Greater Manchester Technology Fund launches with over 500 digital kit bundles for digitally excluded

Greater Manchester Combined Authority has invested £150,000 in 567 kit bundles which will soon be made available to disadvantaged and digitally excluded pupils, working closely with schools and colleges to identify those in most need. A ‘digital kit bundle’ will include a laptop and the required tools to get online.

It is estimated that levels of digital exclusion are up to four times higher amongst those schools with the highest level of pupils eligible for a free school meal, with 19% of pupils in Greater Manchester claiming free school meals. Provision of this kit will initially focus on recipients of free school meals, allowing these young people to continue their education from home, stay in touch with friends and family and provides teachers and tutors with a mechanism for support.

GMCA are currently coordinating needs assessments with secondary schools and colleges; once that need is established, kit bundles will be provided to schools to directly manage and distribute to those they prioritise as having the highest need.

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