Two leading independent schools, Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls and The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School in Elstree, have been busy delivering bundles of new laptops and dongles with pre-loaded internet to several Radlett schools.
The initiative has been created by both schools in a bid to support the rising numbers of families struggling to access learning at home, due to poor internet connectivity and lack of devices.
Schools in Radlett currently receiving the equipment include Fairfield Junior and St John’s.
Joshua Plotkin, director of partnerships for both of the Haberdashers’ Schools in Elstree, explained: “One of the key issues many families are facing right now is access to the internet and with it, access to the resources they need for their remote learning.
“The pre-loaded dongles give students an instant 4G connection: even if there are not enough laptops to go round at the moment, most will have a smartphone, which as a last resort, they will now be able to use for their education without worrying about racking up huge bills.
“The feedback from the schools has been hugely positive. They were delighted to receive the support and had already made arrangements to distribute the equipment to those in their community who really need it.
“We feel a responsibility towards all of the children in our community who are struggling to access the learning they are entitled to. The schools have already told us how much difference these resources and devices will make to those families that are having a hard time.”