National and local schemes to provide laptops and tablets for children who cannot attend school due to coronavirus

The Department for Education (DfE) is providing laptops and tablets to help children and families access remote education during coronavirus (COVID-19). This offer is in addition to more than 220,000 laptops and tablets, and more than 50,000 4G wireless routers, already distributed between May and July 2020 by DfE to local authorities and trusts for pupils in year 10, care leavers and young people with a social worker.

Devices will be available for disadvantaged children in years 3 to 11 and those in any year group who are affected by disruption to face to face education at their school, or have been advised to shield because they are clinically extremely vulnerable.

In the event of disruption to face to face education at schools due to coronavirus (COVID-19), DfE can provide support to help disadvantaged children and young people who are otherwise unable to access remote education.

Examples of this include disadvantaged children:

  • With no digital devices in their household
  • Whose only available device is a smartphone
  • With a single device in their household that’s being shared with more than one other family member
  • Who do not have a fixed broadband connection at home

Schools, maintained schools, academy trusts and hospital schools, as well as further education providers who have enrolled 14 to 16 year olds, are included within this offer. They will receive an allocation of devices to be used to support disadvantaged pupils in the following groups if they do not have access to a digital device through other means:

  • Pupils in years 3 to 11
  • Clinically extremely vulnerable children across all year groups who are shielding on official advice
  • Children in all year groups unable to access remote education whilst attending school on a hospital site

Guidance on how schools can access digital devices for children requiring access to remote education due to shielding or local coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions can be accessed here. Parents, carers and pupils cannot apply for internet access or digital devices through this scheme themselves.

Locally through its #GettingstudentsOnline campaign, the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership has provided funding for and worked with businesses to raise additional money to purchase over 396 laptop bundles to donate to schools in Cheshire and Warrington. The bundles comprising of an entry level laptop and 3 months internet access are to help students secondary school students in Cheshire and Warrington who don’t have access to a computer or broadband connectivity away from school, ensuring they are able to access online learning.   If you want to know more or want to donate to the LEP’s #GettingStudentsOnline campaign then please email