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Laptops, tablets and internet access

In response to the current coronavirus outbreak, the Department for Education has announced it will provide devices such as laptops and tablets, and internet access to some disadvantaged children and young people who do not currently have them.


Laptops and tablets

People eligible for laptops or tablets are:
• Care leavers
• Children and young people aged 0 to 19 with a social worker
• Disadvantaged year 10 pupils

Internet access

Internet access will be provided through 4G hotspot devices for anyone below who does not currently have it:
• Care leavers
• Young people aged 11 to 19 with a social worker
• Disadvantaged year 10 pupils

Young people aged 16 to 19 who are outside these categories and do not have a suitable device for education may be eligible for support through the  Government's 16 to 19 Bursary Fund. To find out about eligibility, go to 16 to 19 Bursary Fund.

How the scheme works

Schools, parents and pupils will not be able to apply for internet access or digital devices themselves.
We are working with schools to identify and contact the care leavers, and children and young people with a social worker who need devices and internet access and are eligible.
This is a new scheme, and we will contact the eligible people to let them know about delivery arrangements as soon as arrangements for the scheme are finalised. Internet and digital devices will be delivered directly to the schools or to Norfolk County Council for onward distribution.

Digital devices for disadvantaged year 10 pupils will be provided via schools and Multi Academy Trusts.

More information

See the Government’s latest guidance on laptops, tablets and internet access.

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