Schools across Dorset are reaping the benefits of the faster, more reliable broadband speeds thanks to a county council-run initiative.

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Piddle Valley CE First School pupils Chris Kearsey (left), Ella Greer, Rhys Godwin and Elizabeth Rowe using tablets and their superfast connection

Superfast Dorset, working with its delivery partner Openreach, has provided roughly 84,000 homes and businesses with access to superfast broadband.

But the roll-out has brought wider community benefits too, including making faster connections available to 78 of the county’s schools.

Piddle Valley CE First School in Piddletrenthide has 84 pupils aged up to nine, and has also switched from standard to fibre broadband.

Headteacher Jayne Browne said: “Even our younger children in the Reception class see IT as a link to supporting and enhancing their learning, whether learning through games or researching for information.

“All staff and children find the system less frustrating, especially when a whole class are wanting to access the internet on our laptops or iPads.

“Overall the improved connection has supported many aspects of the school including our office systems. This has been important to Piddle Valley CE First School as we are so much more reliant on the internet these days.”

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