A Surrey independent schools group is donating hundreds of laptops to help local state-educated children whose education is being hit by the latest lockdown.
ACS International Schools – which has campuses in Cobham, Egham and Hillingdon – is donating 300 new laptops to 20 partner state primary schools in the area to support local children without access to technology at home.
Each school will receive 15 Chromebooks this week (commencing 18 January), to be issued to those pupils who need them most. ACS is also offering support to ensure that the children are able to use them effectively.
“Speaking with many of our partner schools over the past couple of weeks, it is abundantly clear that there is the need for support with additional resources,” said ACS’s partnerships director, Graeme Lawrie.
“Teachers are juggling the delivery of remote learning, while also supporting children who, without access to technology at home, are allowed to come into school.
“During these challenging times it is essential that we do what we can to ensure the continued learning of children in our community. We hope that the laptops will help students with their learning and development, while also easing the load for some of our partner teachers, too.”
These additional Chromebooks will make a real difference to the teaching and learning experience of children at home – Katie Hancock, The Royal Kent School
Katie Hancock, head of one of the beneficiaries, The Royal Kent School, Oxshott, said: “The Chromebooks are essential devices for those without sufficient technology at home.
“We have already reached the limit of our existing devices from the school, so these additional Chromebooks will make a real difference to the teaching and learning experience of children at home.”
Once lockdown is over and the children are back in the classroom, the plan is for the laptops to be used by the schools for STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) learning, supported by a programme and student workshops organised by ACS’s partnerships team.
“Community collaboration, digital innovation and teaching excellence are the key focuses of ACS’s partnerships activities, and we have exciting plans this year to deliver a series of technology-focused teacher training and student workshops with our partner schools, supported by the provision of laptops and other classroom technology,” added Lawrie.
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