Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT, said: “This research from NFER provides important insight into the barriers that many pupils face when accessing remote learning. It is deeply concerning, but of little surprise, to have confirmed that pupils in the most disadvantaged areas are less likely to be engaged in remote learning than their more affluent peers. NFER confirmed that limited access to IT at home is a significant challenge for schools serving the most deprived communities.
“Disruption to full-time education could continue for some time yet. It cannot be right that some children miss out on part of their education for want of a computer. It is essential that the government act now to provide internet access and technology to the 700,000+ children from disadvantaged background without a computer or connectivity, and close the digital divide.”
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