Newark and Sherwood District Council and Rushcliffe Borough Council donate unused digital equipment to schools to enable homeschooling
Unused digital equipment owned by two councils are to be donated to schools.
Newark and Sherwood District Council is providing the schools with two or three laptops each to enable pupils to continue to learn from home.
Rushcliffe Borough Council has donated 20 devices to schools, including Robert Miles Infants’ in Bingham, Cotgrave Church of England Primary, Candleby Lane Primary, Cotgrave, and Cropwell Bishop Primary schools.
“This is a great initiative from our IT colleagues and we are pleased we can play a part in helping pupils learn from home", said David Lloyd, Newark and Sherwood District Council leader.
“It’s a difficult time, not only for the school children but for their parents who are now juggling childcare and teaching from home. Hopefully, by donating these laptops, parents who may not have the funds to buy one, will have one less headache to worry about.
“I admire all parents who are somehow managing to add becoming a teacher into their parenting repertoire. Whatever home learning you can do with your children to support their formal schooling is vital and commendable.
“I do hope these laptops help make home learning just that little bit easier for the remarkable parents of our district.”
Sarah Clarke, head at The King’s Church of England Primary Academy, Newark, said: “Learning from home isn’t easy for everyone and we have families who are sharing one mobile phone between three children, all trying to access their online videos and teacher catch-ups so they can continue to make good progress.
“These parents are working incredibly hard to support their children and are so keen to give their child the same opportunities that others have.
“We strongly believe all children deserve the same opportunities. Our school vision states that we treat all children with respect and equity — putting that simply, they all deserve to be given what it is that they need so that they have fair access to a great education.
“The donation helps us to make this a reality. It also shows our children that their community believes in them and wants to help them to be a success.”
Rushcliffe Borough Council’s donations included Samsung Galaxy and Microsoft Surface tablets.
The council’s cabinet portfolio holder for finance, Gordon Moore, said: “We are answering the call of the government to help further support our schools, teachers and young people with technology that can keep learning on track, while keeping educators and young people safe.
“Our brilliant IT team has been able to source and prepare over 20 tablets and laptops for local schools during this challenging time and I’m delighted that these devices will help students get online and access classes remotely during lockdown."
Craig Moxham, headteacher at Cotgrave Church of England Primary School, said: “40% of our children are currently working in school with 60% working at home.
“The generous donation of tablet computers from Rushcliffe Borough Council has gone a long way to supporting these children ensuring any gaps for devices can be filled and the barriers to online learning that might have existed have now been significantly overcome.”
Jenny Cook, headteacher at Cropwell Bishop Primary School, said: “We know it’s such challenging times for so many parents and pupils currently and this will help ensure their learning going forward as we all continue to adapt to covid restrictions.”
Linda Barbuti, head of Robert Miles Infants’ School, said: “The tablets are going to be wonderful for some of our pupils who have not the opportunity to access digital remote learning so far, during this lockdown.
“The donations will allow for them to be taught at home and not just complete worksheets and is a huge positive that they can now be educated at home with that extra connection to the school.”
Caroline Armstrong, headteacher at Candleby Lane Primary School, said: "Remote learning has presented unique challenges for all of us and difficulty accessing education for their children has been top of the list for many of our parents. This kind gesture will ensure that six more families are able to access the wonderful learning opportunities created by their hard-working teachers.”
Businesses and organisations can donate digital devices to help local schools by emailing the borough council at email@example.com