Schools of today are expected to be equipped with the latest computing technology, ranging anywhere from computers to printers and interactive whiteboards. The iPad is the must thing in education today. Not only does technology offer students of all ages a diverse and enjoyable learning experience, knowing how to utilise it is fast becoming a vital skill in a world where arguably everything is “done by computer”.
Largely stemming from the budget cuts of more recent governments, there is no longer the cash in existence to pay directly for vast quantities of new and expensive equipment. Evidence of this can be seen in 2010, which saw the coalition abolish the Specialist Schools Programme. Brought in by the Labour government, this gave schools an extra £130 per pupil as a means of encouraging subject specialisation. As a result of such measures, schools have been looking at alternative methods of funding and leasing has become a popular route though one that needs careful clarification as there are many Do’s and Don’ts.