Christopher Whiteside MBE is Conservative County Councillor for the Egremont North and St Bees Division of Cumbria County Council. The division includes St Bees, Bigrigg, Wood End, Moor Row, part of the Mirehouse area of Whitehaven, and surrounding countryside.
He is also deputy chair (political and campaigning) of the North-West region of the voluntary wing of the Conservative party.
Chris lives and works in Copeland with his wife and family.
Friday, January 08, 2021
Remote learning support during the third lockdown
The government is taking steps to improve remote learning opportunities for disadvantaged children who lack internet access so that they can continue their remote education.
The Department for Education has worked closely with the telecommunications sector since the start of the pandemic to help ensure disadvantaged children who lack internet access at home can continue their remote education.
DfE considered a range of options, including BT Hotspot, and decided on schemes that ensured pupils who needed it were provided a reliable and consistent internet connection.
The government is taking action to eliminate barriers to remote learning for our poorest students by working with the country’s leading mobile operators to deliver free internet access, through the Get Help with Technology Programme. This sits alongside more than 54,000 4G routers delivered to schools and colleges to support families without internet access.