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Cardiff supplies thousands of additional digital devices to schools

Cardiff Council continues its work to address the issue of digital deprivation and over the next few weeks a further 2,340 Chromebook devices will be delivered to schools to assist in the delivery of online and remote learning, whilst schools are closed due to COVID-19.

This is in addition to the 12,775 new digital devices and 2,000 new 4G broadband devices already provided to schools since the start of the pandemic.

Cabinet Member for Education, Employment and Skills, Cllr Sarah Merry said: “Ensuring that all children and young people are presented with the same opportunities to engage with remote learning whilst schools are closed has been priority.

“Since the start off the pandemic a dedicated project team has worked with our schools to identify those pupils who are digitally disadvantaged to make sure they have the appropriate digital provision so that they can continue with their learning at home.

“The roll out of devices is still ongoing, including support to access wifi. This scheme promotes Cardiff’s long term strategy to provide every child with the appropriate connectivity, both during and after lockdown.”

If your child does not yet have access to an suitable ICT device or internet access at home, please inform your school who can make the appropriate arrangements for you to loan a device or set upinternet access.

The scheme has been delivered by Cardiff Council funding, in partnership with Welsh Government’s Education Technology Project Fund, to support children in Cardiff that have been unable to access online learning during school closures caused by COVID-19.