Luton Learning Link

Digital exclusion negatively impacts on a child’s access to education and can lead to social isolation, loneliness and anxiety.

The Digital Divide

Luton Learning Link has been set up to give young people access to the technology they need for learning. 

In Luton, 46% of young people live in poverty. Poverty means young people do not have all the equipment they need to learn from home, including a digital device and WiFi. The government scheme to provide digital access will only supply devices to Year 10 students (14 – 15 year olds) who are entitled to a free school meal and children with social workers. There is no provision for students in other year groups, or young people who live in poverty but do not get a free school meal. Looking at the latest government strategy, it is unlikely that High Schools will return before September. Although schools are doing their best to provide paper based learning, if a young person does not have digital access, it is much harder for them to participate fully and their experience of learning is greatly impoverished. 

Even if schools do reconvene in the next few months, the COVID crisis has highlighted the injustice of the digital divide – a divide between those who have access and those who don’t. Opportunities to develop skills and access education for children and young people are increasingly digital by default. Without a device to work on at home, young people fall behind in their studies and miss out on developing key skills when compared to their peers. This causes young people to worry because they know that they do not have what they need to fully participate in their studies, leaving them to feel more uncertain than ever about their future.

What do we want to do?

We want to provide 250 devices to school students who are not eligible to receive one from the government scheme, but are in real need

How can you help us?

We need your unused devices! Do you have a cupboard where unused technology is gathering dust? We want to get in there!

Who will get the devices?

Devices will be re-purposed by schools to ensure they are safe and uploaded with the software young people need to get learning.

Bridging the Digital Divide

We want to provide 250 devices to school students who are not eligible to receive one from the government scheme, but are in real need – giving them a chance to fully participate in learning too. We plan to do this by collecting donations of second hand devices from local businesses and the community. Devices will be re-purposed by schools to ensure they are safe and uploaded with the software young people need to get learning.

How will we get the devices to children?

We recognise the unique insight that schools have about the needs of their students. We have asked them to let us know how many devices they need for pupils who currently do not have access. Schools will be responsible for the distribution of devices, initially prioritizing Year 10 pupils.

Want to put in a request for your school?

Fill in the form and we will get back in touch with you.

How can you help?

We need your unused devices! Do you have a cupboard where unused technology is gathering dust? We want to get in there!
We are specifically looking for:
• Laptops
• Tablets
• Desktop computers
Devices should be:
• Complete with charger/power cables (as applicable)
• Less than 5 years old
• Have no physical damage
• Reset to factory settings and free from any donor data

Think you’ve got what we need? 

Please contact us using the form and let us know how you can help!

This is an emergency so we need your help soon. Please act fast and get devices to us by the end of May.

Who are we?

Luton Learning Link has been put together by the High Sheriff of Bedfordshire and a group of organisations from Luton including Luton Borough Council Education Service, Luton Sunni Council of Mosques, Luton Council of Mosques and Level Trust.

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Who are we?

School Referral