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The following mobile phone network operators are providing data allowances to help home schooling in partnership with the Department for Education with the scheme temporarily increasing data allowances for mobile phone users on the following mobile phone networks.



Virgin Mobile


Tesco Mobile

Sky Mobile


Who can ask for help?

Schools, trust and local authorities can request increases for mobile data for children and young people who do not have broadband at home, cannot afford to increase their data allowance or are experiencing disruption with face-to-face education.

When is help available?

Increases in data allowances can be requested for pupils experiencing school closure or the need to self-isolate. Additionally, pupils who have restrictions in attending school or are clinically vulnerable and thus cannot attend school.

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