DfE Connect the Classroom

The DfE have announced additional “Connect the Classroom” funding for schools that fall within Priority Education Investment areas and need to improve their Wireless infrastructure.

Is your school eligible for a free Wi-Fi upgrade?

During the pandemic, many schools issued their students with laptops and tablets to enable learning from home. 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.

If you have any further questions, please contact AdEPT today on 01302 774820 or use the link below:

What schools are eligible for the Connect the Classroom funding?

Twenty-four priority EIAs have been identified including – Blackpool, Bradford, Derby, Doncaster, Fenlands & East Cambridgeshire, Halton, Hartlepool, Hastings, Ipswich, Knowsley, Liverpool, Middlesborough, North Yorkshire Coast, Norwich, Nottingham, Oldham, Portsmouth, Rochdale, Salford, Sandwell, Stoke-on-Trent, Tameside, Walsall, & West Somerset. Schools in the EIA who have also been evaluated as Requires Improvement or Inadequate in their most recent inspection are also eligible.

How do I apply for the funding?

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


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


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


Apply – Submit your proposal to the DfE.


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 by the DfE regarding the Connect the Classroom Scheme?

Do not worry the DfE will be contacting more and more schools throughout the course of the programme. If you have a contact at the DfE you should contact them to express your interest in the scheme.

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

Creates a better learning environment for your schoolClassroom 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 AdEPT to upgrade my Wireless Network to Wi-Fi 6?

AdEPT are an established educational ICT provider with over 30 years’ experience providing services to schools across the UK. We have worked with specialist teams within the DfE for many years delivering multiple ICT projects for a large number of schools, 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.

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.

How can we help?

AdEPT empower organisations by uniting their technology, networking and data, providing seamless communication and the confidence to innovate. All underpinned by the latest security. And all with minimal fuss. We are perfectly placed to deliver a service you can trust. You can read more about some of our recent work in this area, by reading our case studies.