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#TechTogether


Appeal brings schools and businesses together


Businesses and individuals across the county have delivered an overwhelming response to an appeal from schools for laptops and devices to help children and parents cope with home schooling. Last month, #TechTogether was launched by


Ben Thomas from All Things Business after an appeal from a local education trust was met with an off er from ACS in Northampton to provide the technical expertise to clean and prepare unwanted devices for schoolchildren to use. Since the call fi rst went out on January 11, nearly 200 laptops, tablets and iPads have been donated;


some from businesses who were happy to pass on unwanted equipment, others from local residents and families who were happy to see an old or un- used laptop being given a new lease of life. Ben Thomas said: “It’s been fantastic to see


the way people have responded. When we heard how desperate some families were for help with home schooling, how much they were struggling, we knew we had to do something, but we weren’t expecting anything like this.” T e appeal evolved from a conversation Ben had


with Matt Coleman, Director of Primary Education at Nene Education Trust, a group of seven schools in East Northamptonshire. In that interview, which went out on social me-


dia, Matt advised parents struggling with and feel- ing stressed about home schooling to set realistic goals, and to ‘just do their best’. T en he added: “Parents are under so much


pressure, especially when they have two or more children needing access to one device, or where they have no device at all. We would ask two things


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