Exactly - I was under the impression that after they left they'd keep them. What good they'd be 4/5 years down the line I have no idea. As said, I think class sets are a better idea to supplement L&D. Issues like bullying, theft etc are easily taken care of then because they are not perceived as personal devices, school is more likely to keep a close eye on them, easier to manage. Frankly, as someone in the same boat as yourself I'd rather concentrate on making sure my kids, in their ever-growing state were kept in shoes and reasonable clothes first. That's expensive enough!