During the first national lockdown in March 2020 it became apparent that many pupils were struggling to access school work online because they didn’t have the necessary equipment.
Connor Evans, 13, from Houghton-le-Spring, was one of the first young people to receive a tablet from Children North East.
His mum, Adele Hopper, said her son was ‘over the moon’ to receive the tablet as previously he had been struggling to access his work on the screen of Adele’s small mobile phone.
“Obviously, you can’t see a whole sentence on the phone and he would fling it to one side and we’d have tantrums,” Adele said. “Since getting the iPad, he’s over the moon and we’ve heard from school how pleased they are with his progress.”
Luke Bramhall, Poverty Proofing and Participation Service Manager for Children North East, said schools were being encouraged by the government to provide IT equipment but only to certain students. “If we’re to support those children who are living with the most disadvantage, in order not to let their education fall behind, we must ensure access is provided quickly to resources and equipment whilst schools are closed.”
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