Andrew Rosindell M.P. has welcomed the announcement that disadvantaged pupils across Havering have received 936 laptops and tablets so far, as part of the 700,000 devices that will have been delivered across England.
Over 100,000 were delivered last week alone, and by the end of the week more than 700,000 laptops and tablets will have been delivered to schools and local authorities.
The Conservative Government has also announced that a further 300,000 devices will be made available to pupils across the country, taking the total number of laptops and tablets for disadvantaged young people up to 1.3 million.
Other measures the Government has taken include providing more than 54,000 4G routers to schools and colleges across England, ensuring that no child’s education is prohibited by a lack of internet access, and working in partnership with the UK’s leading mobile phone operators, including EE, Three, O2 and Vodafone, to deliver free internet access for those students until July 2021; with a number of these providers committing to work with the Government-funded Oak National Academy to provide free access to its online lessons.
To further boost the quality of remote education for all students, the Government has strengthened the minimum standards for remote learning provision, so every child, no matter where they learn, receives the great education they deserve.
Andrew Rosindell M.P. said:
“While I understand the reasons behind the Government closing schools, I am under no illusions about the damage this is going to do to the education of children in Romford, Havering and the entire United Kingdom. We need to get schools back open as quickly, and as safely as possible.
I am glad, however, that the Government is taking measures to ensure children are able to continue to receive a high level of education and, along with the other measures announced, the new laptops will make a genuine difference to many children in my constituency."