The challenges of Covid-19 and closure of schools for so many children across our region, has highlighted a desperate lack of access to technology to enable effective home learning.
A staggering 2,400 students in Cheshire and Warrington don’t have access to a computer or WiFi connection and are therefore unable to access virtual learning. Schools are relying on distributing work on paper, but this inevitably has a negative effect on already disadvantage students. As a result of the current crisis, by the time these students return to school in September they may have lost the equivalent of an entire year’s academic progress.
In order to combat this, the Cheshire & Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has launched a Getting Students Online campaign asking business across Cheshire and Warrington to help get as many of these young people online as possible in order to access online schooling.
Through the generous support of the Westminster Foundation, Youth Fed has been able to channel £20,000 to schools across Chester and Ellesmere Port. The money has just reached Blacon High School and they will be using the money to purchase 115 laptops. These will be distributed to the following schools based on the number of students receiving free school meals.
- Blacon High School
- Ellesmere Port Church of England College
- Ellesmere Port Catholic High School
- Queen’s Park High School, Chester
- The Catholic High School Chester
You can find out more about the Getting Students Online campaign and how to make a donation here.