HUNDREDS more laptops and tablets have been made available for disadvantaged children across Dorset over the past three weeks, figures show.

School leaders' union the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) say younger primary school children are still missing out on the £400m scheme.

Department for Education data shows 1,732 laptops and tablets had been sent by the Government to Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council or its maintained schools as of February 7.

That was 207 more than the 1,525 reported on January 17, an increase of 14 per cent.

In the Dorset Council area a total of 2,702 laptops have been handed out - 512 more and an increase of 23 per cent.