Connect The Classroom from the Department for Education is a fully funded programme that aims to improve local switch and wireless infrastructure in schools across the UK.

When schools issue their students with laptops and tablets to enable a more diverse learning environment, connectivity and network security are essential. The DfE Connect The Classroom Scheme works to help hundreds of UK schools build an effective network Infrastructure for their students.

Over the next 3 years, there will be approximately £150M allocated to invest in modern, high-spec wireless and LAN infrastructure for thousands of eligible schools.

Connect the classroom network connectivity improvements


Is your school in an education investment area? Or have you been evaluated as ” Requires Improvement” or “Inadequate” in their most recent inspection? Then it is likely that you will be eligible for this essential funding.

The twenty-four priority education investment areas that have been identified by the Department for Education are – Blackpool, Bradford, Derby, Doncaster, Fenlands & East Cambridgeshire, Halton, Hartlepool, Hastings, Ipswich, Knowsley, Liverpool, Middlesborough, North Yorkshire Coast, Norwich, Nottingham, Oldham, Portsmouth, Rochdale, Salford, Sandwell, Stoke-on-Trent, Tameside, Walsall, & West Somerset.


The Clarion team are here to provide clear, expert guidance across a maze of Telecoms, and ICT solutions, with a proven track record in helping academic institutions to find the best solutions.

  •  20+ years of learning and understanding the ever-evolving ICT landscape.
  •  A proven track record in helping academic institutions to find the best IT & Telecom solutions.
  • All recommendations from our team are supported by a sustainability commitment.
  • We help schools enhance their own CSR credentials.
  • Clarion partners with some of the best and most reliable Voice, Network and IT suppliers in the UK

To read about our other ICT Solutions for Education click here.

Check your school’s eligibility…

    What’s The Process?

    Engagement - Initial contact with DfE

    Assessment – Submit a network asset form and fill out a survey

    Procurement – Select your preferred supplier & cost matrix

    Funding - If approved, DfE give the school a funding agreement

    Delivery – Schedule works with your chosen supplier

    Finalisation - Submit any cost changes to DfE

    Claim - Submit an invoice for the works and DfE will channel payment through the responsible body

    or simply get in touch and one of our System Consultants will happily walk you through all the available options.

    • logos-harrow-club"The Team at Clarion have instigated a series of cost-effective improvements to our equipment, network and processes that have significantly enhanced the Harrow Club’s ICT experience for staff and kids alike."

      Tashava Francis The Harrow Club
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