Making your digital strategy inclusive

Whether you're creating or reviewing your digital strategy, consider digital inclusion so everyone in your school can benefit and pupils can thrive online.

Last reviewed on 13 March 2024
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Contents
  1. Understand what 'digital inclusion' looks like 
  2. Make sure devices are accessible for all pupils
  3. Make the curriculum accessible for all pupils
  4. Support pupils who don’t have access to a device or internet connection at home
  5. Prepare pupils for online safety risks and how to avoid them
  6. Support teachers as well as pupils

Understand what 'digital inclusion' looks like 

There's no set way to create an inclusive digital strategy, and it may encompass a number of different things. Your school might already be working towards their own definition of inclusion.

Consider using the concept of 'digital inclusion' to help guide your strategy. Again, there's no single definition of 'digital inclusion', but Unicef consider someone to be sufficiently digitally included when they have:

  • A device (1 computer, laptop or tablet per child in education)
  • A strong internet connection
  • Skills and support to effectively participate online
  • A safe online environment 
  • Sustainability of access to devices and connection that are reliable and updated as technology progresses

The government’s digital strategy sets out 4 main barriers

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