Students at Coventry's WMG Academy get a new laptop each as they head back to school - The Coventry Observer

19th Aug, 2022

Students at Coventry's WMG Academy get a new laptop each as they head back to school

AS CHILDREN headed back to school this week, Coventry’s WMG Academy handed out brand new laptops to every student.

The scheme sees all current and new students at the academy receiving an HP Chromebook, paid for by school funds.

It means all pupils – regardless of background – will have the latest technology to access the Internet and learning platforms at school and at home.

Kate Tague, Chief Executive Officer of WMG Academy Trust, said: “It levels the playing field and means students are less likely to fall behind due to a lack of technology.

“The pandemic has emphasised how important technology is in modern education.

“Every child and young person deserves to have the same chances when they’re starting out in life and we’re doing all we can to ensure all students are equipped with the tools necessary for learning in the 21st century.”

Classwork and homework is set online and students can interact with teachers virtually as well as in person.

Lessons still take place in the academy, with a combination of traditional lessons and online activities.

Students will take their individual laptop home at the end of every day so they have access to their work at home.

In total, almost 1,000 teenagers will benefit in the first year of the scheme, which will cost the Trust £200,000.

Stringent safeguarding measures will be in place to ensure online safety at all times.

Student Summer Flitcroft, 15, said: “It’s great to be in an academy that’s at the forefront of technology and putting its students first.

“It’s a really good idea because it’s making learning more accessible for everyone.”

Students may also choose to opt out of the scheme and use their own laptop instead.

Support community journalism by making a contribution.

The Coventry Observer's team of journalists provide a trusted source news, sport, entertainment and events going on in your area and issues which matter to you - both via our free weekly print edition and daily updates on our website.

Every contribution, however big or small, you can make will help us continue to do that now and in the future.

Thanks for reading this and the Coventry Observer.

Are you on Facebook?

Like or follow our Facebook page - facebook.com/CovObserver to get daily news updates straight to your news feed.

Book an Advert

Book your newspaper advert with our online advert creation tool.

Subscribe

Receive a weekly update to your inbox by signing up to our weekly newsletter.

Reader Travel

Check out all of the latest reader travel offers to get your hands on some free gifts.

Public Notices

View and download all of the public notices in the Coventry Observer.