DfE Connect the Classroom Programme

What is Connect the Classroom?

Connect the Classroom is a programme funded by the Department for Education (DfE) that aims to help schools across the country to access an effective and comprehensive, education-focused wireless networking solution.

Find out if your school is eligible for funded wireless networking.

A wireless solution is key to ensuring you can maximise student learning. Whether it’s the management of your curriculum or innovative teaching, an efficient and effective wireless solution will streamline your school, providing a reliable service across your classrooms and your entire estate.

Reducing delayed lesson time and increasing security for students, staff and data, a modern wireless solution (Wifi 6) just makes sense and provides a foundation for digital confidence across your learning community.


What is Connect the Classroom?

Connect the Classroom is a programme funded by the Department for Education that aims to deliver just that by helping schools across the country to access modern, secure and reliable wireless networking solutions.


Is your school eligible?

The DfE has identified 55 areas across England that are eligible for funding and fall into the following categories:

Priority Education Investments Areas (All schools within these areas are eligible)

Blackpool, Bradford, Derby, Doncaster, Fenlands and East, Cambridgeshire, Halton, Hartlepool, Hastings, Ipswich, Knowsley, Liverpool, Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire Coast, Norwich, Nottingham, Oldham, Portsmouth, Rochdale, Salford, Sandwell, Stoke-on-Trent, Tameside, Walsall, West Somerset.

Education Investment Areas (All schools with an Ofsted rating of 3 or 4 within these areas are eligible)

Bedford, Bolton, Bury, Central Bedfordshire, Cornwall, County Durham, Coventry, Darlington, Derbyshire, Dorset, Dudley, East Sussex, Isle of Wight, Kirklees, Leeds, Lincolnshire, Luton, Manchester, Norfolk, North Northamptonshire, North Somerset, Nottinghamshire, Peterborough, Plymouth, Rotherham, Sefton, Somerset, South Gloucestershire, South Tyneside, St. Helens, Suffolk, Sunderland, Swindon, Wakefield, Wirral.

Intervention Schools (All intervention schools are eligible)


Please note: Connect the Classroom is a pilot programme, so if your school does not fall into one of the above areas, that may change with more areas added to the scheme. Of course, Dataspire is always tracking opportunities for schools, so follow us on your preferred socials (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn) to make sure you get all the updates!


How to get funding:

    1. If you are eligible for funding, you will have been contacted by the DfE detailing your qualification for the scheme.
    2. Please complete the following form at the bottom of this page to request a quote. Our team will happily discuss your options and provide a quote designed exclusively to DfE specifications. With expertise from Dataspire and best value from Aruba, you can confidently share your quote for review with your DfE Advisor.
    3. Once approved, our team will develop the plan for your project’s delivery. We’ve got you covered from order to installation and even the training and support to follow!


Why choose Dataspire?

Firstly, We Have Stock Available Right Now! Since the pandemic, accessing equipment as and when you need it has become a challenge but through our relationship with Aruba, we have immediate access to the wireless solutions you need.

Next, we’ve worked with the DfE for many years, delivering various projects including the ICT requirements for New School Builds, so we know the exact specifications required to support your school to get the most from this scheme.

We also have over 17 years of experience working with and supporting
schools across the UK and British International Schools in the Middle East, and deliver solutions that will:

  • improve outcomes for children and young people
  • help teachers to focus on teaching and learning
  • support senior leadership teams to drive progressive learning communities
  • align with DfE specifications
  • and create ICT confidence for schools

“The personnel infrastructure that sits behind Dataspire means that you are always covered, and we particularly liked having access to a project manager to lead on any IT projects, taking ownership off the school and putting it into their hands.” 

Jon Duffy, Director of IT and Business Studies
Chesterfield High School


Our team of DBS-approved engineers have delivered and supported hundreds of networks in educational environments with minimal disruption, within budget and on time so we will work closely with you to ensure you correctly tick all the boxes, increase your online capabilities, and develop a long-term plan for sustainable education and technology.

With this considerable experience in delivering DfE solutions, we can ensure your application is a success.


Connect your Classrooms today!

To learn more about the programme and get a quote for your solution – let’s talk!

All you have to do is complete the form below and we will walk you through the rest.

Connect the Classroom with Dataspire