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Access to Oak National Academy online learning without data

Please see this story from the BBC regarding access to the DfE's Oak National Academy online learning site. Many mobile providers are now making access free so even if you have no data on your mobile, you can still access the resources. Please see details from the BBC below or click on this link to see the full BBC article.

"Mobile networks are to make online education resource Oak National Academy free to access until schools reopen.

Mobile customers with O2, Three, Vodafone, EE, BT, Virgin, Sky and Plusnet will be able to browse the site even if they are out of data.The government-funded website was launched in last year's first lockdown, as a learning hub in England. BT customers will get similar data-free access to BBC Bitesize, as part of a "Lockdown Learning" initiative.

“The telecoms firms are now really stepping up, and thanks to them, universal access could be a reality,” said Matt Hood, principal of Oak National Academy.  “There are technical issues to resolve, but we’re confident with everyone around the table that these are not insurmountable. Everyone wants to do the right thing for the country’s children, and I’m delighted that we’ve come together to make this happen.”

The telecoms firms have yet to confirm exactly when the free data access will begin, with the exception of BT which said it would be by the end of January."