EDUCATION: Upgrade Your Wireless Network With Connect the Classroom Funding

4 min read.

21 September 2023

Is your school or college eligible for technology funding to upgrade its wireless network? The DfE are currently running a “Connect The Classroom” scheme to support the increased pressure placed on Wi-Fi networks in secondary education...

How Can 'Connect the Classroom' Funding Help Your School?

The Department for Education's (DfE) Connect the Classroom funding scheme has been created due to the rapid advance of digital learning in the classroom, where schools are now expected to have access to a reliable and strong WiFi network in order to provide the best possible learning experience to their students.  

If your school or college is eligible for this scheme and you would like the support of an approved Everything ICT supplier, Netprotocol can offer specialist experience of wireless and networking within the Education sector, and would be happy to support you with the solution design to submit within your funding application.

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Netprotocol is an approved supplier on the Everything ICT (EICT) Framework – this certification provides a cost effective, compliant and convenient ICT Procurement Channel for public sector organisations to purchase ICT solutions. Through this framework, we can help you claim your Connect the Classroom funding, avoiding the need for a lengthy tendering process, whilst meeting UK procurement regulations. Find out more about the EICT framework here >>


Whilst accessing online resources and streaming lessons/videos is now common practice within the modern-day classroom; this is placing increased demand on outdated WiFi networks. Netprotocol has worked with Education clients for over 20 years and supported schools and colleges across the UK to make the transition to a combined classroom-based and digital-learning environment. Each solution we design is bespoke to the needs of your school’s site layout and learning objectives. Hear what some of our clients have to say here >>


We are a Platinum partner to world-leading networking vendor, Extreme Networks. As certified specialists in their ExtremeCloud IQ platform, we will transform your network, building a cutting edge wireless infrastructure which is both reliable, scalable and secure. Offering a unified management portal which is driven by machine learning, this innovative platform streamlines operations by delivering new levels of network automation and intelligence. Watch How It Works Here >>

How To Claim Your Funding

If you're not already sure, first you must find out from the DfE if you are eligible to claim. Once you know you are, Netprotocol will be happy to assist with your Connect the Classroom application submission and the delivery of the wireless upgrade project - helping you achieve the best outcome for your school. To summarise, with our experience, we can offer you the following support:

  • Carry out a full remote wireless site survey and design plan

  • Draw up a proposal outlining the solution which fits with the DfE's conditions

  • Send your application to the DfE with supporting documents

  • Deploy the solution proposed, once funding has been granted

  • Work in close partnership to make a smooth transition to your new Wi-Fi network

  • Provide training and post-installation care as required

How The Funding Can Benefit Your School

As technology continues to advance, schools face ongoing challenges for offering a stimulating and rewarding learning environment. Expected to offer more to students with less budget - whilst maintaining complete control of network activity, across a complex array of devices and resources – the DfE’s Connect the Classroom funding scheme has been developed to support schools and colleges in overcoming these issues.  

If you are looking to ensure your students and teachers are continuously connected to learning resources and curricular materials from anywhere at anytime, through any device – whilst maintaining full control - the funding will help eligible schools and colleges achieve that.

The DfE funding won’t be around forever, and so if you are eligible to claim, please contact us for help with processing your application to upgrade your school’s wireless infrastructure.

The Next Step...

Once you've confirmed you are eligible for funding, please call one of the team at Netprotocol for further advice on 0330 055 3385 or email

Alternatively, click below to reserve your place on our next Q&A session, where you can find out more how we can support the application process, what the funding will cover, together with timeframes and support available for designing and delivering a new wireless solution:

DATE: WEDNESDAY 18th October 2023

TIME: 10.00am (GMT) - *Sign Up Below*

Can't attend this date? Please sign up anyway and we'll send you a recording.

FREE Q&A SESSION: Application Support for 'CONNECT THE CLASSROOM' Funding