Thomas’s Schools Foundation, ICT Homework Clubs
Getting confident with computers at London’s homework clubs
“The enthusiasm in the ICT suite was electrifying,” says Caroline Hass from the Thomas’s Schools Foundation. “The children were so keen to keep attending the homework club, we had to start a waiting list for the following term.” ICT (Information communications technology) Homework Clubs were for primary aged school children in London who had limited access to computers and the internet. With support from an ICT coordinator, they used the club’s computers to complete their online homework. The clubs also offered game based learning to help improve confidence and ICT skills and showed pupils how to stay on the internet and social media. The ICT Homework Clubs were run by Thomas’s Schools Foundation, an independent charity that provides a combination of educational and extracurricular opportunities in Battersea, Clapham, Fulham and Kensington.
- We gave a grant of £5,590 so that 165 primary school pupils could attend Thomas’s Schools Foundation ICT Homework Clubs in London.
- More that 45% of pupils at Thomas’s Schools Foundation’s partner schools qualify for free school meals. For up to 90%, English is a second language.
Why do we need ICT homework clubs?
“We wanted to support this homework club, through our small grants programme, because children whose parents aren’t IT literate, or who don’t have computers or the internet at home, are missing out on essential skills and experience.” says Soma, Kusuma Trust’s Executive Trustee. “ICT is vital for all children’s futures – at school, university and in the workplace.”