They’re digitally inclusive at Deeping St James

Presentation of certificate by David Evans and Jim Cooper of e-learning  to assistant head Lizzy Kennedy
Presentation of certificate by David Evans and Jim Cooper of e-learning to assistant head Lizzy Kennedy

Linchfield Primary in Deeping St James has become the first in the country to receive Digitally Inclusive School status from the 
e-learning foundation.

Members of the foundation came to see pupils during a special ICT day.

The foundation was set up to help schools develop the most appropriate strategy to achieve personal internet access for all at school and at home.

They also campaign to keep the role of ICT in education at the forefront of public consciousness and encourage the use of learning technologies to help children achieve their full potential.

To that end they have set up the national Mind The Gap programme, aimed at getting every school-age child online at home.

Schools who can prove this is the case are invited to be recognised as aDigitally Inclusive School.

To earn the reward the school had to find out how many families were connected to the internet at home and support those who cannot. At the end of the process 100 per cent of the families had internet access.

After being presented with the Digitally Inclusive School certificate, headteacher Andy Fawkes told the Free Press: “It is a great accolade for this school.

“It’s part of our work in the community to work with families to make sure we meet their needs.

“Being on the internet 
improves life choices so much.

“We are putting this school back on the map. It’s had some difficult years so it’s nice to have some success.”

Our picture shows David Evans and Jim Cooper of the e-learning foundation with assistant head Lizzy Kennedy and Linchfield pupils.

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