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Nottingham Girls' Academy

Free Laptops and 4G

Updated 18 June 2020

On 19 April, the government announced that they would provide free laptops and 4G for some pupils.

Who is eligible?

Further details have clarified that the pupils eligible for the government scheme will be:

  • pupils with a social worker
  • disadvantaged pupils in Year 10 (this is usually those in receipt of FSM) who do not have a suitable device or Internet access.
What is happening?

Nottingham City council have been allocated laptops to distribute to pupils with social workers. We are in the process of confirming numbers to the council (although they do not believe the allocation to be sufficient to cover all of the eligible pupils).

Greenwood Academies Trust have been allocated laptops to distribute to disadvantaged Year 10 pupils who currently have no access to a device. We are in the process of confirming numbers to the Trust (although they do not believe the allocation to be sufficient to cover all of the eligible pupils).

Update 18 June 2020: We have taken delivery of these laptops this week. We are in the process of contacting eligible families with all of the relevant details and to arrange time slots for them to start collecting devices from Monday 22 June.

What is Nottingham Girls' Academy doing?

Technical and logistical issues mean that loaning laptops from the academy is not a viable solution.

However, we are working with local partners to find ways of providing further laptops to make up for any shortfall in the government allocation as well as to disadvantaged pupils in Key Stage 3 who have no access to a device.

We hope to have exciting news to share about his work soon.

Update 18 June 2020: I am delighted to announce that Capital One have very generously gifted us some Chromebooks to give to disadvantaged families in Year 7, 8 and 9 that do not have suitable devices or Internet at home.

We are in the process of contacting eligible families with all of the relevant details and to arrange time slots for them to start collecting devices from Monday 22 June.

Does my daughter need a laptop for home learning?

No!

We have specifically tried to set work that pupils can access and complete work on a tablet or smartphone too.

Please visit the Home Learning Hub for more details.