William Eichler 23 December 2019

Council invests in 50 robots to aid distance learning

Council invests in 50 robots to aid distance learning image

Children in Somerset who miss school due to illness will soon be able to continue their lessons thanks to the use of robots.

Somerset County Council has invested in 50 AV1 robots to support children who can’t be in school because they are sick or overcoming physical or mental health challenges.

The robots take the place of the child in the classroom, letting them see, hear and contribute to lessons while they are out of school at home or in a hospital bed.

The child watches a livestream of their lessons on a tablet or phone and are able to ask questions, hear answers and move the robot’s head to look around the room.

The robots are carried from lesson to lesson by a ‘buddy’ classmate.

The 50 robots come at a cost of £145,000 and schools pay a rental fee that covers running costs with any profit being reinvested in more of the robots.

‘It’s great to be at the cutting edge and this investment certainly puts us there,’ said Cllr Faye Purbrick, cabinet member for schools and transformation.

‘No other local authority has committed to this technology in the way we have, and that reflects our desire to embrace technology where the evidence shows it can improve lives.

‘The response we have had already shows that across education there is an understanding that technology like this can be an important part of the support for children in our schools.’

For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Senior Assistant to the Leader

Royal Borough of Greenwich
£33324 - £35751 per annum + n/a
Communities, Environment and CentralCorporate Governance & Democratic ServicesSenior Assistant to the Leader, Leader's Office PO1 (£33,324- £35,751) T England, London, Woolwich
Recuriter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Early Support Consultant

Kirklees Metropolitan Council
£31,346 - £33,782
We are looking to hire candidates with experience of Whole Family Working and the Supporting Families program to join us as... Kirklees, West Yorkshire
Recuriter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Governance Officer

Kirklees Metropolitan Council
£23,080 - £24,491
As a Governance Officer, you will work as part of the Homes and Neighbourhoods team that... Kirklees, West Yorkshire
Recuriter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Head of Finance and Customer Services (S151)

North West Leicestershire District Council
Salary to £67k (plus £3k car allowance)
As a large and successful district council, North West Leicestershire has every reason to be confident about the future. Coalville, Leicestershire
Recuriter: North West Leicestershire District Council

Community Co-Ordination Manager

Kirklees Metropolitan Council
£37,890 - £39,880
Do you want to be a part of a high performing team, developing creative projects that benefit the community? Kirklees, West Yorkshire
Recuriter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue