More than a dozen more laptops and tablets given for disadvantaged children in the East Riding

More than a dozen more laptops and tablets have been made available for disadvantaged children through the East Riding of Yorkshire’s education authority in recent weeks, figures show.

Friday, 16th April 2021, 9:59 am
Department for Education data shows 3,855 laptops and tablets had been sent by the Government to the East Riding of Yorkshire Council or its maintained schools by April 8.

But the Association of School and College Leaders said progress has been “painfully slow”, and pupils who needed laptops during the lockdown have now been back in the classroom for over a month. Department for Education data shows 3,855 laptops and tablets had been sent by the Government to the council or its maintained schools by April 8.

That was 17 more than were reported by March 14.

Across England, 99.7% of the 1.3 million laptops and tablets promised by the Government as part of the Get Help with Technology scheme have been distributed to disadvantaged young people during the pandemic.

The figures do not include devices allocated to academy trusts, as they are not maintained by local authorities.

As well as laptops and tablets, 255 4G wireless routers have been given to the East Riding of Yorkshire Council to help families with limited internet access.