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Petition Provide disadvantaged children with a connected laptop to access home learning

The Government should ensure that children have unrestricted personal use of an up to date, internet-connected computer with a full keyboard, at least from KS4 (the school year they turn 15). Government should urgently fund this for disadvantaged students such as those entitled to free school meals.

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As schools move learning online in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, digital inclusion is more important than ever. Already vulnerable young people should not be further disadvantaged by school closures. In UK state secondary schools, there were 468,780 pupils known to be eligible for and claiming free school meals in January 2019. These children and young people may not have access to adequate equipment and connectivity, and should not be excluded from their education.

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MPs to debate access to remote education and the quality of free school meals

MPs will debate access to remote education and the quality of free school meals on Monday 18 January in the main House of Commons chamber. This is an Opposition day debate, on a motion determined by the Leader of the Opposition.

Opposition days are days allocated in the House of Commons for the discussion of subjects chosen by the opposition (non-government) parties.
The debate will start after the conclusion of the debate on Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit.

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