Julian Knight MP has welcomed the announcement that disadvantaged pupils across Solihull have received 1103 laptops and tablets so far, as part of the 700,000 devices that will have been delivered across England.
Over 100,000 were delivered last week alone, and by the end of the week more than 700,000 laptops and tablets will have been delivered to schools and local authorities.
The Conservative Government has also announced that a further 300,000 devices will be made available to pupils across the country, taking the total number of laptops and tablets for disadvantaged young people up to 1.3 million.
The additional 300,000 devices lifts government investment by another £100 million, meaning over £400 million will have been invested in supporting disadvantaged children and young people who need the most help with access to technology through the pandemic.
These extra devices are part of the Government’s mission to give every child a high-quality remote education while schools are closed.
Other measures it has taken include providing more than 54,000 4G routers to schools and colleges across England, ensuring that no child’s education is prohibited by a lack of internet access, and working in partnership with the UK’s leading mobile phone operators, including EE, Three, O2 and Vodafone, to deliver free internet access for those students until July 2021; with a number of these providers committing to work with the Government-funded Oak National Academy to provide free access to its online lessons.
To further boost the quality of remote education for all students, the Government has strengthened the minimum standards for remote learning provision, so every child, no matter where they learn, receives the great education they deserve.
Commenting, Julian said:
“While schools remain shut for the vast majority of students across Solihull, it is vital that we do all we can to give every child access to a high-quality remote education until they are allowed to re-open.
“The 1103 new laptops and laptops we have received from the Government, alongside the raft of measures to help schools deliver high-quality online learning, will help to make this a reality, ensuring that no child’s education is hindered because of their background, location or their circumstances.
“The moment that the virus permits, all our children will be back in school with their teachers and their friends. But until then, these measures will ensure that every child can get the world class education that they deserve.
Commenting, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said:
“I know just how difficult this year has been for parents and teachers, now more so than ever. I want nothing more than for every child to be in the classroom with their friends and teachers, but with that not possible we are doing everything in our power to support schools with high-quality remote education.”
“These additional devices, on top of the 100,000 delivered last week, add to the significant support we are making available to support schools deliver high-quality online learning, as we know they have been doing.”
“Our guidance reflects the increased number of hours pupils should benefit from, and schools publishing their plans lets parents know that their children are not missing out on the great education they deserve”.