Photo: (L-R) Mark Bayley, Head of Service: Education Infrastructure and Outcomes at Cheshire East Council, Dan Thomas, CEO at The Learning for Life Partnership; Sally Whitehead, Headteacher at Daven Primary School, David Briggs, Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire, Jacky Forster, Director of Education and 14-19 Skills at Cheshire East Council, Ged Rowney, Interim Director of Children’s Services at Cheshire East Council and Mike Claddingbowl, CEO, The Learning Alliance
Submitted by Cheshire East Council
The first computers have been distributed to schools and young learners as part of an ongoing commitment by Cheshire East Council to support learning for vulnerable children across the borough.
The scheme has been kick-started after the launch of a national campaign ‘Laptops for Kids’, which has been promoted in different parts of the country.
It forms part of an initiative which has seen schools and children benefiting from donated laptops and computers from local businesses to enhance their learning.
All the items have been repurposed and distributed through to those who will most benefit from having the opportunity to use IT equipment.
The council is working very closely with its partners – including David Briggs, in his role as Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire – to harness the support of the Cheshire East business community to get behind this initiative for the benefit of learners in school.
The donated laptops will help pupils in the region who’ve struggled to obtain IT equipment for home studies
David said: “The last 15 months have really emphasised the added pressures on some of the most vulnerable young people, who have missed essential learning in school and may have struggled to access IT equipment to support their studies.
“Having local businesses supporting local schools through this scheme will help bridge this gap and offer critical IT support where it is most needed. I encourage any business to make contact if they have laptops or computers available for our use.”
Councillor Kathryn Flavell, chair of Cheshire East Council’s children and families committee, said: “Our focus is to help provide the best start in life for all children and for them to have an enjoyable education that supports them to achieve their full potential.
“Donating a laptop or a computer will make a huge difference to the lives and education of children and families in Cheshire East. Devices don’t need to be new – we’ll upcycle them. They just need to be in good working order and capable of running Windows 10.”
The first computers made available and distributed to schools in Congleton and Crewe have already been donated by Cheshire East Council.
Sally Whitehead, headteacher at Daven Primary School in Congleton, said: “We are extremely grateful to be one of the first schools to benefit from this important scheme and we will now ensure that these valuable resources reach children for whom it will make the most difference.
“We always set the highest aspirations for all of our pupils and this scheme will provide an added incentive for children to achieve their full potential.”
Businesses that have computers to donate should make contact, in the first instance, with Cheshire Young Carers via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0151 356 3176.