High Speed Broadband Coming to all of England's Schools by 2025
All schools in England will have high-speed internet by 2025.
16:37 13 April 2022
Latest plans to roll out lightning-fast gigabit broadband across the UK would see every school in England get access to high-speed internet by 2025, the Education Secretary has announced.
The news is followed by new £150million government funding that will be used to support schools requiring WiFi connection upgrades. The Department for Education confirmed that over the course of the next three years, they will reach out to numerous schools for the introduction of faster and more reliable connectivity.
Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi said: "Digital technology, and the data and infrastructure that underpins it, is changing the way we live, work, and learn. We need to use our experience from the pandemic as a springboard to embed new and better ways of using technology in schools, and across education."
"This new investment moves us a giant step forward to helping ensure that every school across the country has the best technology."
"Upgrading schools to high speed broadband, setting out clear standards so that schools know what technology they should have in place, as well as providing funding to support them in achieving this, is the latest way we are levelling up education across the country."
Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said: "We very much welcome this focus on supporting improved digital technology in schools through the measures outlined by the Secretary of State.
"It is really important to seize the opportunities offered by technology to enhance the learning experience of young people and having the right infrastructure in place and evidence base of what works is vital in achieving that goal.
"Schools are very keen to make the best possible use of technology for their students, and many already do fantastic work in this direction. Anything which helps will be warmly received.