Disadvantaged children across the Lewes constituency 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.
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.
Maria Caulfield MP said “It is vital at a time like this that Government recognise that there are disadvantaged children who do not have access to the internet at home, or who do not have laptops or tablets. These things are vital to enable children to still learn while at home. These children should not be left behind while their friends are able to carry on learning from home. I am pleased that the Government will now be helping these children across the Lewes constituency.”
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson MP said “I want to thank all the teachers and staff who are working so hard to ensure vulnerable children and those of critical workers are supported at this time. Schools will remain closed until the scientific advice changes, which is why we need to support the incredible work teachers are already doing to ensure children continue to receive the education they deserve and need.”
“By providing young people with these laptops and tablets and enabling schools to access high quality support, we will enable all children to continue learning now and in the years to come. We hope this support will take some of the pressure off both parents and schools by providing more materials for them to use.”
Schools and colleges will be able to keep their laptops and tablets once they have reopened. This means that they will play a crucial role in enabling children to learn while schools and colleges are closed, and will also continue helping children learn in the future.