Barbara has welcomed the launch of a new Government scheme that means hundreds of families with school age children across Salford could receive a free laptop and broadband access at home to help children boost their schoolwork.
Trials showed that children who benefited from the scheme spent an hour more each week learning online, compared to their classmates who already had the internet at home. Furthermore, 81% of parents believed that home internet access had increased their involvement in their child’s learning.
Barbara is urging local parents to check whether they qualify for the ‘Home Access programme’. Families with a child in years 3 to 9 at school who are eligible for free school meals can apply for the laptop and home broadband access by calling 0333 200 1004 or visiting www.homeaccess.org.uk
“These days computers and home internet access are as essential a part of education for young people as books, pens and paper. I welcome this new scheme which will help to make sure that children without the internet at home are not left behind.
“Hundreds of families across Salford could be eligible for the Home Access Scheme. It will give children the opportunity to do coursework and research on the internet - helping children succeed in school and get the skills they need to get good jobs in the future.
“The scheme could also help parents get more involved in their child’s education and develop new skills.”
Barbara with the Schools Secretary Ed Balls on the day of the scheme’s launch