Local schools benefit from Oxleas IT donations

News: iPad donation

Local South East London schools are benefiting from a donation of surplus IT equipment from Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust. The iPads were no longer compatible with Oxleas’ systems so the trust found a way for local children to benefit from them.

Woodside Academy in Erith, Shenstone School in Crayford and Sidcup, and Marlborough School in Sidcup are all receiving 100 iPad Airs each and it is hoped that this will be extended to other schools in the future. This will enable children to access home learning and benefit from using communication and learning apps.

Woodside Academy Headteacher Kathryn Freame said: “These will make a great difference to the children’s learning, especially as we are able to add a range of communication and learning apps to the devices. We appreciate all that NHS workers have contributed to all of our lives and, at Woodside, we really appreciate that you explored the options for the children here to receive the iPads.”

Shenstone Assistant Head Headteacher Serina Lindsay added: “They will be used to enhance learning across the curriculum. As a bonus, we will allocate some to our pre-verbal children so they can use a specially designed app to communicate their needs.”

Oxleas Director of Informatics Alison Furzer is delighted that the equipment will bring such benefits. “As an NHS organisation working across Bexley, Greenwich and Bromley, it’s great that we can support our local communities in this way. We will be looking for further opportunities in the future.”

Published on 8th November 2021