A recent SecEd and Stone Group webinar discussed what schools can do, practically and realistically, to support those families on the wrong side of the digital divide. Panellists Bukky Yusuf and Fiona Aubrey-Smith pick up the conversation...

A survey conducted last autumn by Stone Group, SecEd and Headteacher Update found that the digital divide remains one of the biggest barriers to the effective use of technology in schools (cited by 57% of the responding schools).

In an era of blended and hybrid learning, the digital divide has become an ever-growing barrier to education for many pupils, especially those who are disadvantaged. And there is a second front emerging in the fight to close the digital divide – that of digital competency and skills.

Following the survey results, we brought together five experts to discuss what schools can do to support families and pupils who find themselves on the wrong side of the digital divide. The webinar – which is still available to watch back – offered practical solutions, examples, and advice for schools. Below, two of our panellists reflect further on the challenges presented by the digital divide.

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