With Wave 1 and Wave 2 Connect the Classroom funding applications now in progress for improved Wi-Fi solutions, Wave 3 schools have been invited to take part in the Department of Education’s (DfE) project.
If you are one of the schools that have been invited onto the scheme, all you need to do is engage with us to get a quote for a new local area network (LAN) and Wi-Fi solution and we will complete all the paperwork and provide the response that you need to pass onto the DfE.
The Connect the Classroom project is about bringing rural and often older school infrastructures up to the standard that a new-build school would be using. This might involve installing larger and deeper racks to hold the core switches and connectivity equipment, fibre connectivity between the core cabinet and any edge cabinets, and where required, CAT6 cabling for any new Wi-Fi access points.
The core switches need to meet the DfE guidelines, including 20Gb connections between the core and edge switches and 2.5Gb between switches and APs. Schools also need to consider resilience so the core switches must have redundant power supply units (PSUs) and uninterrupted power supplies (UPSs) to avoid single points of failure.
All this tech jargon may not mean much to schools, but it is our expertise so we can help with the funding application to make sure you do not miss out on this golden opportunity to upgrade your LAN and Wi-Fi infrastructure to support the multiple devices used by students, teachers and staff for the next 10 years.
swcomms is currently working with a number of schools across Devon, Dorset and Somerset to meet the deadlines of Wave 2 and would be happy to help any schools that are lucky enough to be part of Wave 3.