Home Education: Coronavirus

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

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Photo of Jamie Stone Jamie Stone Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Armed Forces), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Defence)

What assessment he has made of the adequacy of children’s access to (a) laptops, (b) a reliable internet connection and (c) other remote learning equipment during the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Bambos Charalambous Bambos Charalambous Shadow Minister (Home Office)

What recent progress his Department has made on identifying and delivering essential IT equipment to children who need additional support with online learning at home.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

We want to do everything we can to support schools and families to continue children’s education while they are at home. We have committed over £100 million to boost remote education, including providing laptops, tablets and internet access for those who need it most.

On Friday 24 April, the Department wrote to local authorities, trusts and other relevant organisations overseeing schools and children’s social care outlining the process for requesting devices.

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