We’re offering schools free Wi-Fi vouchers to enable pupils in need to access the internet at home
At BT, we know that being connected is more important than ever. But many children still face difficulties accessing the internet at home. Supporting children’s education in these difficult times is a priority for us, so following our scheme last year we’re once again offering schools free Wi-Fi vouchers to enable pupils in need to access the internet at home.
Schools can apply for a limited number of free Wi-Fi voucher codes to give to their most in-need pupils
We’ve made a substantial number of free Wi-Fi voucher codes available for schools to distribute to pupils aged 16 or under who don’t currently have adequate access to internet connectivity at home.
To help ensure we’re supporting the most in-need pupils across the country, we’ll be allocating vouchers in proportion to the number of pupils at a school who are eligible for free school meals, capped at a maximum of 60 vouchers per school. Please see important note below about estimated BT Wi-Fi coverage for UK households.
How will the Wi-Fi voucher codes work?
Each Wi-Fi voucher code will allow access to the internet on up to three devices at a time, for free, until the end of March 2022. Access will be provided through BT’s network of over 5 million Wi-Fi hotspots around the country and includes comprehensive content filtering.
Once we’ve processed your application, we’ll send all the Wi-Fi voucher codes to your school. You can then hand out the codes to the pupils you think are most in need, along with a useful guide on how to get connected.
Although BT Wi-Fi coverage is extensive with over 5 million Wi-Fi hotspots across the UK, it doesn't reach every address so won't be a suitable solution for all pupils. We expect BT Wi-Fi will reach approximately 20% of UK premises. To avoid disappointment, please check that coverage is available at each pupil’s home address before you apply for a code. Simply enter the postcode using our online checker. A 'heat map' will be shown using colours to denote hotspot density in the postcode area. Red shows areas with the best chance of connection (though this is not guaranteed), whereas green shows a lower chance. Areas on the map where no colour is shown, means there is no hotspot coverage.
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How can my school apply for free Wi-Fi codes?
State funded schools in England, Wales and Scotland can apply directly to BT for free Wi-Fi voucher codes up to a maximum of 60 per school. Schools in Northern Ireland can apply through the C2kExchange and these free vouchers be will allocated by the Education Authority. We’re not able to offer this service to independent schools or academic networks. We can only accept applications from schools and not directly from pupils, parents or guardians.
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As a national champion, BT wants to help make sure no one is left behind while face-to-face teaching is on hold. We hope this scheme helps to get more free Wi-Fi passes into the hands of those families and children that really need them. Apply today!
- To help ensure we’re supporting the most in-need pupils across the country, we’ll be allocating vouchers in proportion to the number of pupils at a school who are eligible for free school meals, capped at a maximum of 60 vouchers per school. Please note that subject to demand, this formula may change without notice.
- Free Wi-Fi will be provided in the form of a unique user name and a unique password which once logged in, gives access to BT's UK network of over 5 million hotspots until March 31st 2022. Please check coverage before applying. We expect BT Wi-Fi will reach approximately 20% of UK premises. Access is dependent on being in range of an available BT Wi-Fi signal and is subject to BT's Wi-Fi Acceptable Use Policy.
- Only state-funded schools in England, Wales and Scotland can apply for up to a maximum of 60 vouchers per school. Schools in Northern Ireland can apply through the C2kExchange and these free vouchers will be allocated by the Education Authority. We’re not able to offer this service to independent/private schools or other independent academic networks. Offer available only to Primary and Secondary schools for children up to the age of 16.
- We can only accept applications from individual schools and not Multi Academy Trusts. If you are a MAT, please submit a separate application for each individual school. We are not able to accept applications from individual parents/guardians or students. If you're interested in this scheme, please talk to your child’s school and ask them to submit the application.