School fundraises to keep pupils learning

East Dunbartonshire school puts pressure on the Scottish government as teachers raise funds to help students access online learning 

Teachers at a Scottish secondary are seeking to raise £10,000 to ensure that all their pupils have access to a device and a reliable internet connection so they can access the school’s Digital approach to Learning, introduced as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown. 

Boclair Academy in Bearsden has taken matters into its own hands, with a group of teachers seeking to raise £10,000 by running 5K a day in May. 

They said many households in their catchment lacked devices, other pupils, meanwhile, were struggling to get online at all. 

Concerns are mounting that the attainment gap will widen in the lockdown because children from less well-off backgrounds are unable to access the online learning being provided by teachers. 

The children’s charity Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland warned recently that some of Scotland’s most vulnerable children are digitally cut off from learning.