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Increasing data allowances on mobile devices to support disadvantaged children


This Government 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.


The school can request mobile data increases for 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


Other providers may join the scheme at a later stage.

For more detailed information, click here.


How to request a mobile data increase

To request extra mobile data, you should first read the Government privacy notice and then if agreed, email the following information to:

  • your full name (account holder)
  • your mobile number (a number beginning with ‘07’)
  • your mobile network
  • whether you pay monthly or pay as you go


Click here to read the privacy notice for increasing mobile data scheme.