An initiative launched by a Westbury IT company to donate unwanted laptops to homeschooling students who don’t have access to computers at home has helped 100 youngsters bridge the 'digital divide'.
The latest donation by Priority IT was to The Dorcan Academy in Swindon, where headteacher Sherryl Bareham was presented with five laptops.
Many students at Dorcan Academy come from a lower-income background and online learning at home can be compromised because they don’t have access to a laptop or they have to share one.
“We have received 57 new laptops from the government for our most disadvantaged students. However, we have other students who did not meet the criteria yet who are also in need; this donation will enable us to support them too. We want all of our students to be able to access online learning,” said the headteacher.
Priority IT managing director Kieran Thomas said: “We have been running a laptop refurbishment initiative for homeschooling throughout the pandemic.
"It’s pretty simple - we have been asking local businesses and individuals to donate any unloved laptops to us. We then securely wipe the data on them, test, upgrade and then donate to any individual, school, charity or organisation to help with homeschooling."
The company has also donated laptops to families through Wiltshire Social Services, to charities, and to nominated individuals in need.