With schools closed to all but key worker pupils during the coronavirus crisis, we’re delighted to have provided free computers to The Cowplain School to help ensure children don’t fall behind with their school work.
As many schools are now setting lessons online, The Cowplain School headteacher, Ian Gates, had become concerned that children who didn’t have a computer at home would miss out on learning.
Mr Gates said: ‘Although we are sending hard copies of work home, our teachers are setting daily online work which matches pupils’ timetables. However, we know that some children don’t have access to a home computer or there may only be one in the household which needs to be shared with parents working from home or siblings.’
IT manager Ian Newman added: ‘We can send work out in the post but it’s much better for children to be able to access the online work which teachers are setting. We’ve given out 25 of our own spare laptops but this is not enough to cater for demand.’
After hearing about the school’s plight, we were delighted to step in to provide pupils with a donation of 20 additional computers. In order to prevent any coronavirus risk, all computers have been cleaned with antibacterial solution and supplied with a new mouse and keyboard.
Managing director Charlie Baynes said: ‘A key focus of our company is education and during what is a national crisis we were only to happy to do our bit for the community. If I was working for the NHS as a nurse or doctor then I would be on the front line and so giving out some computers is the least we could do.
‘Hopefully it will have the desired effect of enabling children, as best they can, to keep up with their work.’
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