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26 January, 2023

DfE School Guidance – Meeting Broadband Standards

26 January, 2023

Is your school meeting the DfE’s Broadband Standards?

In January 2024, the Department for Education updated their guidance to schools regarding how to meet digital and technology standards. This standard specifies the minimum requirements for your schools broadband connectivity type, speed and resilience, to promote a safer and engaging learning environment.

With an emphasis on digital learning and practices, it’s important that your school works towards the DfE’s Broadband Standards to ensure usage of the right digital infrastructure and technology.

These guidelines emphasise your school needing a full fibre connection alongside a backup broadband and sufficient security and safeguarding processes in place.

We are able to guide you through these guidelines and help you implement a digital strategy most suitable for your school.

The DfE set out three standards your school needs to meet:

DfE Broadband Standards for schools - Full Fibre Connection
DfE Broadband Standards for schools - Backup Broadband
DfE Broadband Standards for schools - Security & Safeguarding

1. Full Fibre Connection

This guidance highlights the importance of having a robust connection and infrastructure in place, with full fibre connection (FFTP / Leased Lines) now a necessity.

A full fibre service provides the capacity and speed needed for effective use of online learning tools, as well as flexibility to future proof your school through more cost effective cloud-based solutions.

It is recommended that you upgrade to Full Fibre Connectivity as soon as possible.

2. Backup Broadband

As the internet is now an essential service in all schools, an automatic failover to an additional backup connection of a different type to your main connection is now required to provide internet continuity. You should ensure that appropriate measures are in place to mitigate against a single point of failure.

All of our broadband contracts come with the option to include a backup line to ensure resilience and prevent any disruption.

3. Security and Safeguarding

Safeguarding your students and staff from potentially harmful and inappropriate material online is essential and your school needs to implement site wide procedures for this. This includes ways to identify, intervene in, and escalate any concerns where appropriate.

At Tel Group, we have an extensive cyber security offering for schools. From complete cyber audits to conducting penetration tests and implementing firewall and web-filtering, we are able to help safeguard your students and staff.

In addition to this, we are also able to work with your school on an education support partnership where we monitor your entire infrastructure.

How Tel Group can help:

The Department for Education has advised that you should be looking to implement these standards as soon as you can. At Tel Group, we make it easier for you to ensure your school is meeting the standards.

We specialise in delivering an affordable broadband network to the education sector, equipped with a superior high-performance software program. Built to sustain the pressures of a demanding school environment, an upgrade to Fibre to the Premise (FTTP) or Single order Generic Ethernet Access (SoGEA) is essential.

Whatever your size and budget, we are committed to making high-speed wireless broadband simple, affordable and available for every school.

The DfE set out eleven categories your school needs to meet: