Deloitte North West Digital Support for Schools
Deloitte North West to donate 300 laptops to Liverpool and Manchester schools.
13:38 01 March 2021
Deloitte North West is set to donate 300 laptops to Holly Lodge Girls’ College in Liverpool and Whalley Range High School and St Peter’s RC School in Manchester.
The firm, which is a leading global provider of audit and assurance and consulting, has previously donated £8,000 to the same schools as part of its 5 Million Futures programme. The funds were used to expand digital learning, mental health care and food provision.
Chris Rix, Tax Partner at Deloitte, said: “Purpose is what guides our decision-making at Deloitte and during the pandemic our values have never been more important as we remain focused on helping to overcome barriers to education and employment in the North West and beyond. Our research shows that among those who have an annual household income of less than £13,500, 18 per cent do not own or have access to a desktop or laptop computer.
“Lockdown has shifted the status of many devices from a nice-to-have to a must-have as education becomes virtual and the urgency of getting computers into homes of children who are currently unable to access online lessons ramps up.”
Bridget Hitchings, Assistant Headteacher at Holly Lodge Girls’ College, said: “Without a doubt the biggest barrier to our students learning at the moment is a lack of access to digital education tools. These laptops will make a massive difference to our pupils, we are so grateful to deloitte for this generosity and thank them for the offer.”