The benefits of specialist providers for Broadband for Education

Should broadband for education be left to specialists?

Connectivity is a service that schools should not compromise on; without it, schools’ day-to-day operations and classes cannot run. As Coconnect is a specialist provider of broadband for education, we felt it was a good idea to produce a blog on why schools should procure through a specialist.

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What services can specialist school broadband providers implement in schools?

A specialist provider of broadband for education can implement school internet, school internet filtering, security, VoIP Phone systems for schools and additional cloud services for schools that sit on the network for Schools and MATs. These services could include remote network and device management, cloud servers and cloud storage.

Benefits of procuring broadband for education through a specialist provider.

The main benefit of procuring broadband for education through a specialist school broadband provider is the provider is an education-focused company. There are 4 reasons this is a benefit.

Meeting our school and pupil needs.

A specialist school broadband provider focuses on providing schools with internet that meets the specific school’s needs. They have highly skilled experts and engineers dedicated to providing a solution that fits your school’s size and growth plans while embracing pupils’ needs. The resulting school broadband package is connectivity that meets the current and future needs of the school but also a solution that works best for the students.

Greater support and reliability.

Broadband for education is not a service which should be compromised. Without a reliable broadband connection, schools risk hindering pupils’ learning. A specialist provider is experienced in developing reliable packages with higher uptime giving school confidence that their connection will not go offline.

A specialist provider has better support with dedicated support engineers trained in broadband for edcuation systems; they can find solutions for problems quickly and provide proactive support, spotting problems before you see them.

Procuring broadband for education through a specialist provider will be the point of call when issues go wrong, whereas, through IT resellers, your first point of call is them, who then raise a ticket with their broadband supplier, which reduces the efficiency of their support.

KCSIE and Prevent Duty compliant web filtering.

A part of the KCSIE and Prevent Duty requirements for schools is to have a school internet filtering solution that complies with their standards. A web filtering provider will power a School Broadband provider’s web filtering system and you can procure web filtering through a school broadband provider.

A school broadband provider has the industry knowledge to partner with web filtering for school providers that meets KCSIE and Prevent Duty standards. Procuring web filtering directly from a provider runs the risk of the system not meeting standards; we recommend checking if they do before procuring.

We partner with Netsweepeer and Smoothwall to power our Web Filtering, and we recommend, if you’re not procuring through us, to go directly through them. They are market leaders, and both systems comply with KCSIE and Prevent Duty standards.

Efficient onboarding.

Broadband for education specialist providers has efficient onboarding processes. They are experienced in delivering and migrating schools onto a network from another broadband provider or local authority with the least disruption to school operation and classroom learning.

One point of contact for core and additional services.

A school broadband provider predominately provides 4 core services:

  • Connectivity
  • Web-filtering
  • Security (Anti-Virus and Firewalls)
  • VoIP phone systems for schools

They can also provide additional school cloud services, including remote network and device management, cloud servers, cloud storage and Office 365 backup. Schools can build a cloud IT strategy around one supplier that is an education-focused provider and have one point of contact for all services when things go wrong.


To summarise, broadband for education should be left to the specialists because they are educated and have a pupil-first approach. They will provide your school with a solution that meets current and future needs without compromising quality or reliability because they are experienced in delivering this. If you’re looking at procuring elsewhere, we recommend an education IT reseller who partners with an educational broadband specialist like Joskos or Concero.

Why Coconnect?

  • Coconnect can provide a safe, secure, and reliable internet for schools and trusts that meet the new DFE recommendations.
  • Coconnect thrive on providing exceptional service, and we don’t hide our stats; we are proud of our 99.995% uptime, 99% customer renewals and 100% customer satisfaction.
  • Market-leading support and SLAs from a team of expert engineers who pride themselves on finding issues when they do occur before you do
  • Seamless onboarding and migration with a dedicated delivery service manager, account manager and installation engineer.
  • Industry-leading web filtering and safeguarding solution in partnership with Smoothwall, Netsweeper and Senso.
  • Enterprise standard Firewalls and Anti-Virus from Fortinet and ESET.
  • Additional cloud services include managed VoIP phone systems, remote devices, network management, office 365 backup, etc., creating a full cloud IT strategy.

Looking at school broadband providers?

If you are looking at new school broadband providers, get in touch or book a call; we would be happy to have an honest discussion.

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