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800 more laptops heading to families in need for young pupils

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Image captionPhoto 1: We’re working with London charity Ready Tech Go to connect your unwanted devices to pupils that need kit to help access school lessons

We want to ensure that all local children and young people can access their schoolwork online and participate in remote learning during the national Covid lockdown.

Eight hundred more laptops are headed to support local pupils who need to access online schoolwork in the latest lockdown.

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Image caption: Photo 2: Ready Tech Go also enable anyone who cannot access basic online services to get connected

That’s in addition to the 900 laptops that Hammersmith & Fulham Council distributed last year to help connect families in need with their schools. This brings the total number of laptops and devices to more than 1,700 across H&F.

“We are determined to leave no children or young people behind,” said Cllr Larry Culhane. “All pupils have a right to access their school work online and we’re doing everything we can to connect families and schools.

“I’d like to thank all teachers and school staff for their heroic efforts in the most difficult of circumstances. They are doing everything they can to make sure learning continues.”

Any families who need a laptop for their children should contract their school directly.

One local school that received new devices for pupils this week is John Betts primary in Hammersmith. Headteacher Jessica Mair said: “We requested 12 Chromebooks on Tuesday – and we received them on Wednesday. We’re doing more teaching online so we needed to respond by making sure our pupils have devices.”

Need more data?

Mobile network operators are working to help schools support pupils in need in Years 3 to 11 who rely on a mobile internet connection during lockdown.

Families in need may be able to benefit from free increases to their mobile data if they’re a customer of:

  • EE
  • Three
  • Sky Mobile
  • SMARTY
  • Tesco Mobile
  • Virgin Mobile

(The amount of data available to families will vary by provider.)

Data will be increased until the end of July 2021. Schools can request these free mobile data increases for families during the spring and summer 2021 terms.

Have a device to donate?

We’re working with London charity Ready Tech Go to connect your unwanted devices to pupils that need kit to help access school lessons.

If you have an unwanted laptop, tablet or dongle – or just want to make a donation to the charity – please visit the Ready Tech Go website.

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