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Coronavirus: Laptops given to disadvantaged students

Coronavirus: Laptops given to disadvantaged students

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Jacob Webster at 11:19am 5th May 2020.

Hundreds of disadvantaged students in North Yorkshire are to be given free laptops and tablets to help them study at home during lockdown.

  • The region is set to receive 830 devices for young people in social care
  • A further 119 are going to Year 10 students studying for GCSEs
  • The county council's working to identify which children need them 
  • They'll be handed out in June 

With schools expected to remain closed until June at the earliest, the government has ordered almost 1,000 pieces of equipment for the county’s children who are most in need.

The region is set to receive 830 devices for young people in social care, with a further 119 going to disadvantaged students in Year 10 who are studying for GCSE and other exams next year.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said it will “take the pressure” off parents with children at home.

The promise of technology comes in response to worries that pupils from poorer families are losing out during the weeks out of school.

Student studying at laptop
Laptops will be handed out to pupils in June

 

Before the announcement was made, it was estimated there are around one million children nationally who do not have access to learning devices or internet connections at home.

North Yorkshire County Council is now working to identify which children need the digital devices before they are distributed in June.

There is also an offer of some 4G routers to help families connect to the internet – and once classrooms reopen, schools and colleges will be able to keep the equipment.

Students have now been away from their desks for almost seven weeks with teachers in Harrogate continuing to conduct lessons online.

Two council-run hubs in Harrogate and Ripon are also caring for children of key workers.