MP welcomes 1,300 laptops delivered to young people in Shropshire

A Shropshire MP has welcomed the announcement that pupils across the county have benefited from 1,277 laptops and tablets to date, as the Government hits an important milestone in its rollout of devices to support disadvantaged young people.

Philip Dunne MP
Philip Dunne MP

Ludlow MP Philip Dunne commended the scheme, which has delivered more than one million laptops and tablets to schools and local authorities across England as part of a £400 million investment that will support young people for years to come.

It comes after the Department for Education last month announced a further 300,000 laptops and tablets to help even more disadvantaged children and young people learn at home.

Schools are already receiving top-ups to their original allocations – with those with the highest proportion of disadvantaged pupils being prioritised first.

The government has also provided more than 54,000 4G routers to schools and colleges across England, to help those children where internet connection is not at the required standard.

Essential technology

Mr Dunne said: “I commend the work of schools and teachers locally in providing quality education in very challenging circumstances throughout the pandemic. The government has rightly stepped in to provide those children most in need with access to the technology essential for remote learning.

"I very much welcome that young people across Shropshire are continuing to benefit from the raft of measures the government has put in place to help schools deliver high-quality learning, and the 1,277 devices we now have received will ensure every child can be part of remote learning, to get the education they need, despite not able to be in school at present.

"I would also like to thank all those individuals and businesses in our community who have stepped forward to provide technology and advice to help remote learning at home.

"I am hopeful that the significant progress in slowing the virus will allow schools to reopen safely next month.”

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