Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

City School Leads UK in Home Help Computers

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

City School Leads UK in Home Help Computers

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Byline: By Cathy Spencer

A forward-thinking school is loaning out computers to families to help their children with homework.

Hilton Primary School, in Blakelaw, Newcastle, charges the families pounds 3 a week for the computers to help their children get online.

The scheme is the first of its kind in the country and is being jointly run by the school, the E-learning Foundation and ASPECT ( one of Newcastle's three education action zones.

Around 100 computers, along with broadband internet access, will be installed in people's homes, allowing families to benefit from new learning opportunities.

The families taking part will pay a small weekly contribution in return.

At the end of the loan period they may be able to keep the computer.

Pupils will be able to do homework on the computer and keep a portfolio of their work on the internet which they can access from home or school.

Their work can also be emailed to school where it can be used as a power-point presentation in classrooms or the school hall.

John Laws, headteacher at Hilton Primary School, said: "This is a really exciting project and a fantastic opportunity for our pupils and their families.

"We have been using cutting edge computer technology in school for some time. I have been head at the school for 14 years and we have started from scratch to build it up to one of the most hi-tech schools in the region.

"Each of our 14 classrooms and nursery have interactive whiteboards and our pupils can all access their own E-learning portfolios on the internet.

"Pupils are able to work from home and their work can be presented on one of our whiteboards so pupils can easily see each others work.

"We even have a projector in the hall so the whole school can see what youngsters have been doing at home or on their computer at school. …

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