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Ordnance Survey, Great Britain’s mapping agency is funding a scheme to assist schools in England who presently have an Ofsted rating of 3 (requires improvement) or 4 (inadequate). As of March 2022, the scheme has been extended to include both eligible primary and secondary schools.

The scheme aims to ensure that these schools are able to deliver excellence in teaching with Ordnance Survey maps by providing free access to Digimap for Schools. The scheme started in 2019 and has been reviewed and extended in 2022 to include Ofsted 3/4 primary schools.

Why are we doing this?

Comparatively few schools with an Ofsted rating of 3 or 4 are presently subscribers to Digimap for Schools and Ordnance Survey research has highlighted that these schools face additional budgeting challenges which means that they are not able to prioritise paying for a licence to access Digimap for Schools. This initative is aimed at addressing this shortfall by removing the need for payment. Ordnance Survey have prepaid for all English Ofsted 3 or 4 eligible schools to have free access to the service for a two year period from 2022. This scheme will provide free access for 24 months for schools that presently have an Ofsted 3 or 4 rating. Eligible schools will benefit from free use of Digimap for Schools together with priority opportunities for teacher training. Participating schools are required to ensure that their students are informed about the availability of Digimap for Schools and provided with direct password access to it.

One login, accessible from anywhere on any supported device. Unlimited use at school and home for students, teachers and parents.

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