More than 1,500 laptops and tablets will be given to vulnerable and disadvantaged children in Gloucestershire.

The technology, supplied by the Department for Education, is designed to support remote learning over the summer holidays.

Laptops and tablets will be distributed to 1,558 children and young people identified by schools and Gloucestershire County Council.

This includes those in care or who are care leavers, as well as Year 10 pupils who wouldn’t ordinarily be able to access the technology they require.

Some children and families who do not have internet at home will also receive a 4G hotspot device to help get them online.

Cllr Mark Hawthorne, leader of Gloucestershire County Council, said: “Our priority is to make sure that all children in the county have the same opportunity to get the education they deserve.

"Schools have stayed open throughout the pandemic to support vulnerable children and have worked hard so those staying at home are able to learn, but the Department for Education’s allocation of laptops and tablets to children and their families who need them most, will further help them to thrive and succeed.”

Firefighters from Gloucestershire’s Fire and Rescue Service will be distributing the devices this week.