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College hands out tablets to students

July 10, 2014

Heather Pickstock; Heather Pickstock

STUDENTS signing up for a place at Weston-super-Mare's new multi - million college will be handed free tablet computers to help with their work. The North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College (NSTEC), which opens in September, will allocate all new students a tablet.

Although it is not known exactly how many of the mini computers will be given out, initially the college can cater for around 200 students.

The tablets will remain the property of the college and students will have to return them if and when they leave.

A NSTEC spokesman said: "The NSETC will be allocating a tablet to each student to support their work especially as it will be mirror imaging the work of business.

"The tablets will remain the property of the college but the students will have unlimited use of them.

"The average costs of a tablet is less than Pounds 100."

As well as being issued with tablets, students will also be asked to wear business/industry dress rather than a uniform and attend for longer hours - similar to the normal working day.

It is understood to be the first time a school or college in the area has handed out tablets to all students for free to help with their studies.

At Clevedon School, parents were asked to sign up to a special scheme to buy iPads - at a cost of around Pounds 300 - for their children. The scheme followed a trial of Apple iPads, with 25 students and teachers being issued with the tablet computers.

Other schools offer the chance for children to borrow tablet devices to help with homework as well as having access to the hand held computers in their IT departments.

NSETC, a specialist Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) college, will initially open at Weston College's South West Skills Campus on September 2 with an intake of 200 year 12 students.

Next year it will have an intake of 150 students in year 10.

It will then transfer to its own campus near Junction 21 of the M5 and will grow incrementally until it reaches capacity in 2017 with 300 students in key stage 4 and 400 in the sixth-form.

Karen Cornick, who will lead the institute as principal designate, said: "Students will attend for longer hours to reflect that of business and personalise their own curriculum to meet their career aspirations. We are delighted with the response from parents and prospective students."

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Source: Bristol Evening Post (England)

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