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Today’s email is reacting to news released this weekend from the DfE that will be of use for all of our customers.

‘New major package to support online learning’ from DfE

Schools and colleges will soon be able to get access to more remote education resources during the school closure period. Local authorities will also soon be able to get access to resources to support care leavers and children with social workers.

The Department for Education is working in partnership with technology suppliers such as Google and Microsoft to provide:

  • internet access and digital devices (such as laptops) for some disadvantaged secondary school pupils who do not already have them
  • internet access and digital devices for care leavers and children with social workers who do not already have them
  • support for schools to access online platforms where teachers can set and collect work from pupils
  • training on using remote education resources from the technology suppliers
  • support from other schools and colleges who are already using these resources

Schools, trusts and local authorities will be able to place online orders for devices for eligible pupils from Wednesday 22 April. Parents and pupils will not be able to order the devices themselves.

We welcome this news and will monitor and keep you informed, it is important to keep the following in mind, however:

  • Schools can currently reuse their devices for students – PCs, laptops or tablets can be setup to be given out. We will need to configure these for you, but if you would like us to help – please let us know via the help desk
  • The new devices seem limited in reach, but do include 4G connectivity, it is believed these devices will need to be setup for students with software, and schools need to be aware of the need to safeguard students – we have solutions to manage and safeguard already available – so please let us know if you are applying for devices so we can support.
  • Lourdes IT are working with many schools to roll out device schemes for students (Devices purchased by school and leased to parents (fully managed) with insurance etc) – ready for September, please let us know if you wish to be part of this bulk work. More details will be launched later this week.

Oak National Academy

Oak Academy joins a broad range of support and resources available for schools and parents. This includes a list ofhigh quality resourcesrecently published by the Government, as well as the existing tools and resources schools use to provide remote education. Many suppliers are making resources, both online and hard-copy, available to schools for free.

BBC Bitesize launches

From 20 April, you’ll be able to access regular daily lessons in English and Maths, as well as other core subjects, in an expanded version of our website and also on special programmes broadcast on BBC iPlayer and BBC Red Button.

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