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Free data for an extra 150,000 students from Mail Force

We all know how important education is, but there are too many children and families who still can't access online learning at home because they don't have the right connectivity.

That's why the Mail Force Computers for Kids initiative has partnered with Vodafone to extend the schools.connected programme and give an extra 150,000 data SIMs to young people most in need in schools and colleges across the UK. Each SIM has 30GB data to use for 90 days.

Get involved and help those most in need to #KeepConnecting. Terms apply

What is Mail Force?

Mail Force is a charity that's stepped up to help hundreds of thousands of children who don't have laptops and the necessary data connectivity to follow online classes. So far, the Daily Mail has raised over £10m for Mail Force's Computers for Kids initiative, and has the backing of many celebrities and UK businesses. Watch their campaign video here

How to apply for data SIMs for your school/college

Fill in our simple online form to apply for free data SIMs for your school/college. SIMs available until 31 May 2021 - while stock lasts.

Each eligible school/college will be allocated a certain number of SIMs. Find out more about how we allocate these SIMs across schools/colleges.

Your SIMs will be dispatched within two weeks.

  

Why we need to #KeepConnecting

While great progress has been made in recent months, headteachers and education trusts continue to see lack of access to devices and poor connectivity as major concerns. As the mission to catch up begins, it's more important than ever to ensure every young person has access to online learning.

We've already sent 350,000 SIMs as part of schools.connected, and now, together with Mail Force's Computers for Kids initiative, we'll be able to help a total of half a million young people most in need across the UK to get online.

Why we need to #KeepConnecting

Order your data-only SIMs today

30GB SIM card

Data-only SIM
30GB data
Lasts 90 days
Terms apply

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What else do you need to know?

Data lasts for 90 days once the SIM is activated.
 

Put the SIM into a smartphone to act as a Wi-Fi hotspot - or insert straight into a smart laptop.

All SIMs are pre-configured to block age-restricted content.
 

Frequently asked questions

This plan is open to every further education college, state primary and secondary school in the UK.

Unfortunately not - headteachers are the only people allowed to place orders for their own schools/colleges.

If you think you would benefit from these SIMs, please get in touch with your headteacher.

Headteachers are ultimately responsible for the decisions at their schools/colleges, which is why we feel they are best placed to make these orders - and to ensure that only one order is placed for each eligible school/college.

Headteachers will be able to place orders from Monday 22 February 2021 until Monday 31 May 2021, or until we have distributed all 150,000 SIMs - whichever happens first.

Unfortunately we are only allowing one order for each eligible school/college, in order to help us support as many schools/colleges across the UK as possible. Multiple orders for the same school/college will not be accepted.

Any schools that placed an order between November 2020 and January 2021 will not be able to place a second order for any additional SIMs.

Once dispatched, it should take up to three working days for the SIMs to arrive at your school/college.

We'll keep you up to date on the progress of your order via email.

This is for the schools/colleges to decide because they are best placed to consider the educational needs of their pupils.

We anticipate that they will look at the available indicators, including free school meals, pupil premium etc.

We also trust that schools/colleges will look beyond these indicators and consider who else might be considered disadvantaged (e.g. pupils who may fall just above the threshold of getting access to any benefits).

This is a setting we provide on our network to prevent customers under the age of 18 from accessing age-inappropriate content on mobile devices - such as pornography, violence, discrimination, drugs or crime.

This content bar works when using the Vodafone mobile network only, which means if your device is connected to the internet over WiFi, this age-inappropriate content may still be available - this can be managed from the settings of the broadband provider.

There are limitations in internet search engine results or adult content hosted on social media sites, so we always recommend parental supervision when children are using digital technology. We also recommend applying additional parental controls and filtering to your child's device, app, browser and search engine settings.

Find out more about parental controls and filtering

These SIMs are compatible with any smartphone, tablet and other devices that have a SIM card port.

If your device also has a hotspot feature, you can use this to tether other smartphones, tablets or laptops to this connection - even if they don't have a SIM card port.

For more information on using hotspots, head to our device guides.

If your device is locked to another network that isn't Vodafone, you will have to get in touch with that provider and ask them for a Network Unlock Code (NUC).

This can sometimes happen when first inserting the SIM card into your device - usually because the SIM card does not match the settings on your device.

If your device asks you to choose from several Vodafone options, select Vodafone (Pre-Pay) and your SIM card will activate.

Don't worry if you accidentally press the wrong option - this can be adjusted in your device settings.

To find out how, please visit our Device Guides page for more information.

The 30GB data will last for 90 days, which starts from the moment the SIM card is activated.

Once those 90 days are up, you will still be able to top up the SIM with data, like a regular data-only SIM, for which you will be charged in accordance with your selected price plan.

For more information, please visit our Top up page.

No, these are data-only SIMs.

If you're having issues with your SIM card, please book an appointment with a Tech Team expert by visiting our Tech Team page. All appointments are currently conducted virtually due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Alternatively, call us on 191 free from a Vodafone mobile, or 03333 040191 from a non-Vodafone mobile.

If we're unable to fix the issue, we would advise the pupil/parent in possession of the SIM to get in touch with their school/college to claim another SIM card.

If you require a replacement SIM, contact schools.connected@gktelecom.com for support.

If you think your school/college is eligible for this scheme but is not on the list, please ask the headteacher of the school/college to get in contact with our partner, GK Telecom, for further assessment.

Email: schools.connected@gktelecom.com

Every further education college, state primary and secondary school in the UK is entitled to these 30GB data SIMs. We are using an allocation system which helps us determine how many SIMs we offer to each school/college.

This system is built around a number of factors, including the school/college type, student population and/or proportion of pupils eligible for free school meals in the local authority the school/college is located in.

Once your order has been confirmed, you should receive an email with order tracking details from our partner, GK Telecom.

If you didn't receive this email, or you need further support with your order, please get in touch using the details below.

Telephone: 01753 568 441
Email: schools.connected@gktelecom.com