Digital Divide

Tuesday 2nd March, 2021

The majority of schools serving the poorest communities lack digital devices to ensure all their pupils can study during lockdown at home if self-isolating, 

“At our school, we soon learnt pupils were using smartphones to complete homework rather than accessing the school’s online work platform on a suitable device.

“When it comes to schoolwork, a smartphone just isn’t sufficient – but the hard truth is that some families simply can’t afford the most appropriate IT equipment.”

She added: “For schools to continue to support all of their pupils throughout this pandemic, we need more access to IT devices, but looking into our budget, there’s not enough money to meet the need.”

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