Published 10 March 2021

Families in West Dunbartonshire could receive a Remote Learning Grant to help with the additional costs of providing home learning since January.

The closure of the schools earlier this year emphasised the importance of having high-quality digital learning platforms as well as access to devices and a study space to work from at home.

Schools will recommend families who would benefit from the grant to buy resources to support home learning including purchasing a desk and chair to provide a study area at home.  

It can also be used to offset an increase in energy bills experienced by families spending more time in the home throughout winter, and having to heat their home for longer. 

Councillor Karen Conaghan, Convener of Educational Services, said: “We are committed to maintaining high quality education for our children and young people, regardless of their location. I understand this has been a difficult time for parents and carers and it is important that families who could be entitled to additional support receive everything they are due. This lockdown over the winter months has caused higher than usual utility bills with heating being on all day.  I would like to thank all our educational staff who are continuing to work remotely to ensure our children and young people continue with their learning.”

Councillor Ian Dickson, Vice Convener of Educational Services, added: “Families have coped really well with remote learning and we appreciate everything parents, carers and extended family members have done to support children to learn over the last year. Along with supporting pupils to be educated  at home, it is important they have space and the right equipment to allow them to comfortably learn and study from home.”

Families may be eligible for a Remote Learning Grant if they fit a certain criteria. Eligible parties can include those in receipt of benefits;  younger people; disabled people; lone parents; ethnic minority households; larger families; low incomes households and families living in most deprived areas.