Parental donations – or parental contributions – is a way of supplementing the IT spend at a school to allow children to have their own iPad, Chromebook, laptop, tablet or other mobile learning device. There are many articles written – both positive and negative – on this subject. Click on this link for more information on this.
Some schools simply do not wish to go down this route and other feel that parental involvement will be low. However, so many education establishments in the UK are asking for parental financial help, parental donations are becoming the norm.
A parent donation scheme is easy to set up. edde can provide advice and guidance and then manage the scheme for you, ensuring that you do not have any additional administration burden.
When the idea is correctly explained to parents, we normally see a successful take up rate from parents wishing to get involved. Depending on the device and location of your school, up to 50% of parents will just buy the device outright. The other parents will sign up to a monthly contribution, normally over two or three years.