Phase 2 of the DfE scheme to provide laptops and tablets to disadvantaged children who are affected by disruption to face-to-face education was launched on 7 August 2020. The devices are for children and young people who are otherwise unable to access remote education.
Eligible children are:
- pupils in Years 3 – 11
- clinically extremely vulnerable children across all year groups who are shielding or self-isolating on official advice
- children in all year groups who are unable to access remote education whilst attending a hospital school
Young people in Years 12 and 13 are not included in the scheme. These students may be eligible for support via the 16-19 bursary fund
Institutions included are
How to request devices
- maintained schools and academy trusts
- hospital schools
- FE providers who have enrolled 14 to 16 year-olds
LAs and academy trusts will be asked to nominate a contact who will be responsible for placing orders. These details should be requested before the start of the autumn term. Orders can be placed in the event of a local Covid-19 outbreak.
Once delivered, devices become fully owned by the institution who take responsibility for loaning devices to those that need them.
More information on this provision is available here