Funding for Digital Devices


Dear Colleagues,

We appreciate that, despite the DfE laptops scheme and the support currently being offered to Infant pupils through the funding from the Rothschild Foundation, some pupils in your school still do not have sufficient access to a digital device in their home to enable them to participate in the remote education provided by your school.  Thank you to those schools that provided information as to the size of this cohort through the PEB/BASH survey on the 26th January.

Buckinghamshire Council has funding to provide up to a maximum of £100 per eligible pupil for your school to purchase a digital device for these pupils still in need, and up to a maximum £20 per eligible pupil for a 4G SIM card for these devices for those pupils without internet access in their homes.

Eligible pupils must fit all four of the below criteria:

  1. do not have ‘sufficient access’ to a digital device to enable them to fully participate in the remote education provided by your school (by ‘sufficient access’ we mean the following; the pupil does not need to have their own device, but they have sufficient time/access to a digital device to enable them to undertake all work and access all remote learning as required),
  2. have not already had a digital device or funding for a digital device provided by an alternative source (DfE laptop scheme, Rothschild Foundation funding for infant devices, other donations etc),
  3. do not have a school device that has been loaned to them during this period of remote education,
  4. are not attending school.

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Please can you provide details on the spreadsheet above of which pupils you will be claiming for and confirmation that they meet the four criteria above. Once complete, please save your file with the filename 825LLLL_825xxxx_Remote Learning Support.xlsx, where xxxx is your school number, then upload the file to AnyComms Plus selecting “Remote Learning” as the file type. Apologies for the fast turnaround, but please can you send back by end of school day on Wednesday 10th February

We will then confirm the number of eligible pupils and the maximum amount of funding available for your school and provide more details on how to process your claim on Thursday 11th February.  To participate in this scheme, all claims must be made by Friday 26th February.

 Kind regards and thank you for your support,

Gareth Drawmer

Head of Achievement and Learning