Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/01/02/kids_free_laptops/

Norfolk children get £310,000 of free laptops

Broads-based giveaway

By Kablenet

Posted in Government, 2nd January 2009 13:07 GMT

The Department for Children, Schools and Families has given Norfolk County Council £310,000 to purchase laptops for more than 400 children.

The money from the government's Home Access ICT scheme will be used to target groups of young people who live in deprived areas, who are persistent absentees, traveller children, those in alternative education and those with English as a second language.

The council said it would be working with secondary schools to identify the children who could most benefit from improved access to ICT. The children chosen will be able to access the web securely through their school's computer network.

Rosalie Monbiot, council cabinet member of children's services, said: "This is a fantastic opportunity to raise attainment among targeted groups of young people and to help promote the importance and value of learning. Supporting those who have had long periods of absence from school will help them to re-engage in education and provide them with opportunities to catch-up with the work they have missed."

She added: "I know the laptop project for looked after children is already proving a success and I am thrilled that we are able to roll it out in this way."

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