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Three West Suffolk schools set up fundraising pages to help pupils with IT shortages

A trio of schools have started fundraising pages to ensure their pupils have the right technology for home schooling.

Barnham, Stanton and Honington primary schools have been receiving donations to help them purchase laptops and tablets for some of their children to use.

Amy Arnold, headteacher of Barnham, teamed up with the PTA to drive its campaign.

Headteacher Amy Arnold, front, with Early Years teacher Philippa Sutton at Barnham Primary School. Picture by Mark Westley.
Headteacher Amy Arnold, front, with Early Years teacher Philippa Sutton at Barnham Primary School. Picture by Mark Westley.

She said: “We needed a creative way to ensure every child had the same opportunities to flourish and fulfil their potential at home. We sent out the devices we had but still found a far greater demand.”

The school’s page raised more than £1,000 within the first 24 hours, enabling a first batch of devices to be ordered and sent out to homes.

Emily Rayment, a member of the PTA, said: “We have been blown away by the generosity of people.We do not know how long home learning is going to go on for so these donations are making a real difference.”

To donate to Barnham Primary, go to gofund.me/b44bbe05.

Stanton’s fundraiser has raised more than £2,000 to help its pupils get access to equipment.

Headteacher Sue Chapman said some families just had a mobile phone to share between their children.

“Because our allocation of laptops was quite small we have not got enough to support all our children,” she said.

Mrs Chapman also said whilst they had work for students there were some times when a laptop or tablet was essential.

“We have been printing out work but the children do not get the explanations from the teachers as they are done through the laptops,” she said.

To donate to Stanton, go to uk.gofundme.com/f/help-proved-laptops-for-stanton-primary-school

For Honington Primary, whose fundraising page was set up last week, headteacher Lauren Moore said the national shortage of IT equipment in schools has made them find their own ways to try and fix it.

She said: “There is a lot of publicity about laptops being provided for schools but we have got 180 pupils and we have only been provided with five laptops.

“A lot of our families are struggling to do remote learning the best way that they would like for their children, so we are just trying to be proactive.”

To donate to Honington Primary, go to gofundme.com/f/honington-school-laptops-for-lockdown

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