After the demise of the laptop for teacher scheme 2 or 3 years ago, we have not bought any replacement laptops for any of our staff out of the school budget.
Having spent nearly £400,000 on ICT this last year it was not a priority to buy staff laptops.
For the next financial year I am now contemplating on purchasing some new laptops for our staff. All classrooms have access to a PC and we have a staff study area with 15 PC's for them to use before school, after school dinnertimes and during their PPA time.
With the launch of a VLE will the demand for teachers to create resources at home increase through the use of a school laptop?
I am interested to hear what has happened in other schools:
Do you have a rolling programme in place for your staff laptops especially since the end of the LfT scheme? How often do you replace teacher laptops?
Do you lease laptops for your staff?
Does the purchase / contributions of laptops come from department capitations?
Do the likes of Subject Leaders, Heads of Year, Senior Management get priority on the best laptops / always get the newest laptops?
We find its the NQT's that will more often use the laptops more for teaching and learning - do other schools buy brand new laptops for new staff when they join the school start life as an NQT?
Do teachers on long term supply get the chance to loan a school laptop? Or if the person goes off on maternity do you ask for their laptop back until they return?
Sorry for all the questions but I’d be interested to hear your views.