Deprived families describe “impossible choices” over remote education

Increasing school and education-related costs have contributed to the financial pressures facing the poorest families this year, with parents reporting stress, guilt and feeling like they are in a "permanent battle".

New research findings about the impact on families during the most recent lockdown have sparked new pleas for a “concerted joint effort” from government, local authorities and schools to equip students for remote learning.

A survey of 1,570 parents and carers and 785 children and young people undertaken by Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and Children North East reveals that 35 per cent did not have the home learning equipment they needed during the last lockdown.

Most commonly, they lacked devices such as a laptop or a tablet or did not have enough to meet their family’s needs. A quarter of pupils on free school meals said they had to share a device with other family members.

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