New major package to support online learning
April 20, 2020
Education Secretary announces that vulnerable and disadvantaged young people across the country will receive free laptops.
Disadvantaged children across England are set to receive laptops and tablets as part of a push to make remote education accessible for pupils staying at home during the coronavirus outbreak.
The plan is part of a new push to make remote education accessible for pupils stuck at home due to the current lockdown. The Government will order computers for children in the most vital stages of their education. Furthermore they will also provide 4G routers, but only to make sure “disadvantaged secondary school pupils and care leavers” can access the internet if they don’t already have it.
Devices will be ordered for children in the most vital stages of their education, those who receive support from a social worker and care leavers.
The government will also provide 4G routers to make sure disadvantaged secondary school pupils and care leavers can access the internet – where those families do not already have mobile or broadband internet in the household.
The country’s major telecommunications providers will make it easier for families to access selected educational resources by temporarily exempting these sites from data charges.