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Robots Allow Pupils To Attend School Virtually In Walsall

Thursday 7 February 2019


From UK newspaper the Express & Star:


Shepwell Short Stay School
Students at Shepwell Short Stay School

Robots allow pupils to attend school virtually in Walsall

Robots that allow pupils to virtually attend lessons will be trialled at a Walsall school.

By Jordan Reynolds
6 February 2019
© 2019 MNA.

Shepwell Short Stay School, in Willenhall, is an alternative provision school for children and young people who are unable to attend a mainstream secondary school due to their mental health, illness, autism or teenage pregnancy.

The new technology is being trialled by Shepwell Short Stay School which was part of a successful bid with nine other partners and No Isolation, a Norwegian start-up company.

The project is to support the education of children suffering from long-term physical and mental illness through the introduction of AV1 robots, which would enable the children to virtually attend school, socialise with classmates and remain connected to their home schools and communities.

Stephen Pritchard-Jones, headteacher of Shepwell School said: "It is very exciting to be part of this innovation are for young people in Walsall to be piloting an approach that could benefit other young people with medical needs across the country."

When a child is unwell, and cannot go to school, it will impact on their attendance, their friendships, mental wellbeing and future prospects.

Children who are anticipated to benefit from this approach may be affected by a variety of conditions such as leukaemia, chronic fatigue syndrome, anxiety disorders and recovering from transplants - they will now have the opportunity to participate in school even if they are unable to physically attend.


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