Free webinar: Support families on the wrong side of the digital divide

What can schools do to support families and pupils who find themselves on the wrong side of the digital divide? ​This is the subject for a free Headteacher Update webinar, which is due to take place at 4pm on Thursday, April 28.

In an era of blended and hybrid learning, the digital divide has become an ever-growing barrier to education for many pupils, especially those who are disadvantaged.

Ofcom says that almost 1.8 million children do not have access to a laptop or computer at home. This is 9% of all households with children and it does not take into account those without sole access to a device.

Furthermore, around 560,000 children had no internet access at all and 900,000 or so were only able to access the internet through a mobile network.

The government’s “free laptops and routers” roll-out during the pandemic has helped – but has not solved the problem.

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