An appeal has gone out to both those living in the Alton area, and the local business community, for ‘used’ laptops that can be reconditioned and used for home schooling.
With some families having to home school with little more than a mobile phone, Alton Lions and Alton and District Community Resilience Fund (ADCRF) are working with schools to identify and address the need for more robust devices.
While some secondary and junior schools have benefited from the allocation of new laptops from the Department for Education (DfE), the allocation is limited and based on pupil numbers.
According to Eggar’s School Headteacher, Patrick Sullivan, the DfE scheme does not address the whole need and most schools remain desperate for more laptops to support children working from home.
The ‘used’ laptops need to be in good condition, with associated cabling etc… and modern enough to contain at least Windows 7, in order to be updated to Windows 10.
They will be taken to Computer Solutions in Winchester where they will be cleared, reconditioned and fitted with the relevant software. The cost of this work will be met by ADCRF.
The first batch of used laptops has already gone over to Winchester and will be returned for use by pupils at St Lawrence CE Primary School.
While the infant schools have not been included in the government scheme, they too are struggling to provide enough tablets for younger children to work with.
Although ADCRF will be offering grants to support the purchase of tablets its funds, (secured from generous public donations to support those in difficulty during the pandemic), will be hard pushed to meet the expected demand.
Donations to support this scheme will be gratefully received and can be made to ADCRF via the ‘Donate’ link on Alton Lions Club (CIO) homepage at www.altonlions.org.uk
If you have a laptop, in good condition, that you no longer use but that could help a child with home schooling, please contact Lion, Moira Baker on 07969 164544 – or take it along to your nearest school.