Vulnerable children and young people have been loaned laptops to enable them to access online learning during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Government announced in April that laptops and tablets would be provided for vulnerable children and young people, including care leavers or pupils with a social worker, who do not currently have access to them through another source, such as their school. 

So far, over 500 laptops have been distributed to care leavers and children with a social worker in Wolverhampton, with further deliveries planned to pupils attending schools outside of the city or children under the care of the council who live outside of Wolverhampton in the coming days.

Councils and academy trusts were invited to apply for laptops through the Department for Education and are responsible for loaning them to vulnerable pupils. 

Councillor Dr Michael Hardacre, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: "Ensuring children and young people are able to continue to access educational opportunities throughout the coronavirus pandemic has been a top priority for the council.

"The last few months have been incredibly hard for everyone, and particularly so for pupils who have not been able to go into school over the last few months and who are instead having to learn from home using online and other resources.

"By securing these laptops we are able to support our vulnerable children and young people who otherwise would not be able to access online learning because they haven't got the equipment to do so."