Pupils: Coronavirus

Department for Education written question – answered on 6th May 2020.

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Photo of Lord Addington Lord Addington Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many pupils were offered a loan computer during the COVID-19 pandemic; and of those, how many took up that loan.

Photo of Baroness Berridge Baroness Berridge Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade) (Minister for Women), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

Schools across the country are already lending school-owned devices to children who need them.

On 19 April, the Government announced further support for vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people who do not have access to a digital device. Laptops and tablets will be ordered for the most disadvantaged children who would otherwise not have access and are preparing for exams (in year 10), receive support from a social worker, or are a care leaver.

Local authorities, trusts and other relevant organisations overseeing schools and social care have been sent information on how they can request a device.

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