Published:  12:48 PM, 25 May 2021 Last Update: 01:08 PM, 25 May 2021

Delivery of laptops in Tower Hamlets marks an online learning milestone

Delivery of laptops in Tower Hamlets marks an online learning milestone Mariam, Sihaam and Isa hold their new laptops

A delivery of laptops gifted to students in Tower Hamlets markedthe landmark moment of 110,000 #BridgeTheDivide devices distributed by LGfL -the National Grid for Learning, making them the second largest distributor ofdevices to schools in the UK behind the Department for Education.

Closer tohome, the moment marked the transformation of potential for students from BlueGate Fields Infants’ School whose lives have been changed forever by betteraccess to their online learning.

Mayorof Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, said: “We’re working to getevery child online in the borough as I know what a difference having access toa laptop or tablet has for our young people. We’ve been busy distributingdevices and lobbying the government, and we are also fundraising and workingwith partners to get the ‘kit and connectivity’ pupils need to learn. It’svital that we get every child online and end the digital disadvantage ineducation.”

  • Delivery of laptops to Blue Gate Fields Infants’ School marks110,000 digital devices distributed to students nationwide since COVID-19started
  • The London Borough of Tower Hamlets, in partnership with LGfL,are both seeking to accelerate access to online learning and tackle digitaldisadvantage

Access toonline learning was an essential requirement during lockdown for many who couldnot continue to learn in a classroom. Following the return of face-to-facelearning for every child and young person in March, it remains vital thatlearners can get online, to ensure opportunity and access are spread equallyand every child is able to realise their potential.