• Schools turn to philanthropists for laptops as wait for DfE devices continues

    Schools and education charities are asking philanthropists and local businesses to provide devices for disadvantaged youngsters as the wait for Department for Education hardware continues. The government has pledged “over 200,000” devices for disadvantaged year 10 pupils, care leavers and children who have a social worker. But Schools Week revealed earlier this month that many

    5.00 May. 24th, 2020 | News

  • Coronavirus: £85m free laptops scheme falls short

    School leaders have lambasted the government’s free laptops scheme after some were allocated a fraction of the number they were expecting. Some academy trusts have been given an initial allocation of less than a fifth of what they need – and leaders say conflicting messages from the government have left them fending off demands from

    5.00 May. 1st, 2020 | News

  • Coronavirus: Williamson seeks to reassure heads over free laptops scheme

    The government hopes its first batch of free laptops and tablets will reach pupils “within weeks”, despite an initial delay to the application process. We hope to get the first of those devices to children who need them within weeks Gavin Williamson told Schools Week the Department for Education was in the process of ordering

    5.00 Apr. 24th, 2020 | News

  • Coronavirus: DfE's free laptops portal launch delayed

    An application process for academy trusts and councils to secure free laptops for vulnerable and disadvantaged children has been delayed. On Sunday, education secretary Gavin Williamson announced plans to provide free devices to aid home learning to disadvantaged year 10 pupils, along with care leavers and children with social workers. The scheme aims to prevent

    18.50 Apr. 22nd, 2020 | News

  • Coronavirus: DfE to provide free laptops for disadvantaged year 10s

    The government will provide free laptops and tablets for disadvantaged year 10s and other vulnerable pupils to help them learn at home during the coronavirus lockdown. From Wednesday, schools will be able to submit business cases via a Department for Education online portal for devices for individual eligible pupils. The aim is to prevent those

    0.01 Apr. 19th, 2020 | News