Disadvantaged Coventry students given laptops to enable remote learning

1,188 laptops and tablets and 222 4G wireless routers are being distributed to disadvantaged students in Coventry.

Over 1,000 pupils in Coventry have been given digital devices, allowing them to partake in remote learning, in an effort to tackle access inequality for young students in the city.

Laptops, 4G routers and tablets are being distributed ahead of the new school term to a range of pupils in the city, including care leavers, children and young people with a social worker, and disadvantaged year 10 pupils.

Cllr Patricia Hetherton from Coventry City Council commented: “The importance of having access to quality technology will have been highlighted to many of us over the last few months – and it’s especially significant for young learners in the city whose education has moved online.

“This equipment will make sure that some of the city’s most vulnerable pupils can continue their education, no matter how it looks, and help to enable access for all pupils, preventing a lack of access to computers or a poor internet connection.

Coventry City Council received 1,188 laptops and tablets and 222 4G wireless routers from the Department for Education as part of their national ‘Digital Devices for remote learning’ initiative.

An additional 252 devices have also been allocated directly to secondary schools for disadvantaged year 10 learners.

Cllr Gavin Lloyd added: “We want to make sure that every pupil in the city has the right tools to learn to the best of their ability, and this equipment will really help the young people that receive them to access everything they need, whether that’s an online lesson, research for homework or writing up an assignment.

Having a device and an internet connection has become essential, and I’m really pleased that we’re able to support our young people who might otherwise struggle to get these.

“I’d also like to say a huge thank you to our IT team and their colleagues who have worked tirelessly to ensure that the equipment provided is the best available for our young people.

Free information and support to help those who receive the devices is also available, with a dedicated webpage created by Coventry City Council and step-by-step instructions on how to set the devices up.