Over 600 Chromebooks given out

Sunday 28 February 2021

At Ark Burlington Danes, we have given out over 600 Chromebooks since September. This forms part of Ark Schools' larger digital stertegy, to ensure everyone can keep leaninrg.

More than 12,000 digital devices have so far been distributed to Ark’s 38 schools to support remote learning, particularly among disadvantaged students. 

This includes more than 5,500 devices provided by the DfE with the additional devices funded by our Coronavirus Appeal last year to ensure that all students in Key Stage 2 and above have access to a school device to support their learning at home by the start of the next academic year. 

BDA has deployed devices to students in most need to ensure that digital exclusion avoids exacerbating wider attainment gaps. A parent survey undertaken across all Ark schools during the first lockdown revealed that only 48% of students had a suitable device for home learning. 

Ark have also developed new teaching materials, platforms and training to ensure remote learning is supported by the network’s strong curriculum offer. This includes the development of a new home learning platform called SpArk and our work in partnership with Oak National Academy to offer pre-recorded, curriculum-aligned lessons.    

As well as providing immediate support for students during the pandemic, Ark's digital strategy seeks to bring longer-term benefits including enhanced independent learning outside school hours and to maximise quality teaching in the classroom.  

By the end of last week, Ark had distributed 12,327 devices. By September, we plan to have distributed a total of up to 24,000.