Postponement of the 24/02/2020 West Midlands Regional Seminar

Taking into account the current weather & flooding situation across the country we have decided to postpone the West Midlands Regional Seminar which was supposed to take place this upcoming Monday, 24th of February 2020 at Stafford Borough Council.
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More than 100 rural schools get super-fast broadband

Last week the Government announced that more than 100 rural primary schools around England are set to get super-fast broadband connections in the next few months.

The story was reported by publications such as Tes, PublicTechnology.net and Christian Today.

£3 million of initial funding has been made available and three schools are already connected, a further 52 schools have already signed contracts, and 72 are in talks. The money is from the Government’s £190 million Local Full Fibre Networks programme to help schools benefit from full fibre connections in classrooms.

One rural head teacher said that the connection had ‘revolutionised’ the school, adding: ‘The much faster and reliable access to the web has allowed staff to work more efficiently; while the children, although still geographically remote, are no longer technologically isolated and will have the same opportunities as their urban peers in preparing for a more technological future.’  

The Church of England, which operates 4,700 schools (half in rural areas), welcomed the Government’s funding and said connectivity is now a ‘social justice issue’ for children in rural areas.

Full articles:

→ Tes - More than 100 rural schools to get super-fast broadband

→ PublicTechnology.net - Rural primary schools to get gigabit broadband in £3m government scheme

→ Christian Today - High speed broadband in rural schools is a social justice issue, says the Church of England

→ GOV.UK - More than 100 rural schools to get gigabit speed broadband

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