This picture shows 35,000 of the 50,000 laptops and tablets being delivered to schools tomorrow (Monday 4 January) to help pupils who need them the most learn from home.
The Department of Education are delivering 100,000 in total during the first week of term.
Over 560,000 devices were delivered to schools and councils in 2020 and with more than 440,000 devices on order, it means over one million will now be provided to help schools and colleges throughout the pandemic – making the programme one of the largest of its kind in the world.
The Government is investing over £300 million to support remote education and social care, including providing devices and internet access to pupils who need it most. This is alongside work to help young people catch up through the National Tutoring Programme.
The vast majority of devices will be delivered to schools and colleges by Easter.
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said:
The Department for Education has partnered with some of the UK’s leading mobile operators to provide free data to disadvantaged families, further supporting remote learning where it’s needed.
Where schools identify a child from a disadvantaged family without internet access at home, they can now request free, additional data through the DfE’s Get Help with Technology programme. Families will benefit from this additional data until July.
The level of additional data will vary by provider, but for example EE customers will receive an extra 20 gigabytes per month. Other providers include Three, Tesco Mobile, Smarty, Sky Mobile and Virgin Mobile.
Lutz Schüler, Chief Executive Officer at Virgin Media, said: