.

Exceed Learning Partnership, Andy Hibbitt

The Team at Wavenet have been instrumental in helping our Academies within The Rose Learning Trust achieve in total over £500k in DfE Funding for Connect the Classroom. From initially making us aware of the scheme to fully scoping a HP Aruba solution that can be deployed across the Trust. They have driven and coordinated our interaction with the DfE Team to ensure we have an enterprise Wi-Fi solution for all academies for the next 10 years.

The Rose Learning Trust, Deborah Temperton
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How Wavenet Guarantees Your Proposal Will Be Compliant

  • Confirm you qualify – If you haven’t already been contacted by the DfE then you should receive an email or letter within a matter of weeks confirming that you qualify for the funding.

  • Arrange a FREE full site survey – contact Wavenet who will arrange this for you.

  • Get a Proposal – Wavenet will build the proposal for you to ensure it meets the DfE’s strict funding criteria.

  • Apply – Submit your proposal to the Department for Education.

  • Funding approved – Once you have had the funding application approved contact us to arrange Installation.

  • Installation – Our team of specialist engineers will upgrade your Network to Wi-Fi 6.

What if I have not been contacted regarding the Connect the Classroom Scheme?

Do not worry, more and more schools will be being contacted by the DfE throughout the course of the programme.

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Girl studies in class with her tablet.

What are the benefits to my school in upgrading to high speed Wi-Fi network infrastructure?

Creates a better learning environment for your school – Classroom learning today is more reliant on cloud based apps and digital learning technologies which puts a greater strain on your wireless network resulting in network downtime and disrupted classroom learning time. Wi-Fi 6 is built to give you reliable and fast wireless coverage across your whole school.

Why should I partner with Wavenet to upgrade my Wireless Network to Wi-Fi 6?

Wavenet are an established educational ICT provider with over 30 years’ experience providing services to schools across the UK. We have worked for many years delivering multiple ICT projects for a large number of schools and helped over 60 schools with their IT and Wi-Fi upgrades, so we are well placed to help you through the Connect the Classroom process. We provide an end-to-end service from initial survey to planning and putting the proposal together for you, to installation. We make the whole process easy with minimum disruption to you or your school.

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Happy kids at primary school using laptops.

How long will the installation take, and will it be disruptive to the school?

We have a team of accredited DBC checked engineers who have implemented 100’s of networks into school environments with minimum disruption on budget and on time.

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