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Call for pupils without laptops in England to be allowed into schools

Children’s commissioner’s plea comes as third national Covid lockdown begins

A million children who are still without access to laptops should be allowed into schools, the children’s commissioner for England has said, amid growing pressure on government and telecoms companies to cut the cost of mobile data.

The call by Anne Longfield – who wants pupils to be designated as “vulnerable” if remote learning equipment cannot be provided to them – comes as schools were closed for at least six weeks as England began a third national lockdown.

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