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IET welcome Government announcement to make remote education accessible

Institution of Engineering and Technology

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The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has welcomed the Government’s announcement that disadvantaged children across England are set to receive laptops and tablets as part of a push to make remote education accessible for pupils staying at home during the coronavirus outbreak.

Stephanie Baxter, IET Education and Skills Lead, said: “This is a good first step, but it is vital that this level of support is available for all school children from disadvantaged backgrounds so that attainment gaps are not exacerbated.

“As with all technology, digital resources will only be used effectively if both the learner and teacher have the necessary equipment and skills. As part of a longer-term strategy, teachers must be supported to confidently use technology in lessons. This, in turn, will aid young people to develop crucial digital skills needed for their future learning and career.”

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