Digital exclusion is not going away and is a top issue in tackling poverty. Although the pandemic has improved overall access, this is not universal and Covid has hit the poorest and the most vulnerable the hardest.
New levels of connectivity + technology are further compounding + causing new exclusions. These often reflect, reproduce + amplify divides which exist between socio economic classification, ethnicity, + gender to name but a few
Despite significant reporting, recommendations and investments such as the Governments 1.3M laptops and the Daily Mails campaign to raise over £10m this is still an urgent issue. For example, one in ten families rely on a mobile phone or similar for access.
Young people need to be connected and enabled and skilled – jobs, learning, blended learning -home/school beyond gates. Ofsted etc
Digital Poverty and Poverty are inextricably linked.
As such, this is everyone’s issue, and unless we address it, we will not be able to ‘End poverty in all its forms everywhere’ – this is number one on the list of the UN’s sustainable goals.
It is IMPOSSIBLE to achieve this Goal without addressing digital poverty and it will be impossible to deliver against most of the other SDGs in the next ten years unless we tackle this head on and do it now.
By the end of 2021 – 94% of UK, homes had internet access, up from about 89% in 2019
However, contrary to what some believe, this issue has not “gone away” with the pandemic – but the effects of digital exclusion have been magnified.
While most of us benefited from online services, lockdown had a greater effect on people who are digitally excluded. Six per cent of households don’t have home internet access, and 14% of adults still access the internet only infrequently.
Many families rely on 1 mobile phone or device for internet access representing 10% of all adults and 18% of adults in lower socio-economic households. Even among those with Access to the internet, 5% say they are not confident in using it, again with higher proportions among over-64s (9%) and lower socio-economic households (10%).
We are tackling the issue and together we can make a difference.
Within these pages you will find a comprehensive collection of information, research and guides designed to help you and all of your staff to understand the pros and cons of a 1:1 programme (where all children in your school or in a given year, class or cohort have personal access to a device); and help you through the various stages of successfully implementing a fully inclusive, equitable and sustainable 1:1 programme.
I want to know more:
You’ll undoubtedly have seen lots of information about introducing IT into learning already. But is it right for you and your school? There are many important questions you will have to ask and answers to get before you can be sure that this is the right route for your school right now. You will need to feel inspired to take the idea forward and you will need to be convinced that the effort it will take will be worthwhile. This is not something that you will do alone and there are many others within the school who will also need to understand the pros and cons of introducing a 1:1 programme (where every child in a school, class or cohort benefits equally), we know that they will also ask different questions and need different answers. We have pulled together the latest and most powerful research to help understand this and combined it along with real case studies of schools that have already been on the journey.
Because of the variety of perspectives that others will have depending on their role in the school from pedagogy to finance and systems, we have included information to help understand the concept from a variety of viewpoints.
Finally, we know that undertaking the journey without support and guidance makes for a much tougher ride – we want to reassure you right now that not only are we available to advise and help but we also have great links with a wide range of schools nearby who can also help you. Over the 15 years since we started we have worked in a variety of ways with around 3,500 schools, 250,000 children and tens of thousands of parents.
We are independent, objective and very experienced at helping school’s setup 1:1 programmes. We are committed to making sure your scheme works in supporting all of the children in your school to engage and achieve the very best that they can with the kind of change that introducing technology can bring as long as that is done effectively.
Making a decision to run a 1:1 programme (where every child has their own device to use in class and at home), be it for one cohort or the whole school, is a big decision to make, and not one that should be made lightly, so here is our guide on how to make it happen.
We have helped many schools, from their initial thinking, past their concerns and right through the decision making and planning process, helping them ensure they have the most appropriate and sustainable programme for their needs.
Where to start?
The first and probably the most important thing to remember is that it is not just about the device but how it is used and integrated as a standard tool for teaching and learning. It can be very easy to be taken in with the popular device of the day and not give enough thought about what you want to do with it and if it is the most effective way of achieving the lesson’s objective. Our first piece of advice therefore is to consider what a 1:1 programme can do for you. Once you know what you want to achieve your project team will be in a far better position to plan and develop the project.
Our School Liaison Managers (SLM) have extensive experience in helping schools plan and develop their programme and can guide you through these and other important questions, working closely with your project team. They are also able to put you in contact with local schools that already have a successful programme running as well as connecting you up with possible suppliers and finance sources.
School Liaison Service
Any school can receive advice and support for any stage of planing, engaging, launching or managing your programme. Please contact Peter Thorn-Davis, Head of School Liaison who will be happy to help you in any way he can.
Learning and teaching in a 21st century school requires pupils and teachers to have access to technology when and where it is appropriate. A portable personal device, to be used for a few minutes, or longer, as part of a lesson, or for revision, homework and extended research, replaces the pre-booked, whole class trip to the ICT Suite. From laptops to tablets to smartphones, the future lies in personal access to digital resources as part of a blended learning approach.
Who should attend:
Headteacher, Business Manager/Bursar, Head of ICT and/or e-Learning, Governors, Network Manager, designated project manager, and any other stakeholders.
Where it will take place:
The workshop will be held at your school unless an external venue is specifically requested. The number of attendees at a standard workshop is limited to 10 people. Larger groups can be accommodated, please ask for details.
Who will be involved:
The workshop will be facilitated by a senior member of the Learning Foundation, with extensive experience in advising schools on 1:1 access programmes.
How to book:
What will be covered:
The content of the day will be tailored to the needs of your school and you will select which of the following areas you want to have covered:
If you are a parent involved in a 1:1 programme at your child’s school – or you would like to encourage
your school to launch one – then this section will explain how how our programmes work,
demistify some of the terminology and show you how you can get involved.