An appeal has gone out to help a school raise around £15,000 for new computer equipment so pupils can improve their digital literacy skills.
King’s Sutton Primary Academy needs the cash to replace its outdated technology and has launched a fundraising appeal, called ‘IT’s for the Kids’ in light of budget cuts hitting schools across the country.
The school aims to buy a bank of tablets and keyboards that can be used interchangeably as laptops for word processing and mathematical modelling, or as tablets for voice recording, taking images and creating videos as well as for specific apps and access to websites to support children who might need extra help with reading, spelling and maths.
Deputy head and computing co-ordinator, Emma Palastanga, said: “Budget cuts are hitting schools hard. Teachers and teaching assistants are being made redundant to meet funding cuts yet there have been a number of scientific and technological advances over the last few years and in order to compete in a global market these changes have been reflected in what pupils are expected to learn.
“An example of this is digital literacy – teaching children how to stay safe online – and coding which introduces youngsters to writing computer programmes, using logic and creative problem solving skills.
“What exciting times for our young people and our teachers being at the forefront of these developing skills. The challenge however comes from keeping pace with the technological tools and King’s Sutton Primary Academy’s computers and equipment are well past their shelf life.
“We are therefore looking to update our computing equipment to ensure our pupils can be best equipped for the future that faces them and to provide opportunities they deserve to flourish at school now and in our globally competitive workplaces in the future.”
The school needs enough iPads, which are £419 each, to cater for a class of 30, at a total cost of around £12,500. The school also needs to buy cases with keyboards, at £70 each, a charging and syncing trolley for around £850, and a machine to act as a server for £335.
A further £700 would mean the school could have these set up by its technical team and staff would receive up-to-date training on the most current apps and features.
Any further funds would be used towards software and other hardware. This investment would keep the school up to date for the next five years.
The school is looking for anyone with fundraising ideas to get in touch or anyone whose company would be willing to sponsor the school.
For more information visit www.kingssuttonpa.co.uk/its-for-the-kids or email ITsforthekidskspa@gmail.com.
Some of the children have put together a video about why they need new iPads which can be found on the school’s website at http://www.kingssuttonpa.co.uk/year-3.