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TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT FROM DFE (LAPTOPS & TABLETS) NEW 19.4.2020

On Sunday 19 April, the Government announced support for vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people who do not have access to a digital device during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. 

Laptops and tablets will be supplied to support remote education and help children and young people stay in touch with social care services.

We have today written to Responsible Bodies (for example, local authorities and academy trusts) explaining who is eligible and how they can request a device and get it to those who need it.

Schools will not order devices directly and you should contact your Responsible Body for further information.

If you have moved Responsible Body since October 2019, you should contact your current and former Responsible Body to discuss who will allocate devices to eligible children who you are responsible for. 

Who is eligible?

Laptops and tablets are available for the most disadvantaged children who would otherwise not have access and are:

  • CARE LEAVERS
  • CHILDREN WITH A SOCIAL WORKER
  • CHILDREN IN YEAR 10, AHEAD OF GCSES NEXT YEAR

Responsible Bodies will be given a fixed number of laptops and tablets to support children and young people in these groups.

Care leavers and children with a social worker

Local authorities will be responsible for ordering devices for care leavers and children with a social worker who they are responsible for.

We have asked local authorities to work with schools to identify care leavers and children with a social worker who need devices.

All devices for care leavers and children with a social worker will be allocated and delivered to local authorities. Local authorities are responsible for managing distribution to children and young people, liaising with schools where appropriate.

Year 10 pupils

Academy trusts and local authorities are responsible for ordering devices for Year 10 pupils who do not have a social worker and do not have the means to access a laptop or tablet. We have asked them to work with you to identify these children.

These devices will be delivered directly to schools where you will be responsible for distributing these to identified families and children. You should liaise directly with your academy trust or local authority to manage this delivery. 

Delivery, set up and distribution of devices

Laptops and tablets will have settings to make sure they are safe and secure online. You can also apply your own settings and software to match the education resources you use and to fit with your own policies.

Free School Meal Voucher Information

If you are entitled to Free Schools you should have received your vouchers from us via email (or in the post if you do not have an email address.)

If you have not received your email voucher - please check your SPAM or JUNK folder for an email from EdenRed. Please call school if you cannot locate it. To activate your voucher follow the instructions on the email or click here to got to the main site.

    EdenRed's Parent/Carer Guide can be downloaded here

If you were expecting a voucher in the post and have not received it, please call school. They are posted first class, recorded but there have been some delays in deliveries over the last few weeks.

IF YOU BELIEVE YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES HAVE CHANGED AND YOU ARE NOW ENTITLED TO FREE SCHOOL MEALS PLEASE CONTACT SCHOOL ON 0121 472 0876

Latest Government advice on Free School Meals Vouchers - CLICK HERE