Becta – Home Access

Design for Society
The Team

HOME ACCESS

This is a demonstration of how the design of an application pack aimed at the hardest to reach sections of society was critical in helping these parents improve their children's learning in the home.

Most of us take the internet for granted. Over 58% of UK homes now use high-speed broadband, some use other methods such as mobile access – but that still leaves an estimated 26% being left behind. A critical social benefit of the internet is boosting learning. Almost 75% of 7 to 11 year olds say they understand ideas better as a result of using technology, and evidence proves that home internet access achieves higher GCSE results and post-16 learning.

In 2007 there were one million families without access to a computer and the internet at home. While this figure has decreased, there are still a substantial number, many from more deprived socio-economic backgrounds, without internet at home. Providing access creates a huge opportunity to reduce the chasm of inequality that exists. Our brief was to support Becta to enable these low-income families with children aged 5 to 16 to get online. We did this by designing an application pack and form to enable people to apply for a free computer and a year's internet connectivity under the government's new Home Access programme.