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Home Access Grants for school pupils and their families


Families in Nottingham on low-incomes could be eligible to apply for a Home Access Grant to get access to a FREE computer and internet access to get online at home.


The Home Access programme is a national government initiative launched in January 2010 which could provide practical and financial support for over 4,000 low income families in Nottingham.


It enables pupils and their family members to have access to technology at home to learn safely, have fun and achieve more. Eligible families can apply for a Home Access Grant to purchase a computer and internet package from a number of approved suppliers.


Learners who have additional or particular learning needs will benefit from 'assistive technology' packages and every family member in the household will benefit from the computer and internet access, not just the pupil.


Eligibility criteria


Eligible families are those with children in school years 3 to 9 who attend state maintained schools in England on a full time basis and did not receive a computer from the 'Computers for Pupils' or the 'Home Access programme’ in the past.


Of these families, the second criterion is that the family fits one of the following:


  • the child is eligible for free school meals; or


  • parent(s) receives at least one of the following


-Income Support;

 -Income-Based Job Seekers Allowance;

 -Child Tax Credit but not working Tax Credit and has an income of less than £16,040;

 -Guaranteed Pension Credit (not savings credit);

 -Income-Based Employment Support Allowance; or

 -Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act.


Home Access Grants also extend to children in care and young people with special educational needs.







Product details


Home Access packages have been designed with learners needs in mind and consist of:


  • a portable or desktop PC;
  • pre-installed productivity, E-safety software (parental controls) and assistive technology applications;
  • one year's service and support including warranty and re-instatement service in the event of theft; and
  • internet access for one year.


Application process


Parents need to contact the Home Access Grant Helpline on 0333 200 1004 (a local rate number) to get a Home Access Grant application pack.


If you are a Foster Carer for Looked After Children in years 1 to 13 or a Child in Care then you could also get a Home Access Grant. Please contact your Social Worker or Barbara MacCarthy on 0115 9157846 or email


Parents and carers of children and young people with Special Educational Needs can contact the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) at their school, call 0115 9150762 or email


More information


For more information please:


Alternatively contact your local school.


If parents/carers need help completing the application form please call the Home Access Grant Helpline on 0333 2001004, speak to your local school, parent support worker or visit your local Children's Centre. Foster carers should speak to their Social Worker.