Home access brought a step closer

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Plans to enable every child in England to have access to a computer and the internet at home have taken a step closer with the recent announcement of the suppliers approved for the pilot phase.

The Home Access programme, which will be piloted in Oldham and Suffolk from February, aims to provide practical and financial support for low-income families to get online.  Announced by the Prime Minister in September, it will target families with children aged 7-18 in full-time state-maintained education.  

The Home Access programme forms part of Becta's Next Generation Learning campaign, which promotes the best use of technology in learning.

“There’s clear evidence to show that effective use of technology really does boost a child's achievement,” said Becta chief executive Stephen Crowne. “We need to ensure that every child has an equal chance to tap into the benefits of the internet to support their learning at home.”

All families in the pilot areas will be able to buy all or some elements of approved Next Generation Learning @ Home packages.  These consist of a computer, internet access, software and support services. Families eligible for financial help will get funding from a Home Access Grant scheme run by the local authority.

The packages will be provided by approved suppliers who have gone through an accreditation process run by Becta.

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