Schools report massive reduction in laptops

Schools report massive reduction in laptops

Schools report massive reduction in laptops for disadvantaged pupils

Head teachers have spoken out, claiming that the number of laptops for disadvantaged pupils promised by the Government, has been reduced by as much as 80 per cent.

Access to the Government-provided laptops in England has been severely curtailed in some areas.

Speaking to the BBC, Chris Dyson, head teacher at Parklands School in Leeds, said his school, which previously received funding for 61 laptops had been allocated just 13 devices despite needing 168.

Following a notification from the DfE, informing schools that an additional 100,000 laptops were available for allocation, Mr Dyson explained: “I logged on expecting to hopefully see my 61 had gone up, and it destroyed me, it flattened me, when I saw it’s actually been cut to 13.

“Thirteen laptops in a worst-case scenario to share amongst 380 children. I thought it was absolutely scandalous.”

Michael Tidd, head teacher at East Preston Junior School in Sussex, told BBC Radio Four’s Today programme that his allocation of laptops has been slashed from 17 to just three.

Explaining how the school had been putting plans in place to meet the new remote learning legal duty, he said: “And then the day after all those plans had to be finalised, then we get told that the number of laptops we were expecting… it’s been reduced massively.”

Nick Brook, NAHT deputy general secretary, said: “The Government has been quick to mandate what it expects schools to be able to do when it comes to remote learning, but is clearly unable to deliver the necessary tools that schools and their pupils need.”

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Schools report massive reduction in laptops
Schools report massive reduction in laptops

Schools report massive reduction in laptops