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Alpha Academies Trust increases connectivity with students

28 April 2020 Local News

Stoke-on-Trent’s Alpha Academies Trust is increasing support for families so that all students can continue their education during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Following an evaluation of learning in the first two weeks of the pandemic it became apparent that a number of students were at a disadvantage to others with a lack of equipment or broadband access at home.

CEO Simon French said the innovations teachers are currently using to support students at home allow some form of structure during the pandemic and they need to be available for all.

We are really pleased about the government’s announcement to support students at this time and have already conducted our own survey to see which students need additional support.

“Technology already plays an important role in our school environment but this lack of internet access could affect their future academic performance.

“Families, not having internet access can also mean missing out on information or losing out on a direct line of communication with schools and teachers”.

The Trust’s focus is on inspiring students to achieve and Simon French has already appealed to local businesses and charities to help families’ access online learning.

“We have already identified a key number of families who we need to support and have received some support to help those individuals with internet access and equipment but we are hoping that employers and businesses across the area may be able to help us further to support other families at this time.

“The government announcement should support a number of families with access and we want to try and support as many families as possible.

“With further support, businesses across the area can make a real difference to our students’ future. Anyone who can help should email me at



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