‘Digital poverty’ in schools where few have laptops

“In our schools, 60% to 70% of children wouldn’t have laptops,” says Wayne Norrie, head of an academy trust with schools in disadvantaged areas. With schools closed and pupils studying online at home, he says, it is important to recognise the social gap in access to technology. “Coronavirus has revealed the scale of the digital divide,” he says. The Department […]

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Heads say 1 June earliest realistic school opening

The earliest “realistic” point at which schools in England could start re-opening would be 1 June, head teachers’ leader Geoff Barton has said. “We cannot see any realistic way that schools could be re-opened to more pupils before the second half of the summer term,” he said. And “planning would need to begin very soon” in order to meet a […]

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BBC’s homeschool stars: Spanish with Agüero, music with Mabel, and… history with Danny Dyer

After the relative peace of the two-week Easter break, millions of parents this week will return – some heavy-hearted, others eager – to their kitchen tables and home computers to resume their children’s DIY lockdown education. With schools remaining closed for the foreseeable future, home school is back and fresh help is at hand. On Monday the BBC will launch […]

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