sally handley - councillor - school devices

Labour councillors have offered to support Crewe and Nantwich school headteachers in the fight to secure adequate devices for home learning during lockdown.

They have created a Facebook Group “Lockdown Laptops for Home Learning in Crewe & Nantwich”, asking local residents to donate unused or unwanted laptops and tablets directly to schools to be distributed to children who require them.

They aim to acquire 100 devices for schools with their campaign called “Project 100”.

The group may also launch a “Go fund me” page for funds can be used to buy devices from local businesses and parts to sufficiently refurb broken donated devices.

They have also urged Crewe and Nantwich MP Dr Kieran Mullan to lobby Education Secretary Gavin Williamson for the rollout of home learning to be done “promptly and effectively”.

Cllr Sally Handley (pictured), of Crewe St Barnabas Ward, said: “I have spoken to a number of people who work in education, including directly with office staff at one school.

“I am so angry at the way teachers and teaching staff are having to make decisions over who can have a place in school or not due to overwhelming demand, because of the rule change over vulnerable children.

“There is gross inequality in some parts of Crewe compared to other areas, one school was given just 17 laptops during the full lockdown last year.

“It’s not fair and it’s not good enough.”

Cllr Laura Smith, of Crewe South Ward, said: “I used to be a teacher and I think it is important we show solidarity to all involved in the profession, offering support where we can.

“We have taken the pro-active step of asking the people of Crewe and Nantwich to support our children if they can.

“If anybody has any unused or unwanted laptops or tablets, please get in touch with your school through the Facebook page.”

The Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/groups/224103675938547/

If you can donate devices or offer technical support to the group, get in touch with the group or your local Crewe or Nantwich councillor.

2 Comments

  1. lisaj Shone says:

    My child is Sen and can have a keyworker place….I do not want him in school ATM due to meltdowns and some personal issues but trying to access the preferred method of remote learning (teams) is impossible with an I pad and s broken pc desktop….I have asked my Crewe school and they haven’t been given any to give out….I should have had one delivered on Friday 15th Jan (dad’s purchase as I have his laptop to access some of the day) but it’s not yet arrived…..
    So it’s impossible on all levels…..

  2. Alistair says:

    Local councilors simply need to engage large business IT departments to collect old laptops which are suitable for use and wipe the hard drives and install the Linux Mint operating system….its a total no brainer as the majority of activity is online therefore not reliant on the Microsft Operating System AT ALL…

    Start with
    Bentley
    Bombardier
    Atos (Rail House)
    Local council offices IT departments
    The magistrates Courts
    Libraries

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