Bellevue donates laptops to BPET Free Schools
Bellevue Education has made a donation of laptops and other home learning equipment to the Bellevue Place Education Trust (BPET), to support their efforts in home educating during the national lockdown as a result of Covid-19.
The donation, including laptops, chargers and keyboards, will be sent to Kilburn Grange School, a Free School in Maida Vale, London.
The Bellevue Place Education Trust (BPET) sponsors eight growing Free Schools across London and Berkshire. The Trust was founded as a joint venture between Bellevue Education, and Place Group Consulting, who have been setting up new state schools for 15 years.
Chief Executive of BPET, Mark Greatrex, comments:
‘Just under 25% of the 2,324 pupils attending BPET schools are on pupil premium funding. By surveying throughout the first lockdown in 2020, we identified lack of IT as the greatest barrier for these families to engage in home learning. We were lucky to help them thanks to Department for Education (DFE) schemes, but now in ‘Lockdown 3’, it is the issue of multiple siblings who have to share devices that is our concern.
‘The Government has rules on how many hours online learning daily a pupil must maintain to stay on track, and where families are having to share, it is just not feasible.
‘The donation from Bellevue Education will have a huge impact on such families. Supporting the hardest-to-reach families and helping all pupils connect to our high-quality home learning provision is a key role for schools at this time. Thank you, Bellevue!’