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Pupils: Internet

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his most recent assessment of the level of access to broadband at home is for (a) all secondary school pupils and (b) secondary school pupils from lower income households. (250577)

The most recent research1 published by my Department found that 90 per cent. of parents of school-aged children in England reported that they had computer and internet access at home. Among parents of secondary age children the figure was 91 per cent. for parents of children in Key Stage 3, and 93 per cent. for children in Key Stage 4.

The research showed a variation in connectivity by social class. Among parents in social class E, 69 per cent. had a computer with internet access. The research did not distinguish broadband and dial-up connectivity. However Government statistics2 show that most UK households with internet connectivity have a broadband connection: 65 per cent. of households had any internet access and 56 per cent. had broadband access.

1 Peters et al, Parental Involvement in Children's Education, London, DCSF, 2007

2 National Statistics Omnibus Survey 2008