Home Education: Coronavirus

Department for Education written question – answered on 11th June 2020.

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Photo of David Evennett David Evennett Conservative, Bexleyheath and Crayford

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many laptops have been provided to disadvantaged children for homeworking during the covid-19 outbreak in (a) London, (b) Bexley Borough and (c) the Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency.

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

The Department is providing laptops and tablets to vulnerable and disadvantaged children who would otherwise not have access and are preparing for examinations in Year 10, receiving support from a social worker, including pre-school children, or are a care leaver. Where care leavers, children with a social worker at secondary school and disadvantaged children in Year 10 do not have internet connections, we are providing 4G wireless routers.

Local authorities and academy trusts are best placed to identify and distribute the laptops and tablets to children and young people who need devices. The Department invited local authorities to order devices for the most vulnerable children first - children with a social worker and care leavers.

Devices are being delivered to local authorities daily and will continue to be distributed throughout June as planned.

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