|This week will see the first of 1,800 Norfolk pupils receiving a laptop as part of the Government’s scheme to support young people to learn remotely during the pandemic and help tackle digital exclusion. |
Laptops and tablets are being provided for disadvantaged families, children and young people who do not currently have access to them through another source, such as their school.
To ensure the support goes to children who need it most the county council is following the government’s guidelines and is working with schools and specialist providers to identify those eligible. Devices will be distributed over the coming days and weeks. All laptops will be delivered in a ‘good to go state’ so they can be used as soon as they are taken out of the box.
Cllr John Fisher, cabinet member for children’s services, said: “This Government scheme is very welcome as it will help provide vital remote learning support for many of our young people in this difficult time. Schools know their children best and will be using these laptops as one way of helping to ensure children have access to learning at home.
“This Government scheme complements work we already do, via our Virtual School, to provide laptops or necessary devices to care experienced young people between the ages of 16 and 25. During the pandemic we’ve extended our scheme to include all children in care to help support their online learning.”
In addition to the support for remote learning, schools and academies across the county have been working with those who can’t access learning virtually, to make sure all children can still access education.
More information on the Government scheme is here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/get-help-with-technology-for-remote-education-during-coronavirus-covid-19