Council Gives Hundreds of Pupils Digital Tech
Coventry City Council distributes digital equipment to over 1,000 local students ahead of return to classrooms.
14:16 25 August 2020
Over 1,000 students in Coventry are set to receive laptops, 4G routers and tablets from the local government ahead of their return to classrooms. Recipients include disadvantaged Year 10 pupils, children and young people with a social worker and care leavers.
Coventry City Council's Cabinet Member for City Services, Coun Patricia Hetherson, said: "The importance of having access to quality technology will have been highlighted to many of us over the last few months - and it's especially significant for young learners in the city whose education has moved online.
"This equipment will make sure that some of the city's most vulnerable pupils can continue their education, no matter how it looks, and help to enable access for all pupils, preventing a lack of access to computers or a poor internet connection."
The scheme is part of the National Devices for Remote Learning Initiative by the Department for Education and Computacenter.
Coun Gavin Lloyd, Deputy Cabinet Member for City Services, added: "We want to make sure that every pupil in the city has the right tools to learn to the best of their ability, and this equipment will really help the young people that receive them to access everything they need, whether that's an online lesson, research for homework or writing up an assignment.
"Having a device and an internet connection has become essential, and I'm really pleased that we're able to support our young people who might otherwise struggle to get these."