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1 Poorer pupils to be given free laptops on Mon Jan 11, 2010 7:02 pm

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A scheme to give free laptops to pupils from poor backgrounds is being rolled out to 270,000 families in England.

The £300m Home Access scheme, first announced by Prime Minister Gordon Brown in 2008, has been piloted in two local areas.

It will allow some of the most in need children, those in care and from the poorest homes, to apply for a grant for a free laptop and broadband connection.

It aims to help bridge the achievement gap between rich and poor pupils.

A recent study from the Institute of Fiscal Studies suggested having a laptop at home could lead to a two grade improvement in one subject at GCSE.

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But the free laptop scheme has been a long time coming with the first hint families would be provided with computers coming from Mr Brown when he was Chancellor back in 1999.

This first scheme, which formed part of the Home Computing Initiative, involved firms leasing out free computers to their employees in return to tax breaks.

It eventually gained the support of about 60 companies but was wound up after seven years.

Under this new scheme, which was due to go nationwide last autumn and was championed by former education minister Jim Knight, the family gets the laptop to keep, but the broadband connection is funded for one year.

After that they can decide whether to keep funding the connection themselves.

Not all children on free school meals, the government's benchmark for poor children, will get computers under the scheme.

But children in council care and with specific educational needs will be prioritised.

The announcement comes as new research involving 200 schools and colleges suggested 80% were seeing cuts to their IT budgets.

The poll for the technology solutions provider the Stone Group also suggested just 14% of schools offered out of hours technical support to staff.

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2 Re: Poorer pupils to be given free laptops on Wed Jan 13, 2010 12:56 am

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What i read was the heading , that's all
Can you give a brief thing?

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3 Re: Poorer pupils to be given free laptops on Wed Jan 13, 2010 2:07 pm

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Basically kids from poorer background will be provided laptops by the government for their upbringing.

A study suggested that having a laptop at home could lead to a two grade improvement in one subject.

One or two months back i remember another country, don't remember which one were planning to do the same.

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4 Re: Poorer pupils to be given free laptops on Wed Jan 13, 2010 5:01 pm

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thats a great step by the goverment. well done

5 Re: Poorer pupils to be given free laptops on Wed Jan 13, 2010 8:41 pm

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I agree with shamz, the government is moving one step ahead Smile

6 Re: Poorer pupils to be given free laptops on Wed Jan 13, 2010 9:17 pm

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Great jobe done, people out there! Any way, who's gonna pay for it?

7 Re: Poorer pupils to be given free laptops on Wed Jan 13, 2010 9:19 pm

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I think the government.

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8 Re: Poorer pupils to be given free laptops on Wed Jan 13, 2010 11:01 pm

Fred100

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Yeah
Goverment will , is he Boom Boom Pow?
Oh nvm that Razz
Government's got lots of money people
so stop thinkin' about it.
Just say
"I think it's really good idea"
& Increase your post & close it. xD

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