Let's End the Digital Divide

2020 was a year unlike any other. As well as our complete lack of preparedness for a pandemic, it also exposed another crisis: the huge difference in educational experience across the country.

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Those who had access to a computer had a significant advantage over those who didn’t.

This exacerbated pre-existing inequalities and has widened the attainment gap for disadvantaged young people. As shown by test results released by RS Assessment.

The DfE promised 230,000 devices in April 2020, but that was nowhere near the 540,000 needed. They only delivered 200,000.

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.

Thanks to our incredibly generous supporters, we have now reached £58,000!  From the pupils of Camden schools, THANK YOU ALL!

We’re calling on other Councils, schools and PTAs to take matters into their own hands and do the same. 

Together we can end the digital divide and ensure all students have access to equal learning opportunities, whether they’re at school or at home.


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