Uxbridge and South Ruislip MP, Boris Johnson has welcomed the announcement that pupils across Hillingdon have benefited from 2,556 laptops and tablets to date, as the Conservative Government hits an important milestone in its rollout of devices to support disadvantaged young people while they learn at home.
More than 1 million laptops and tablets have now been delivered to schools and local authorities across England, as part of a £400 million investment that will support schools and young people for years to come. The news comes after the Department for Education last month announced a further 300,000 laptops and tablets to help even more disadvantaged children and young people learn at home. Schools are already receiving top ups to their original allocations – with those with the highest proportion of disadvantaged pupils being prioritised first.
The 1.3 million devices the government is providing sits alongside a package of extensive support for the most disadvantaged children. This includes partnering with the UK’s leading mobile network operators to provide free data to disadvantaged families, alongside a further £300 million being invested in tutoring programmes building on the existing £1 billion Covid Catch Up Fund.
To further strengthen remote education provision, the government has also provided more than 54,000 4G routers to schools and colleges across England, ensuring no child is prohibited from receiving a quality education due to a lack of internet access.
To further bolster 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, Boris said: “Throughout this pandemic we have made it our priority to ensure that every child has access to the world-class education that they deserve. It is welcome that young people across Hillingdon are continuing to benefit from the raft of measures the Government has put in place to help schools deliver high-quality learning.”