From our Swindon Correspndent:
From the Daily Mail
The startling inequalities in lockdown learning are laid bare today after it was revealed that an estimated 700,000 state school pupils are not being set any work by their teachers.
Some schools have simply decided against online lessons because they say many children have only limited internet access.
There’s simply no excuse for this. You can get a 90 day unlimited data card for £65 from Three. Or about £22/month. A trivial sum to make sure that the £500/month we spend on educating children can be carried out in this time.
By contrast, private and state schools in more affluent areas insist it is business as usual and boast virtual lessons and full timetables.
Parents who might threaten to cancel the direct debit and take Jocasta out if they don’t get something for their money. Tends to focus the mind when your clients can take their business elsewhere.
Parklands Primary School in Leeds, classed as outstanding by Ofsted, is not running online lessons because staff have not been trained to deliver them and some might feel ’embarrassed’ about teaching via screens.
Utterly pathetic. They’ve got a job to do and feeling a little embarassed is no excuse in a crisis where bus drivers are dying.
Head teacher Chris Dyson, said only 18 per cent of his pupils have a laptop at home.
‘At a school like mine, there may only be one electronic device between four children, so a strict timetable that’s all screen-based just isn’t going to work,’ he said.
And did you ask around? Did you put something on Facebook, put out a call to businesses, ask the local PC recycling charity?
This stuff is going on right now in the Facebook groups, the little platoons of the Covid-19 situation. People with a problem finding someone offering a solution. One of my few contributions has been getting an old laptop to a boy whose laptop had broken. it’s old, the battery life is terrible, but it works. If you asked the guy who runs our hardware in our company, he probably has some old machines sat in the store cupboard that could be cleaned down and donated.