Computing Support for Hardest Hit Young People

Posted by: Press team on 02 July 2020 13:23

Some of South Tyneside's most disadvantaged young people will receive computers in the coming weeks as part of a government scheme to help those without access to a digital device with home schooling.

Last week the Council received hundreds of laptops, tablets and mobile wifi dongle devices which will be distributed to vulnerable children and care leavers according to criteria laid down by the Department for Education.

The equipment will prove a lifeline for those families and young people who have no other access to a digital device. With some schools still needing to shield some children and others being unable to return all children in the coming weeks, the equipment will be vital for those families and young people to continue their studies at home.   

Lead Member for Children, Young People and Families, Councillor Moira Smith, said: "Our school staff have done an amazing job in continuing to teach some of our most vulnerable children as well as those of key workers. Our schools have done a fantastic job in loaning out digital equipment to those in need which has helped enormously with  digital online learning.

"However, we know that there are sadly too many families still struggling to home school without the right equipment as this pandemic continues to hit the disadvantaged in our communities hardest and those without digital devices are being left further behind.

"Giving every child in the Borough the best start in life remains a key priority for the council and this scheme provides welcome additional support in helping us achieve this."

Jill Gillies, headteacher at Jarrow School said: "We are delighted to have now received the laptops we ordered through the government scheme for our year 10 students.

"They will really assist with increasing the amount of online learning we can offer our students to help with tackling the impact of lost teaching time due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The laptops will also assist students with their learning as they move through year 11."

Academies have received their own orders and will be distributing to their students separately.

The Council has a long-term ambition to provide digital access to students who do not have access to one in their home.

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