Whole Education welcomes the DfE’s move to address digital poverty by providing free laptops and tablets for disadvantaged year 10s and other vulnerable pupils.
In our conversations with schools and trusts across the country this has consistently emerged as a key biggest concern and challenge in continuing to provide a high quality education to all while ensuring that disadvantaged children don’t fall behind (see our writeup of discussions with primaries, secondaries and trust).
Whole Education’s Seb Chapleau has led a campaign, working in partnership with a number of trusts and education organisations (Citizens UK, Big Education Trust, the Centre for Education and Youth, the Fair Education Alliance, and Challenge Partners, amongst others) to raise awareness of this challenge. WE are delighted that the DfE has responded by taking this crucial first step to address the issue.
We look forward to continuing the conversation so that a broader recognition of the issue of digital poverty can emerge. This crisis has given us a greater understanding of the complex patterns of vulnerability in schools. It is vital we continue to work together so the system can provide support to all children who need it, across all ages.
This step is a welcome start.