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Liberal Democrats on Kent County Council

Question by Brian Clark to Roger Gough, Cabinet Member for Education and Health Reform

September 26, 2014 8:35 AM

A number of schools across the county are introducing schemes to provide students with tablet PCs. While some schools have a policy not to charge for such devices, some clearly are charging parents, in fact the fees can be significantly higher than devices generally available.

Can the Cabinet Member confirm how many schools have such a tablet PC scheme and how many chose not to charge for such provision and would he agree that a school charging for devices used for educational purposes is the thin end of the wedge of paid-for education provision?


I am unable to confirm how many schools charge for tablet PCs as this is a decision taken locally by each Headteacher or Governing Body. We are aware that some schools run a parent laptop leasing scheme where students are provided with a specific model for a fixed monthly fee which includes licensing and support. Others loan tablets to year cohorts. Schools would need to be surveyed in order to gain that information.