Oasis Academies plans to deliver 7th generation iPads to every student in its network of 52 schools in England, as well as teachers and support staff.
The Oasis Academies of England, a collective of 52 schools, will provide a new 10.2-inch iPad (32 GB, Wi-Fi only), to each of its 30,000 students and staff in a program called Oasis Horizons. Most will receive their iPads between January and June 2021, but schools in Birmingham and Grimsby are due to receive them from this month.
An academy is the British term for a school that has chosen not to work with its own local authorities and instead deals directly with the national government. The stated objective is for these schools to function more like businesses, which has resulted in a large number of university schools merging into networks.
Oasis Academies now includes 14 schools around London, plus 8 near Birmingham in the Midlands and 18 in the north of England. The company buys the iPads through Sync, a UK Apple retailer, and says it is “primarily funded by using the money we invest each year in computer equipment at our academies.”
âWhat connects Oasis is a passion for healthy and inspiring communities where everyone is included, contributing and reaching their God-given potential,â said John Murphy, CEO. “Oasis Horizons [also] enable our staff to teach in new and exciting ways and work more efficiently, reducing the time required to complete important activities like grading and freeing up that time to support their students. “
The program is not a response to an increase in home study. Currently, schools in England are open and students will need to bring their iPads every day. “A persistent failure to do so means your child has not prepared for learning” Oasis notes, “and may result in a penalty.”
This step by selected schools in England follows similar steps in the United States. More recently, Apple pointed out how the same 10.2-inch iPad was used to teach gardening in Dallas.