Intel has said it plans to launch a new laptop aimed at children, it hopes will give it a foothold on the UK education sector.

The US chipmaker has signed a memorandum of understanding with the UK secondary education body, the Specialist Schools and Academics Trust, to train 265,000 teachers online to use the rugged notebook by 2011.

Costing around £500, the laptops will be designed to withstand the rigours of child’s play, in supporting the ICT delivery of education of pupils from the age of seven to 18.

The nine million schoolchildren and nearly half-a-million schoolteachers in the UK constitute a lucrative market for the Intel brand, which this move seeks to dominate with the laptop’s launch sometime in the next year.