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DfE Digital and Technology Standards for Schools

Meeting the DfE’s Digital and Technology Standards in Schools
Ensure your school meets DfE Digital and Technology Standards to provide equal learning opportunities.
As of January 2024, the Department for Education has revised its guidelines on how to meet digital and technology standards in schools and colleges.

These standards outline the fundamental requirements to consider when upgrading and renewing digital infrastructure under the following 11 categories.

  • Broadband
  • Wireless Network
  • Cyber Security
  • Filtering and Monitoring
  • Digital Leadership and Governance
  • Digital Accessibility
  • Cabling
  • Network Switching
  • Cloud Solutions
  • Servers and Storage
  • Laptops, Desktops and Tablets

Meeting these standards will enable you to make more informed decisions about technology, and it will lead to safer and more cost-efficient practices.

At Tel Group, we can assess your current provision and advise which actions need to be taken to ensure compliance with each standard. From there, we can implement the suggested improvements and upgrades to fulfil these requirements.

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 DfE Digital and Technology Standards for Schools

Meet the DfE’s 10 Digital and Technology Standards with Tel Group!

Broadband Internet Standards

Meeting DfE Guidelines

The DfE’s Broadband standards specify the minimum requirements for broadband connectivity type, speed and resilience.

  • Schools should use a full fibre connection for their broadband service
  • Schools should have a backup broadband connection to ensure resilience and maintain continuity of service
  • Schools should have appropriate IT security and safeguarding systems in place, under both child and data protection legislation

We can implement a broadband service that will meet these standards, with a high speed connection you can rely on.

Cyber Security Standards

Meeting DfE Guidelines

This standard specifies the minimum requirements for cyber security, user accounts and data protection.

  • Protect all devices on every network with a boundary or software firewall
  • Network devices should be known and recorded with their security features enabled
  • Accounts should only have the access they require to perform their roles
  • You should use MFA 
  • You should use anti-malware
  • An administrator should check the security of all applications
  • All online devices and software should be licenced and patched
  • You should have at least 3 backup copies of important data, on at least 2 separate devices. 1 must be offsite
  • You should have a tried and tested disaster recovery and a contingency plan
  • Serious cyber attacks should be reported
  • You must conduct DPIAs
  • Train all staff in basics of cyber security

We can help you implement a cyber security strategy most suitable for your school.

Laptop, Desktop and Tablet Standards

Meeting DfE Guidelines

Having the right devices for students and staff will help provide more engaging learning environments and give students equal opportunities.

  • Devices should meet educational needs and support the digital technology strategy
  • Devices should be safe and secure
  • Devices should meet or exceed the minimum requirements
  • Make sure devices are energy efficient, and they are bought and disposed of sustainably

We can provide and configure a range of school devices to support your digital technology strategy.

Servers and Storage Standards

Meeting DfE Guidelines

This standard specifies the minimum requirements for servers and storage, including security, energy efficiency and environments.

  • All servers and related storage platforms should continue to work if any single component or service fails
  • Servers and related storage platforms must be secure and follow data protection legislation
  • All servers and related storage platforms should be energy-efficient and set up to reduce power consumption, while still meeting user needs
  • All server and related storage platforms should be kept and used in an appropriate physical environment

Let us help you meet DfE Server and Storage standards by reviewing and improving your current processes.

Digital Leadership and Governance Standards

Meeting DfE Guidelines

The DfE’s Digital Leadership and Governance standards identifies roles and responsibilities, establishes critical processes and ensures that up-to-date information is available to support decision making.

  • Assign a senior leadership team (SLT) member to be responsible for digital technology
  • Keep registers relating to hardware and systems up to date 
  • Include digital technology within disaster recovery and business continuity plans
  • Have a digital technology strategy that is reviewed every year

We can help improve your digital leadership and governance, aiding in completing these standards accordingly. 

Digital Accessibility Standards

Meeting DfE Guidelines

This standard specifies the minimum requirements you should meet on digital accessibility. This is required to ensure that digital products, content and services are accessible and user friendly for everyone.

  • Include digital accessibility in relevant strategies and policies
  • Hardware and software should support the use of accessibility features 
  • Communications should be accessible to all

Let us help you meet DfE Digital Accessibility standards by reviewing and improving your current processes.

Wireless Network Standards

Meeting DfE Guidelines

This standard specifies the minimum requirements for wireless network performance, coverage, management and security.

  • Use the latest wireless network standard approved by the Wi-Fi Alliance
  • Have a fully functional signal from your wireless network throughout the school or college buildings and externally where required
  • Have a solution that can centrally manage the wireless network
  • Install security features to stop unauthorised access

When your school is ready to upgrade your underperforming and unsupported network, Tel Group will be here to guide you through it.

Filtering and Monitoring Standards

Meeting DfE Guidelines

Filtering and monitoring are both important parts of safeguarding students and staff from potentially harmful and inappropriate online material. 

  • You should identify and assign roles and responsibilities to manage your filtering and monitoring systems
  • You should review your filtering and monitoring provision at least annually
  • Your filtering system should block harmful and inappropriate content, without unreasonably impacting teaching and learning
  • You should have effective monitoring strategies that meet the safeguarding needs of your school or college

We can help your school meet the DfE regulations, block unauthorised content and websites and monitor usage.

Cloud Solution Standards

Meeting DfE Guidelines

This standard specifies the minimum requirements you should meet when using or moving to cloud solutions, including managing access, availability, data protection and backup.

  • Use cloud solutions as an alternative to locally-hosted systems, including servers
  • Cloud solutions must follow data protection legislation
  • Cloud solutions should use ID and access management tools
  • Cloud solutions should work on a range of devices and be available when needed
  • Make sure that appropriate data backup provision is in place

We can work with your school to provide scalable, on-demand cloud solutions to support you on your cloud journey.

Network Cabling Standards

Meeting DfE Guidelines

Network cabling is the backbone of your network, connecting your infrastructure and devices together. The DfE has issued the minimum standards relating to the specification of your network cabling.

  • Copper cabling should be Category 6A (Cat 6A)
  • Optical fibre cabling should be a minimum 16 core multi-mode OM4
  • New cabling should be installed and tested in line with the manufacturer’s guidance, warranty terms, and conditions

At Tel Group, we offer network cabling services for upgrades as well as new school builds. We will meet the recommended DfE standards and assist in the design and deployment of network cabling projects for your school.

Network Switching Standards

Meeting DfE Guidelines

Switches connect network devices and allow them to communicate with one another. The requirements specify four categories which the DfE advises your school to meet.

  • The network switches should provide fast, reliable and secure connections to all users both wired and wireless
  • Have a platform that can centrally manage the network switching infrastructure
  • The network switches should have security features to protect users and data from unauthorised access
  • Core network switches should be connected to at least one UPS to reduce the impact of outages

We are able to provide your school with DfE compliant switches to support your schools infrastructure.

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Helping Your School Meet DfE Standards

Utilising the Department for Education’s guidance on meeting digital and technology standards in schools and colleges is imperative to make well-informed decisions about technology, benchmark at a base level, and implement the correct digital infrastructure and technology.

As an IT partner, we are able to evaluate your current provisions based on the guidelines, assist you in identifying priorities, determine next steps and implement and maintain the developments.

Contact us today to get started on meeting the DfE’s Digital and Technology Requirements!



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