The Learning Foundation is an independent charity launched in 2001 dedicated to helping children achieve their full potential through the effective use of technology to enhance their learning.
Our vision is to empower schools and students to enhance their teaching and learning experiences, and ensure that all children in the UK have equal access to the internet and devices for education, eliminating the current gap that affects over 2 million children.
As a registered charity since 2001, we’ve been offering independent advice and guidance to schools, promoting 1:1 technology for engaged learning both in class and at home.
Our donation management service allows a school to teach all the pupils equitably across the school helping to ensure each has the opportunity to reach their potential irrespective socio-economic challenges.
From the outset, the Foundation has adopted four key criteria that set out our objectives for school programmes and we continue to abide by them today…
We work with schools that seek to provide equity of access. To us this means that every child in a cohort or year group has the same ability and opportunity to access and benefit equally from their school’s technology. We don’t just mean in the classroom and around the school premises but at home as well.
Access to this technology is the right of every child, regardless of their parents’ ability to contribute to or participate in the programme.
Sustainability is at the heart of our model. The education world is littered with projects that grind to a halt three years on when the equipment needs replacing. We work with our partner schools to identify funding solutions that are long-term and sustainable ensuring that the school can replace equipment when it needs replacing, and can also expand its learning activities to eventually include every single pupil at the school.
Home access is absolutely fundamental to success. The Foundation works hard to support schools looking to extend access to IT beyond the school gate and in ensuring home access and broadband is universally available. Research confirms that high levels of home access to a computer and to the internet makes a significant impact on the learning outcomes of schoolchildren as the children and their parents engage with learning after the school day has finished.
The Foundation has big ambitions and this combined with a sense of urgency means that the task is beyond a single organisation. We are committed to working in partnerships with other individuals and agencies who share a common aim or link with a shared audience. These partnerships are genuinely two-way and mutual with each of us contributing however and whatever we can to reach the children, the schools, the families or communities that most need our support.
In 2021 we launched a new initiative – Digital Access for All.
This was augmented in 2021 with the launch of the Digital Poverty Alliance which is committed to ending digital poverty once and for all by 2030.
The charity is delighted to have the patronage of four senior people in education including two of our former Chairman.
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The main governing body of the charity is made up of our 8 Trustees who bring a wealth of experience in a variety of specialist areas, all of great value to the Foundation.
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We are not in favour of re-inventing the wheel or spending time that could be better used advising schools, becoming experts in specialist areas. Instead we are building a panel of experts in specific fields that are directly or indirectly connected with 1:1 technology within schools.