Schools can now sign up for data cards as well as laptops courtesy of the Mail Force Charity.

Thanks to a new partnership with Vodafone, schools can apply to benefit from 150,000 free SIM cards which will provide approximately 18 million hours of online learning in total.

The Vodafone SIM cards can be inserted into a mobile phone which then serves as a Wi-Fi hotspot for other nearby devices such as laptops and tablets.  Each SIM card provides 30GB of free data – about 120 hours of live video lessons – and is set to see a pupil through about nine weeks of remote learning.

The new partnership with Vodafone means 500,000 pupils will be given the help they need to get online.

The move was welcomed by Education Secretary Gavin Williamson.

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