COVID has highlighted the internet access inequality for children from low-income families.
Digital exclusion has an enormous impact on access to education now that so many schools are doing remote learning. The Office for National Statistics shows that only 51% of households earning between ¬£6000-10,000 had home internet access compared with 99% of households with an income of over ¬£40,001.
Digital exclusion means lost education and opportunity for the UK‚’s poorest and most vulnerable. The impact has potential to span a generation and reduce access to higher education for low income children as they fall behind in education and may struggle to catch up.