In Peterborough, a significant number of children do not have a computer, meaning they cannot access lessons and online resources, support from their teachers, or interact with their classmates.
Students who do not have a laptop at home are at risk of falling behind in both their education and personal development, so PCC have noted that the need for access to a laptop is vital.
Councillor Lynne Ayres, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Education, Skills, and the University, announced the funding investment at the Full Council meeting on January 27: "Cabinet has discussed the pressing need for laptops for disadvantaged children in our local schools - particularly primary schools - where we know we need two thousand more to ensure children can access remote learning. We consider this to be a council priority as our children’s education is a priority for us all.
"We are currently working with officers to establish funding for the purchase of these laptops, and we hope to be able to announce the way forward very shortly. Our Education team are already working very hard with local businesses to support this initiative, and I am very grateful to them.
"We are also working to see how we can bring used laptops into this scheme and will soon be asking the public to assist by donating them to schools using a system we are setting up with a partner organisation. Our Education team are preparing a separate briefing about this initiative.
"Councillor David Seaton, the Cabinet Member for Finance, is working with our Chief Finance Officer to enable this scheme to proceed as soon as possible."