Ashfield MP Lee Anderson praises government support for disadvantaged pupils

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Ashfield MP Lee Anderson has welcomed the announcement that disadvantaged pupils across Nottinghamshire have so far received 1,046 laptops and tablets as part of the 700,000 devices that will have been delivered across England.

The new devices are part of the Government’s commitment to deliver 1.3 million laptops and tablets to help disadvantaged pupils during the national lockdown.

More than 700,000 devices have been delivered so far, including 100,000 in the last week alone and by the end of the week more than 700,000 laptops and tablets will have been delivered to schools and local authorities.

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The government has now invested more than £400 million into supporting disadvantaged children and young people who need the most help with access to technology through the pandemic.

Ashfield MP Lee Anderson. Photo: London Portrait Photographer-DAVAshfield MP Lee Anderson. Photo: London Portrait Photographer-DAV
Ashfield MP Lee Anderson. Photo: London Portrait Photographer-DAV

These extra devices are part of the Government’s mission to give every child a high-quality remote education while schools are closed.

Other measures it has taken include providing more than 54,000 4G routers to schools and colleges across England, ensuring that no child’s education is prohibited by a lack of internet access, and working in partnership with the UK’s leading mobile phone operators, including EE, Three, O2 and Vodafone, to deliver free internet access for those students until July 2021.

To further boost the quality of remote education for all students, the Government has strengthened the minimum standards for remote learning provision, so every child receives the education they deserve.

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Mr Anderson said: “While schools remain shut for the vast majority of students, it is vital that we do all we can to give every child access to a high-quality remote education until they are allowed to re-open.

“I liaise frequently with all schools in the constituency so that no child gets left behind and no child’s education should be hindered because of their background, location or their circumstances.

“The moment that the virus permits, all our children will be back in school with their teachers and their friends.

"But until then, these measures will ensure that every child can get the world class education that they deserve.”