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1 Regional forums Home Access programme

2 Local authority conferences Hosted 3 conferences for local authorities on Home Access – over 250 delegates attended and over 100 authorities represented. Overwhelmingly positive feedback received and authorities reporting they are keen to get involved Assistive technology was particularly well received as was the Home Access National Indicators map Some areas where more detail was requested: – Rollout and marketing plan – Delivery partners – Eligibility criteria – Aggregation – Looked After Children

3 National Rollout Looked After Children Grant Administration Service announced on the 16 th October as Capita Becta is currently reviewing Marketing Strategy and Implementation plans Proving period end November – December 2009 Main launch activities in January 2010 When all eligible families can start to apply Main marketing to start Support for LAs and schools Home Access Regional Marketing Team available for support activities Information packs for Schools made available

4 Eligibility Are you a parent or guardian responsible for and living with a child years 3 to 9... who attends a state school in England full time... who did not get a computer from Computers For Pupils or the Home Access programme in the past Do you receive at least one of the followingYes Free School Meals for your child Income Support Income Based Jobseekers Allowance Child Tax Credit (but not Working Tax Credit) and an income of less than £16,040 Guaranteed Pension Credit Income Related Employment Support Allowance Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act

5 The offer Home Access Grants for low income families to cover the cost of a Home Access package comprising: Approved suppliers to provide these packages designed to support learning Assistive technologies for those with additional needs

6 Getting the grant Designed to remove burden from schools and local authorities Responsible for: - driving demand - issuing and evaluating applications - delivering grants to families - enquiry and helpdesk support Will benefit over 270,000 households by March 2011 Capita will provide the grant administration service

7 First wave of provisionally approved suppliers and their partners are: Acquiring the product Bli Education Centerprise (3 mobile, Phones4U, Apollo, Hughes, Brighthouse, Retra) Comet Misco Positive IT Solutions (Cartridge World) XMA (T-mobile)

8 Becta is then responsible for delivering benefits realisation. Learning and development Providing parents, carers and guardians with advice and guidance including: -how to guide on every desktop -dedicated Home Access web-space for families -monthly newsletter and direct mail via approved suppliers Supporting local authorities and schools to realise the wider benefits of the scheme for their families Working with partners such as DCSF, BIS, TDA, QCDA and UK online centres

9 Looked After Children Looked After Children in foster care will be catered for by the main Home Access programme. Local authorities (specifically care workers) will identify a need and make an application on the learners behalf at key review points in the Careplan and Pathway Plan reviews. Eligibility for Looked After Children spans years 1 to 13 inclusive. Looked After Children (and others) who benefitted under Home Access for targeted Groups will be ineligible under the national programme. Detailed guidance will be made available later in November. This will be sent to the LACES teams or equivalent contacts in authorities and be available for download from

10 Ownership of kit In all cases the package stays with the foster family. The four exceptions are: Child has been awarded enhanced assistive technology and so is bespoke to their needs Child is in a critical phase of education and loss of equipment would severely impact attainment Child is leaving care, but requires kit to continue with education. If the designated care worker thinks it is appropriate In all of these cases the decision is made by the designated care worker. If packages do move then the foster carer should notify the approved supplier.

11 Home Access for Targeted Groups 110 local authorities took part in the Home Access for Targeted Groups programme which ran in parallel to the Home Access pilots Over 21,000 learners benefited – including looked after children, young offenders, Gypsy Roma Travellers, pupils in National Challenge schools and those in alternative provision These learners are ineligible for Home Access grants. Local authorities are required to provide Capita with details of recipients – secure data transfer being arranged in November. Local authorities should take into account previous provision when verifying looked after children applications and in targeting Home Access awareness messages

12 Aggregation Aggregating local authorities are: Shropshire Hull Brimingham Durham Details of schools aggregation will now be communicated to schools and academies Academies can chose whether to run their own scheme or take part in the local authority scheme

13 School level aggregation Any school – other than an academy – will have to be affiliated to the e-Learning Foundation to run an aggregation scheme. e-Learning Foundation will provide additional advice and support, as well as providing schools with opportunity to combine Home Access with a wider parental contribution based scheme. e-Learning Foundation also has access to additional funds to support schools build wider programmes to include those ineligible for Home Access grants. School level and Individual Support Grants available from e-Learning Foundation (

14 School level aggregation Schools will have to submit an application to Capita who will evaluate them and if successful register their aggregation scheme. As with local authorities, schools will have to communicate the opportunity to families, ensure legal requirements are followed and purchase equipment from approved suppliers. The deadline for applications is 28 February – however school applications will be evaluated and (if successful) registered as and when submitted. They can operate their aggregation scheme as soon as they are registered.

15 Communicating schools aggregation Schools aggregation pack will be available on request from 1 December from: Opportunity will be included in 26 November DCSF email to Headteachers Local authorities should make schools aware of the opportunity Becta will also be: attending e-Learning Foundation conference (20 Nov) attending the SSAT Annual conference (25-26 Nov) working with a range of partners such SSAT and NAACE to communicate to schools looking to communicate via Sec Ed and TES

16 The programme will provide three models of support Software – pre installed on all Home Access packages applications such as text to speech, text prediction, mind- mapping and screen magnification Package 1 – provides the user with an adapted mouse and keyboard as well as reading stickers on the keyboard as required Package 2 – supports the more profound learning needs not supported by Package 1 with items such as a touch screen and joystick mouse. Assistive technology offer

17 Assistive Technology Software Becta is exploring procurement opportunities to enable local authorities and schools to purchase the AT software: -MindView 3 -Read&Write 9 -iZoom A demo version of the software for local authorities is now in development – aim to be ready before Christmas

18 Working with local authorities New resources developed for local authorities: Local authority resources DVD which contains: -Background information -Key information on how Home Access works -Real life stories, videos and other assets Stakeholder map to help authorities identify who their key partners are Home Access National Indicator Map which maps local authority national indicators for 2009- 10 according to the impact Home Access can have on them FAQs for local authorities All at

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