Cabinet member rebuts claims about lack of laptops for school children

teenage girls on laptops at kitchen table

Concerns were raised about the number of laptops given to Island children, but the Cabinet member says it's almost four times the figure quoted in the meeting

Monday, 11th January, 2021 5:28pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 4 readers' comments

Cancelling SATs will allow time to address educational recovery, say Union

primary children writing in notebooks

Union says, "Hopefully the Secretary of State will realise by next year, that a curriculum driven by tests, especially for younger pupils, was never the way to improve things"

Thursday, 7th January, 2021 7:35am

By Peter Shreeve with one comment

Parents of young children need not be alone this lockdown thanks to Tots Together free online group

Baby watching a live facebook video on a laptop whilst holding a unicorn teddy

Created and run by Islander Becky Lutas, this hugely successful free online baby and toddler group, will be there for you this lockdown. Read on for more info and links

Tuesday, 5th January, 2021 8:31am

By Sally Perry

Letter: Can ‘due course’ be today Prime Minister?

school desk with papers and pens

This letter writer says of the Prime Minister, "Dithering is making the situation worse for schools, pupils, staff and the communities, in which they live"

Monday, 4th January, 2021 1:11pm

By Peter Shreeve with 10 readers' comments

New Year Day babies arrive at Isle of Wight hospital

Photo of baby shoes with the laces fashioned into to illustrate New Years Day Babies

The team at St Mary’s Hospital say they are proud to have supported the arrival of these three babies and wish them and their families all the very best for the future

Monday, 4th January, 2021 8:17am

By Isle of Wight NHS Trust

Government failed ‘to support basic effective safety measures’ in schools says Chair of IW Green Party

Looking at school playground through fencing

The Chair of the Isle of Wight Green Party, who is also a teacher herself, says there's no social distancing in schools, no masks, no reduced class sizes, no testing and no vaccines for the vulnerable

Saturday, 2nd January, 2021 3:22pm

By Vix Lowthion with 5 readers' comments

Isle of Wight LibDems call for ‘circuit break’ and closure of primary schools from Monday

watercolour painting of Covid 19

The Chair of the Isle of Wight Liberal Democrats calls on Islanders to contact the council and MP asking for a halt to primary school pupils being sent back to school on Monday

Saturday, 2nd January, 2021 3:03pm

By Nick Stuart with 9 readers' comments

‘Astonishment, disbelief and growing anxiety’ from Isle of Wight school staff and teachers as primary pupils return to school next week (Update 2)

sticker on wall showing man with hand out signalling stop by Markus Spiske

Isle of Wight support staff and teachers have expressed their "astonishment, disbelief and growing anxiety" over plans for primary pupils to return to school next week. More than 50 people have signed a letter to the IW council urging them to reconsider the plans

Thursday, 31st December, 2020 11:48am

By Sally Perry with 13 readers' comments

ICRTouch makes generous donations to Isle of Wight-based charities

From left to right James Johnson (ICRTouch), Chris Lawrence (ICR Systems), Mark Randerson (UKSA) and Simon Hamilton (USKA).

ICRTouch and ICR Systems make generous donations to two charities on the Isle of Wight this Christmas

Wednesday, 23rd December, 2020 5:34pm

By Tara Adsett

Christmas writing competition winners announced at virtual event

Howard Thomas

£875 was raised for Isle of Wight charity, Sight for Wight, during the Short Story Writing Competition this year. Details within

Tuesday, 22nd December, 2020 4:49pm

By Chris Cane

Baking challenge for children in care supported by independent Isle of Wight businesses

Jars of ingredients to make gingerbread

Grace's Bakery and Iced Inspirations of Ryde both stepped up to help provide gingerbread activity packs for Isle of Wight children in care

Tuesday, 22nd December, 2020 10:20am

By IW Council Press Office

Some HTP staff switch to remote working as staff member tests positive for Coronavirus

someone with laptop on zoom call

The Riverbank campus has not been affected by the positive case at the Old Grammar School campus and remains open until 23rd December

Monday, 21st December, 2020 2:32pm

By Rachael Randall