Government to upgrade broadband for rural primary schools

The government has announced plans to upgrade broadband so that rural primary schools have better digital connections.

Over the next three years, up to 3,000 schools across rural England will get fast gigabit broadband under the new scheme.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and Department for Education (DfE) will put forward a joint £82 million investment for the broadband roll out.

The government said that around 500,000 primary school pupils will be able to use the internet with no interruptions, even if multiple classes are using it at the same time.

“Children’s opportunities in school should not be pre-determined by where they grow up,” said digital secretary Nadine Dorries. “Today we’re announcing millions of pounds to get lightning fast broadband connections to rural schools and level up children’s access to the best possible teaching.

“Teaching has been revolutionised by digital technology and we need to make sure all pupils can benefit from the opportunity it brings.”

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