Computers boost for schools

Young people from across St Helens Borough will benefit from a new IT programme that will see schools receive computers for free.

The project is part of a St Helens Council scheme to update its current IT hardware as part of a modernisation programme which will help staff be more agile and improve productivity.

As part of its commitment to recycling and supporting schools through its new IT contract the council will donate the computers to schools in need of equipment.

The computers will be restored to their original settings for safety purposes and will then be put to good use for young people across the borough.

Nicola Kearney, Headteacher at Eaves Primary School, added: “The council’s IT department have developed this wonderful scheme that will see many schools being able to afford more and/or better PCs and laptops. The cost of these items are becoming an issue for schools and the equipment themselves will become luxury items in the future. However we need to teach a quality computing curriculum and this scheme will certainly help us have the right equipment to be able to do so.”

Welcoming the move Councillor Sue Murphy, Deputy Leader of St Helens Council and Cabinet Member for Developing Young People, said: “It’s fitting that we can talk about our plans to support schools and our young people in making sure they have access to high quality computers just before National Recycling Week. This is a great way to make sure that everyone benefits from our modernisation plans that will help our staff work more efficiently while also making a real difference to the education and go towards supporting our young people.”

Councillor Kate Groucutt, Cabinet Member for Corporate Services, added: “The council has carefully considered its options in relation to replacing out of date devices and recognises that, although replacing large numbers of end of life kit is a significant one-off investment, it is essential in order for the council to exploit fully the opportunities that digital advancements allow, and to ensure that the council is modern and fit for purpose going forwards.

“In some cases schools are using devices that are eight or nine years old, are no longer sustainable and badly need replacing. Since the council now provides the IT support for 58 of the borough’s 66 schools, it is in a unique position to offer these devices on an upgraded basis to these schools for use within the classrooms to replace their aged estate.”

The scheme was approved at a cabinet meeting today, Wednesday.

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