To support high quality remote education during this period, the government expects to deliver over 50,000 laptops and tablets to schools across the country on Monday 4 January, and over 100,000 in total during the first week of term. Over 1 million devices will be provided in total.
It'll be interesting to see how these get deployed and on what timescale. The organisation I work for has around 4,000 16-18yr olds, and during the first lockdown our deployment of devices was an utter nightmare. We don't have the resources (both human and hardware) internally to bulk configure devices to our build spec, and none of our systems can be used until this is done. Also, it's the same IT department who are supposed support all the devices in the wild with their skeleton staff.