Schools ask for laptops to donate to kids for eLearning

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Two schools in Carlisle are calling on the community to donate laptops and tablets to ensure children, who may not have suitable technology to learn from home, will not be left behind.

The St Ninian’s Catholic Federation oversees St Margaret Mary School and St Cuthbert School. Teachers are concerned some families could be left out from online learning due to a lack of tech at home.

The campaign has only just started, but so far they have been given thirteen devices.

Katie Turner, a teacher at St Margaret Mary Primary School, said: “I think this is brilliant. Asking everybody in the community to be involved, it’s not just the teachers. It takes a whole community to raise a child.

“Obviously it’s still the very early stages, and this is why this campaign’s so important now. So we can get that equipment, because we don’t know how long this is going to go on for.”

Normally at this time of year classrooms would be packed. But as of the 20th of last month all schools were closed to slow the spread of Covid-19.

Kitchens have become classrooms, and lessons gone online.

As well as more traditional lessons, pupils at the school are being urged to share video of how they are keeping themselves occupied.

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Uriel’s mother, Daryl Redoble, said: “I’m a bit traditional I like pens and paper when working with my kids but nowadays I know it’s very important because you can communicate directly with the teachers so it’s really important for them to have at least a tablet and a direct contact between the parents and the school as well.”

The government has announced help for pupils learning from home, but the Head of School at St Margaret Mary’s says they have not gone far enough to help younger students.

Luke Denny, Head of St Margaret Marys School, said:“The scheme nationally is fantastic, and it’s something that’s very needed by a lot of families. However the small print does seem to bypass primary schools.

“If children have a big gap in their learning then when they do come to secondary they can struggle with that transition.”

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