Broadband internet standards for schools and colleges – Meeting digital and technology standards in schools and colleges – Guidance – GOV.UK

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Find out what standards your school or college should meet on connection type, connection speed, resilience and safeguarding.
Full fibre services provide the capacity and speed needed for effective use of online learning tools.
Getting the fastest speed you can afford has a wide range of benefits including:
Full fibre services provide flexibility to future proof schools and colleges as demand for internet services increases.
You should be looking to implement this standard as soon as you can. This is usually at the end of any existing contract term or as soon as full fibre is available.
Ensure that any new contracts or contract extensions using other non-full fibre connection types provide the opportunity to change to fibre services as soon as possible when they become available.
You should ask your supplier or in-house support team to investigate the availability of full fibre broadband services and speeds.
Primary schools should have a minimum 100Mbps download speed and a minimum of 30Mbps upload speed.
Secondary schools, all-through schools and further education colleges should have a connection with the capacity to deliver 1Gbps download and upload speed.
Broadband should be provided using a full fibre connection.
Full fibre connections are sometimes described as:
Note: copper connections, while widely used in schools at present, do not meet this standard.
The speed of your internet services may vary depending on your:
See our other standards on wireless networks, cabling and switches.
With increasing reliance on internet-based services, broadband internet is an essential service. You should ensure that appropriate measures are in place to mitigate against a single point of failure.
Resilient services should be implemented alongside, or as soon as possible after a new connection is installed.
You should investigate which backup internet services are available and implement appropriate systems.
Your broadband provider will be able to advise on possible solutions and costs.
This standard requires a combination of the following:
It’s essential that children are safeguarded from potentially harmful and inappropriate online material. An effective whole school and college approach to online safety empowers a school or college to protect and educate students, and staff in their use of technology. It establishes ways to identify, intervene in, and escalate any concerns where appropriate.
You should already be meeting this standard as a part of the ongoing safeguarding requirements as set out in the statutory safeguarding guidance on keeping children safe in education.
You should talk to your supplier or in-house support team to ensure that you have a content filtering system in place which meets the requirements outlined in the online safety section of keeping children safe in education, paragraphs 123-135.
You should also ensure that you have a firewall as part of your internet and network system. This could be an on premises’ device directly protecting your network and directly managed by the school or college. It also might be an ‘edge’ service provided and managed by your supplier or in-house support team.
More detailed information about online safety can be found at:
Don’t include personal or financial information like your National Insurance number or credit card details.
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