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    I've never had this before! - Given money and told spend it :)

    I have been given a grant to spend on 'Student Resources' IT wise. Its around £4000.

    Now i will need to buy some laptops to replace some ageing ones used for SEN and exams. But any other interesting ideas before i get told to spend it all on iPads

    It has to be things the students would use though so i can't really buy a new server or something like that.

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    Raspberry Pi Lab?

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    3D printer?

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    you obviously need the ultimate gaming machine with max RAM and gfx for your office...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tj2419 View Post
    I have been given a grant to spend
    Pull the other one.

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    I could get you a bunch of lovely Lenovo T410 i5 refurb laptops for that

    tough as old boots too so pefect for SEN!

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    How much are said Lenovo refurbs? (assuming you have enough to go around)

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    I should say, though we didn't purchase from @ICTDirect_Dave I can confirm these laptops are every bit as durable and great as he says

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tesla View Post
    How much are said Lenovo refurbs? (assuming you have enough to go around)
    I've got loads!

    I'll PM you

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    Quote Originally Posted by ICTDirect_Dave View Post
    I've got loads!

    I'll PM you
    Could you pm me the details as we'll please? Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by tj2419 View Post
    Could you pm me the details as we'll please? Cheers
    And me please

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    Sorry but - what a stupid way to run a school budget. Is the whole management/governance structure completely devoid of strategy or direction?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tj2419 View Post
    Its around £4000.
    Take the money and run.

    Quote Originally Posted by catch21 View Post
    Is the whole management/governance structure completely devoid of strategy or direction?
    You must be new to education.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catch21 View Post
    Sorry but - what a stupid way to run a school budget. Is the whole management/governance structure completely devoid of strategy or direction?
    Apology accepted. It is a grant we have Been awarded rather than out of our schools central budget which is allocated according to our aims. We do have a strategy which is very well established. Hence the reason for investing part of it into renewing laptops available to our SEN department.

    The point of the question was for advice and sharing from colleagues who work in ICT to ensure we consider the best most effective way to spend the grant. I believe it would be very poor of me to just say off hand we'll spend it all on laptops without adequate research.

    Thank you for all the helpful advice from others.

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    New to education! Good luck with spending your windfall.



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