Last updated 22 April 2020
Digital devices for disadvantaged and vulnerable children
The government announced over the weekend that they'd be providing digital devices for disadvantaged and vulnerable children to help them continue with studies where possible.
They have stated that "devices will be ordered for children who would otherwise not have access and are preparing for exams (in year 10), receive support from a social worker or are a care leaver.
Where care leavers, children with a social worker at secondary school and children in year 10, do not have internet connections, we are providing 4G routers to them so that they can learn at home. And, the country’s major telecommunication providers will make it easier for families to access selected educational resources by temporarily exempting these sites from data charges."
The Department for Education also stated that "Local authorities, trusts and other relevant organisations overseeing schools will be given guidance on how to place online orders for devices for eligible pupils from Wednesday 22 April. Schools, parents and pupils will not be able to order the devices themselves."
Whilst we appreciate that many of you will be keen to be included in this scheme, please wait to be contacted by someone from the LA or your school. We will do all we can to support your children and young people in making the most of this scheme, when the information becomes available.