Birmingham council gets government grant to provide pupils with home PCs


Birmingham council gets government grant to provide pupils with home PCs

Antony Savvas

Birmingham council has won a £5.7m grant to provide disadvantaged secondary school pupils with computers and web access at home.

The central government "Computers for Pupils" grant aims to improve the life chances of the most disadvantaged pupils and their families through ICT access at home.

It will be used across all Birmingham secondary schools as part of a wider programme called "Universal Home Access".

This programme aims to provide cheaper computers and internet connections into homes for learning purposes.

This should extend opportunities for learners as part of the overall "Transforming Education" agenda within the city.

Parents will also be able to find out what is going on in school and how their child is doing through this programme.

The programme is already under way, with three early adopter schools and small numbers at others testing out technical and learning solutions to ensure that the process can be more widely rolled out during the next twelve months and later.

Whilst this programme is aimed at the secondary sector, plans to extend it to primary schools are also being considered.

Councillor Les Lawrence, cabinet member for children, young people and families, said, "We anticipate that this £5.7m grant will have a positive impact on up to 10,000 families in Birmingham, by providing young people with access to ICT equipment at home."

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