Put simply – your donation to the programme is vital to its success. Unless the majority of parents contribute, the school will not be able to run the scheme and everyone will miss out. It is therefore very important that you do what you can to make and maintain the donation level that you agreed. However we and your school understand that financial circumstances can change very quickly and make it hard to continue to contribute some, or all, of the suggested donation. If this happens it is best, initially, to talk to the school who will look at what might be possible. What we can say is that one reason that we are working with your school is that we and they are committed to the principle that no child will be excluded because of their family’s financial circumstances and your school will do everything they can to help.
It is important that you realise you are not buying or leasing the equipment. You are making a charitable donation to the Learning Foundation to fund the school’s programme. This almost always includes the cost of the device, a protective case, maintenance, insurance and sometimes some software as well.
At the end of the programme (usually after 2 or 3 years) the school will decide whether to make the devices available to the parents and families to keep. If they do then a small charge may be required to comply with the Gift Aid rules.
Because your donation is voluntary, the school is accountable to you to deliver on the programme and on their promises and, if they don’t, as a parent and a donor you have your say too and can challenge the school as well as having the ultimate power to withdraw your donation although this should only be a very last step.