Another scheme was launched by the DfE in August, offering 150,000 more free devices to pupils who cannot attend school due to coronavirus. On 22 October 2020 the UK Government made it a legal obligation for head teachers to provide online learning for all children isolating due to Covid. Just one day later, the DfE emailed Headteachers to announce they had cut their allocation of equipment by up to 80%.
In Camden, when schools closed during Coronavirus Lockdown 1, more than 3,000 pupils were without access to a computer at home. Camden Council decided to do something about it and set up a crowdfunding campaign to help end the digital divide, by raising funds to buy devices for disadvantaged children in their Borough. They raised £60,000 in 11 weeks. Read our interview with them about how they did it.