Friends of Ernest Bevin School (FEBS) Laptops for Life Chances Campaign:
Ensuring all our pupils get the full educational opportunities they deserve.
Ernest Bevin College are proud of the fact that some of the greatest minds in politics, sport and entertainment began their lives with us. The school has helped give many thousands of young people the educational opportunities and life chances they deserve, regardless of the circumstances they have been born into, to enable them to go on and succeed in their chosen fields. We don’t want this current generation to miss out on any more of their education.
That’s why we’re launching the Friends of Ernest Bevin (FEBS) - Laptops for Lifechances campaign.
With the country entering into a second period of lockdown, FEBS (Friends of Ernest Bevin School) are raising money to ensure every child has access to a laptop so that they can continue their education should an individual child need to self-isolate, if the school needs to shut again and for disadvantaged children to catch up on missed education.
Ernest Bevin is based in Tooting, SW London and prides itself on looking after all the young people who attend our school. With over 40% of children qualifying for Pupil Premium, the Government’s measure to identify children most in need of additional support, we are looking to our community and beyond to help ensure no child falls behind in the education as a result of the current Covid-19 pandemic.
Since the beginning of the crisis in March this year, Ernest Bevin College has worked hard to ensure the welfare and continued education of our students. As a part of these efforts, we loaned laptops to over 80 of our most disadvantaged children so they can continue their studies online.
During the summer term vulnerable pupils were invited into college for lessons and support, in addition to the education provided to Key Worker children and Year 10 and 12, as recommended by the Government.
While the Government scheme helped and was able to provide additional laptops and dongles to provide Wifi access, we still have children who are doing homework on their phones, sharing laptops with parents and siblings at home and so unable to access our learning platform and online resources. Should the numbers of children who need to self-isolate increase or the college be required to close again, there are still large numbers of children who would be cut off from their education.
The evidence is clear: the most disadvantaged children in society are the ones that have already fallen behind and have the largest gap in educational attainment compared to those from more well-off families. With sudden school closures and enforced isolation an ever-present possibility, the attainment gap is getting wider and these children are losing out.
The children at our College are already part of the Covid-19 generation that has experienced enormous disruption to their education through no fault of their own. We would very much like to change that – with your help.
We believe that by having access to a laptop of their own, these children from the most disadvantaged backgrounds will be able to keep up with their studies and maintain their relationships – which is vital for their long-term mental health - even if they should once again be affected by Covid-19.
No matter your background. No matter where you came from, everyone has a right to the best possible education. So please help us to help our students thrive in these difficult times.
Each laptop costs around £200 and will support a single child’s education for many years to come. Whatever you donate, you will be, in effect, also sponsoring a child’s education.
Should we exceed our target, any remaining money raised will go into a central fund to help support our children with additional pastoral care, such as counselling and other mental health services.
Please give as generously as you can.
Thank you from all the Students, Staff and families at Ernest Bevin College