LETTER: Getting help with internet access

A reader discusses technology.


Get help with Technology.

A temporary scheme to increase data allowances for mobile phone users on certain networks, is now available through a Government and business initiative. Children and young people can access remote education if their face to face classes are disrupted through lock down or Covid 19 isolation. Schools, trusts and local authorities can also request data increase when school closures or pupil Covid 19 isolation impact on pupils access to schooling.

Children with access to mobile phones can access several networks for an increase in data usage. Modern mobile phones are as helpful as some laptops. This is an important scheme as many pupils and young people have been left bereft of laptop or home access to broadband and digital technology.

The Chief Ofsted Commissioner rightly championed access to schools during the current lock down for pupils without a lap top or broadband access. This is both fair and reasonable. Learning and access to school must be available to all.

Increasing data allowance through pupils mobile phones is an appropriate use of new technology in pupil learning and must be widely promoted and supported to help close the gap between the haves and have not across Walsall.

Doug James, Walsall

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