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HardSoft educational leasing allows your school to access the most up to date devices at a fraction of the cost of owning them

There are so many benefits of leasing devices for schools and there’s no wonder that it’s growing in popularity.

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We have over 35 years of experience offering schools pay monthly solutions for hardware and software. We can provide your schools and students with the best devices that help your students learn and your teachers teach.

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HardSoft is an educational leasing company offering your school an operating lease that is compliant with the Department of Education. We very much tick all the boxes of their stipulations for leasing. In choosing HardSoft, you enter into a partnership with an expert IT company with years of experience who are also a finance specialist.

Leasing through HardSoft is a very easy process. We are an Apple Authorised Reseller, Microsoft Business Partner, HP Preferred Partner and associates with many other companies such as Lenovo, Dell, and Samsung. With all of these brands available on lease, we are able to help you find the right technology solutions for your school. Our pricing is transparent and there are no hidden costs.

    Our solution for schools provides everything you need to get all the devices up and running for EVERY student. We take care of the deployment, pre-configuration, management, and Safeguard Protection cover on all devices. We also provide unrivalled support for all devices and for your school from our expert team.

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      What do I get with Devices for Education?


      NO. An operating lease offers better value and a cheaper repayment by up to 20% compared to purchasing directly from a supplier.

      There are now some very clear guidelines on this. While you may be offered two types of leases, HardSoft only offers a legally compliant Operating Lease. As part of this, the school rents the equipment and has no ownership rights at the end. DfE guidelines state: “An Operating Lease is the only type of lease a School should enter into. These leases involve the School paying a rental fee for the hire of an asset for a period of time, and similar to a rental agreement. No other types of lease, such as a Finance lease or Hire purchase, may be entered into by the School as this is a form of borrowing” (Buy Goods Service section of Departments website). However, some lease companies and other computer suppliers may offer you a finance lease. These are illegal for a school to commit to, the current DfE guideline states: “All LA maintained schools are expressly forbidden from entering into any form of Finance Lease without the approval of the Secretary of State for Education. This constitutes borrowing and is prohibited under section 3.9 of the Local Authority Scheme for Financing Schools .” The Department for Education’s Guidance on the use of Leases by Schools “Finance leases are borrowing, which is therefore illegal unless the Secretary of State has given written permission.” (Hertfordshire County Council)

      We offer comprehensive accidental damage cover in all leases. In these instances, we may require an explanation and picture but a machine is repaired or replaced within 48 hours.

      Typically we deal with 2 types of enquiries. As Apple iPad specialists, they tend to revolve around the following scenarios. Firstly, schools that are looking to equip a mobile classroom and the school pays the lease. So, typically, we would specify around 30 Apple iPads, complete with a charging and syncing trolley plus a MacBook to configure the iPads. A HardSoft technician will install and maintain support then a trainer comes out to offer extra training for a larger body of staff. This is then put on an operating lease with a 3-year warranty and accidental damage cover. The numbers of iPads can vary but essentially it is a school internal requirement. Secondly, and usually where iPad’s have been in a school environment for some time, we are working with schools to look at providing iPads for all students in their school on a one to one scheme. Adopting the Parental Contribution Scheme also includes accidental damage cover and warranty, as well as GAP insurance to cover against lack of payment. This scheme is cost neutral to the school and light on administration but allows us to put a brand new iPad Air in a student’s hand for only £10 a month.

      Let’s chat on 0207 111 1643

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