Choose the Fast, Reliable & Secure Broadband Option that Fits Your School or Multi Academy Trusts Needs
Why Consider LGfL Broadband?
LGfL CEO- John Jackson answers - Why consider LGfL broadband? Highlighting the key features and benefits of the LGfL service, available to all schools nationally as part of the National Grid for Learning.
LGfL provides provides safe, filtered and fast broadband to schools and Multi Academy Trust across the UK. Supercharge your broadband connection!
Award winning safe, filtered and fast broadband
Plus web filtering
Plus Cloud backup and disaster recovery
Plus access to 100's of curriculum resources
Plus free pupil premium checker
Safe, filtered and fast broadband with added extras
Plus secure remote access, cloud backup and disaster recovery.
Plus an unbeatable bundle of products including Meraki, Malwarebytes, Sophos, Adobe, Neverware that could save your school thousands of pounds
Plus free pupil premium checker
Save thousands of pounds with the value added bundle of software that we include for schools and Multi Academy Trusts with our broadband
LGfL broadband connects your school or Multi Academy Trust to the National Grid for Learning which has the capacity , security and safeguards to meet your school or Multi Academy Trusts needs
DDoS & firewall protected to keep your school and MAT safe and secure
MPLS private cloud designed for scale & high peformance
VRF enabled to support traffic segmentation and shared services
Quality of Service (QoS) ready for traffic prioritisation for apps such as VoIP
LGfL Broadband & The National Grid for Learning Enables the Digital Transformation of Multi Academy Trusts and Schools
Exning Primary school identified the need to upgrade their connectivity to support their strategic vision for the role of technology to support effective Teaching and Learning.
Members of the LGfL community visited the LGfL BETT 2019 stand and told us about the positive impact that the service was having on their school community.
Find out more about how LGfL helps you keep pupils safe online at your school with web filtering through our WebScreen product.
Attendees at the 2019 Curriculum conference explain the positive impact it has had on them and their school.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is LGfL more expensive than everyone else?
This is not true. LGfL isn’t more expensive on a like for like basis taking into account the features and bundled items we provide. Instead we offer fantastic value for money. Indeed a school can save thousands – perhaps more than the cost of the broadband - by taking advantage of all the additional items that we bundle with broadband including resources, CPD and conferences. Information on the savings that can be generated from taking advantage of the LGfL bundle (Let’s Get Digital) is available here at https://savings.lgfl.net
Is LGfL just a London thing?
No. LGfL broadband is available everywhere and we are the National Grid for Learning. Our network can be accessed anywhere in the UK because our network is already making use of many different telecommunications companies. This means that when our preferred partner VMB can’t deliver a circuit to a location for us we have arrangements in place that enable broadband provision through other companies such as BT and Talk Talk. Our move to national provision means that LGfL is now growing at pace around the UK including the north west, the midlands along with the south west and south east of the country.
What is different about LGfL Broadband?
Our broadband is designed for education, designed to go fast and to protect children. Unlike vanilla broadband we make sure that we keep children safe and data in schools secure. With remote learning on the increase, along with the use of cloud services, we also make sure that we build in capacity for expansion without incurring punitive costs to our customers. Since 2015 we’ve upgraded our schools twice to make sure they are future proofed and benefitting from modern kit, not exposed by being connected to obsolescent kit.
LGfL broadband is based on symmetrical fibre. This means our upload and download speeds are identical so when you have 100 Mbps connections from us, you have 200 Mbps total capacity. Many connections offer asynchronous connections (which are generally cheaper) but it means that you may have 100 Mbps broadband made up of say 70 Mbps one way and 30 Mbps the other. At peak times this can lead to contention and poor performance.
LGfL broadband connects schools and MATs to a National Grid for Learning (NGfL) rather than connecting a school directly to the internet which many of our competitors do. Any connection from LGfL to NGfL includes multiple layers of security and safeguards. This includes DDos, firewalls, anti virus, ransomware protection, malware protection and security monitoring. The network design is designed for speed and can be delivered at speeds from 10 Mbps to 10 Gbps. LGfL installs market leading equipment with the capacity to support growth wherever possible. Our National Grid for Learning is constantly monitored for exceptions and events of concern such as outages or potential security threats. LGfL, unlike other providers, also includes free product changes and upgrades without charging schools more money.
Can LGfL support Private Clouds and Shared Datacentres that MATs need?
Yes! LGfL’s network supports enterprise features essential for MAT’s and private networks. These virtual networks can exist between any endpoints in the UK so if schools are widely dispersed across the UK that doesn’t matter with LGfL.
The National Grid for Learning is an MPLS WAN which brings a range of advanced networking options for complex needs. All connections are provided within an IPVPN which means that connections and data are encrypted. For mission critical applications, NGfL provides support for Quality of Service enabling time critical data such as voice calls to have priority over the network. If your MAT wishes to create a shared datacentre, LGfL can create a multi site VRF to guarantee performance and throughout between connected sites and the shared centre. If you need layer 2 services we can also configure our network to support them. Indeed, we have a passion for supporting complex configurations and requirements so if we'd be delighted to help solve your problems and needs.