About Mind the Gap
Mind the Gap believe that children with internet access at home have a greater chance of achieving their potential at school. But government statistics show that over 500,000 children cannot get online at home. We want to fill in this gap and we know schools are best placed to help us. Mind the Gap is brought to you in partnership with the e-Learning Foundation and Quib.ly.
How big is the problem?
Over 500,000 children in over 400,000 of the poorest homes in the UK cannot go online using a computer at home, disadvantaging them in their education. Schools expect children to use the Internet at home for homework, research, revision, collaboration and independent study. Yet 10% of schoolchildren are excluded from doing this due to poor resources at home.
Some 14% of schoolchildren are eligible for free school meals, and it is estimated that at least that many again fall into the “working poor” category, with similar disposable income. (Department for Education, 2013). UNICEF estimates that 12.1% of children in the UK are living in poverty.
Why is internet access at home important?
Research commissioned by the BBC and SAM Learning found correlation between improved results and the ability to access internet-based resources for enhanced periods of time (rather than a defined period in a public library or the after-school club).
There is a powerful link between poverty and academic performance. In 2012 only 37% of children eligible for Free School Meals got an A*-C grade in English & Maths compared to 63% of all the other children; a 26% point gap (DfE).
We need to help children whose families do not have the means to afford internet access. They deserve to access the online resources that can help increase their school results.
Children from low income families do significantly worse at school than better off children. Technology has a vital role to play in closing the attainment gap. The e-Learning Foundation helps schools and families provide computers, educational software and Internet access to all school children, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds and with special learning needs.
Today’s world is full of exciting technology to help families’ daily lives and provide opportunities for children’s future. Quib.ly is a Q&A community that helps parents keep up with the opportunities and challenges of raising happy, healthy, well-balanced children in a connected world… one question at a time.
"Every child deserves the same opportunity to succeed in their education; this campaign takes an important step forward to help achieve that."
"As a mum of three, I am very passionate about giving every child the best possible skills and experiences so that they can grab every opportunity both now and in the future. No child should be at a disadvantage through something as fixable as access to the internet. "
"Getting online is no longer a luxury, it's a necessity. I'm delighted that Quib.ly can help more children to access crucial educational resources and learn essential skills from home."