Thousands of laptops distributed by council to help Warwickshire children keep up with lessons during pandemic - The Rugby Observer

Thousands of laptops distributed by council to help Warwickshire children keep up with lessons during pandemic

Rugby Editorial 3rd Nov, 2020   0

OVER a thousand laptops have been distributed around Warwickshire to help disadvantaged children keep up with their lessons during the pandemic.

Warwickshire County Council (WCC) has sent just under 1,200 portable computers to local schools.

A council spokesperson said: “Improving access to digital resources is a key step in tackling attainment gaps in education.

“Yet the ongoing transmission of Covid-19 may mean some children have periods when they need to self-isolate at home, many without access to the technology they need to continue learning.




“Although the Department for Education has announced that the number of laptops available to disadvantaged children has reduced due to a change in the allocation process, this doesn’t change the support that Warwickshire County Council continues to make available.”

WCC’s children’s services spokesman Coun Jeff Morgan added: “WCC has worked hard to ensure all disadvantaged pupils have access to the curriculum and high-quality learning materials via laptops and networks.


“This was particularly important when many schools were closed, and pupils had to rely on networked devices to keep up to speed with their studies.”

The supply of laptops is part of a wider package of support from the council, which also includes the Warwickshire Local Welfare Scheme which helps the most vulnerable residents at times of unavoidable crisis.

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