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Digital access (COVID-19)

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Updated 22 June 2021

Government access guidance

Get laptops and tablets for children who cannot attend school due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Digital exclusion

The Department for Education position is that any child who does not have access to a device to engage with their school is now being classed as vulnerable and is allowed to go to school.

Currently, 9 of the city's 11 libraries are open for a select and collect service and have PCs available for essential use.

Estover and North Prospect libraries are both closed due to being co-located within other buildings. 

Vodafone has offered 350,000 3G sim cards to be distributed through schools and colleges via requests to DFE.

Schools can order 4G wireless routers for a loan to families in need. 

Young Devon is offering remote or telephone counselling sessions to replace face-to-face sessions. 

The BBC are televising lessons on weekdays, BBC1 for primary school pupils and BBC2 for secondary school pupils.

Google Classroom and Microsoft Teams can be accessed via PlayStation and Xbox games consoles.

There are free activity packs which can be accessed online, printed, and distributed, for example, the RNLI.

Accessing Google Classroom through Xbox and PlayStation

Google Classroom can be accessed from both Xbox and PlayStation - the following 6 controllers are compatible with the Google classroom platform; Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X, Sony's PlayStation 4, PS4 Pro or PS5. 

The home schooled child will also require a USB keyboard.


  • The Xbox consoles have access to Microsoft Edge - the developer pre-installed web browser.
  • Microsoft Edge can be used to access Google Classroom in addition to other online educational services.
  • Begin by plugging a wired keyboard into an Xbox One, Xbox Series or Xbox Series S via one of its many USB ports
  • Next press the Xbox button top-centre on the controller and navigate to the side menu's My Games & Apps
  • Tap see all and scroll down to Apps, which should present Microsoft Edge in the icons on the right-hand side
  • Open, enter into the URL bar, and log in as you would on a regular desktop or laptop computer via an educational Gmail account.
  • Pupils can either use an Xbox controller to move the cursor or a separate USB mouse plugged into one of the other ports


  • The PlayStation 4 has its own web browser that is easy to find
  • But the newer PlayStation 5 is a little trickier - users should open System settings in the user guide
  • This will open an online user manual inside a PS5 web browser page, meaning users need only to change the URL
  • Start by plugging a wired keyboard and mouse into one of the many USB ports on the PS4 or PS5
  • Next enter into browser's URL bar and log onto Google classroom using the details provided by the student's school.

Please note, some students in some circumstances may be unable to do everything achievable on a PC or a laptop, but as a minimum, they will be able to access Google Classroom and discover the worked assigned to them.

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