Coronavirus: MAT invests £2m in tech for poorer pupils

According to TES, one of the largest academy trusts in the country has said it will invest £2m for the provision of devices for poorer pupils while schools remain closed from the coronavirus epidemic.

The Academies Enterprise Trust will purchase 9,000 additional chrome-books and devices so that pupils with an Education and Healthcare Plan (EHCP) and those who are eligible for free school meals will be able to access digital learning while schools remain shut.

The investment will mean the trust has 16,000 devices, 1,500 of which are for staff. The remaining 14,500 will be prioritised for pupils on free school meals and pupils with an EHCP, representing around 25 per cent of pupils in the trust’s academies.

These devices will be made available to pupils after Easter at the start of the summer term, the trust said.

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