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    IT Budget

    Could anyone give me a rough idea of what is an average IT budget for a Secondary School?

    I'm starting a job as eLearning Director in Sept and looks like I'll be managing the technicians and general IT strategy and budget.

    The school has approx 750 pupils and I have been quoted a figure of £25k a year for general IT spend. I'm not sure what is and isn't included in that, but it seems low to me.

    A ball park figure per pupil would be really helpful for future negotations!

    Thanks in advance

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    That does seem very low, but it depends on what is included elsewhere, its possible for example that consumables has a a seperate budget, and all computer hardware is leased, and lease costs come from another budget, in which case this money could just be for development.

    I'm entirely Primary school based, but our budgets vary from £16k for a 180 pupil Infant school, £11k for a 450 Pupil primary, through to go to the head and beg if you want anything new for another school!

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    500 pupils ~150 staff in our primary school and we got £30k this year (mine you previously we only get £21k)

    I would say that your budget is low!

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    Approx 1250 students - total budget this year including project budgets is £120k (what I mean is that this figure is not just for maintenance/sustainability. If you want a rough budgetary maintenance figure, take how many PC's you have and divide by 3. Multiply that by the cost of a PC. (that takes care of sustainability of ICT) Add to that the cost of replacing 10% of your projectors, and 50% of your projector bulbs. Add approximately 30% of the figures above added together for break/fix maintenance.

    The figures I am quoting do not include such things as printer consumables, which in our school are paid for by individual departments. I only pay for toner for the printer in my office.

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    £36K 104 pupil secondary special

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    Thanks folks. Until I find out exactly what goes out of what pot I suppose it's hard to gauge. I'll just have to bid for more if its needed.

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    Becta have an investment planner spreadsheet that can give you a fairly accurate overall view of how much is being spent. We have been asked to use it as a pre BSF exercise. Ours came out at £207 per pupil. Quite low I think compared to other schools but we have a policy of reneweing desktops every 6 years which keeps the spend down.

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    Wow - every 6 years!!! Bet you spend more in man-hours keeping them going in the last 2 years than it would cost to replace them!!!!

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    Not really, the odd motherboard or hard disk. But nothing major, we don't have like 100's going down all at once. I would say 1 every 2 months which is no big deal.

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    Also remember not all schools are in equal financial positions. There might be some issue at your school causing the purse strings to be pulled tight.

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    620 kids, about 275 computers, and we've spent about £1.25mill in the last 4 years. Including refurbishing the rooms for it, so probably about £700k of actual IT spend.

    Can't really look at it on a yearly basis, as this year I have very little - probably about £40k altogether, but 2 years ago I spent a huge amount.

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    The investment planner works this out for you.

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    There might be some issue at your school causing the purse strings to be pulled tight
    No issues at all. My personal belief is that if you buy a higher spec computer you can just about get 6 years from them before new apps will struggle on them.

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    We have approx 1000 students, was given a budget of less than 10k.

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    Rough figures

    860 pupils
    Harnessing Technology Fund 09/10 - £13.5k (£16.40 per student)
    20% Devolved Capital - £18.5k
    Department Budget - £15.5k

    Total - £47.5k + £23k for broadband + £12k left over from last year Harnessing Tech Fund.

    Hope that helps.

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