One-to-One Laptops at Furness Academy

At Furness Academy, students have access to their own one-to-one device, to support learning.  We use a Windows 10 device, which allows our students to create and consume content. 

The production of work can be completed by typing on the keyboard, utilising the touchscreen or converting the device into tablet mode.  This allows students to choose the input method that bests suits them or the task being completed. 

We would like all students to have access to their own one-to-one device to support learning within school and at home, providing access to learning whenever and, more importantly, wherever they want; breaking down the walls of the classroom. 

These devices are used to enhance the great teaching that takes place in school and with the use of live video conferencing extend that face to face teaching and interaction beyond the confines of the school buildings. 

When you sign-up to the Furness Academy one-to-one scheme, you will receive the following package:

  • Lenovo 300e Winbook designed for the classroom.
  • 3 Year Warranty
  • 3 Year Accidental Damage and Theft protection (ADT)
  • Windows 10 Pro and all required school applications, updated when required
  • Internet Filtering which applies outside of Furness Academy and is at the same level as in school filtering
  • Replacement device whilst yours is away for repair

The Package is offered at a cost of £11.99 per month for 36 months. There are no credit checks as this is available to every family.

For parents of children who are currently in receipt of Free School Meals, or have been in the last 6 years, there is a further discount that will be applied. This subsidy is being provided by the school and our sponsor. Families eligible for this further discount will receive a supplementary letter indicating the new pricing and portal login in details needed to secure the discount. 

How to place an order:

You can sign up to the scheme via the Freedom Tech online portal. Sign up details will be issued to you by the school.

Portal website address: https://www.tech4learners.co.uk/

Frequently Asked Questions

Workings of the Scheme

We want to help provide a device which can be used effectively at school but also is a

great computer for pupils to use at home, not only for school work! By the school

brokering a large purchase of the device and associated package, we can offer the

device to parents with a substantial saving. We estimate this to be around £200. The school is contributing to the management and software provision of the devices, but does not have the resources to pay for all pupils to have their own a device. We are acutely aware of the financial

contribution we are requesting and believe that providing a payment plan provides an affordable solution for parents who would find such a purchase difficult.

When you have completed your payments the device is yours to keep.

We would expect you to complete the scheme once signed-up, but please don’t hesitate to contact school if your circumstances change.

The school owns the device until the scheme has been completed and all payments have been made.

There would be no refund of received donations, however if the outstanding balance is cleared by the parent they will own the device.

Once you have committed to the scheme you would be expected to complete the payment for the full duration, as per any other agreement of this type.

The school will provide a suitable device for use during school time only.

Insurance & Warranty

In the first instance, please contact the IT support team via: it@student.furnessacademy.co.uk

In the first instance, please contact the IT support team who will then advise how to proceed and issue a loan device as required.

The device is fully insured against accidental damage and theft for a period of 3 years. Any accidental damage (including liquid) or device faults are fully covered.

Theft of the device is covered for a period of 3 years.  Loss, however, is not covered under the scheme insurance (your home insurance may cover this). If the device is lost, you would be liable to continue to contribute for the entirety of the scheme. School would provide a loan-device but this would remain the property of the school. We would strongly recommend you ensure that the device is part of your home contents insurance, with respect to being covered outside of the home.

This will be completed by the ICT support team, on your behalf.

It takes approximately 10-15 working days for a fix or replacement to be arranged/completed. School will issue a loan device whilst your device is away for repair.

Theft of the device is covered for a period of 3 years.

In School

The vast majority of our pupils carry mobile phones at a similar or greater value than the device. Whilst the device is a desirable object, it is highly likely, loss or theft would only occur where the device is left unattended.

A ‘device lesson’ will look very similar to a lesson without a device and expectations of pupils will be exactly as they are now. The main difference will be that the device will be used to enhance the learning which takes place. There is no expectation for staff to deliver lessons fully based on the device. However, over time the device will be used more and more by teachers and staff, as the tools are embraced by both parties on a more regular basis.

The device should be stored in the pupil’s bag, inside the case provided, as with other equipment.

Technical

It is the aim of this scheme for most files to be stored on the Microsoft Cloud using OneDrive.

No charging facilities are provided in school.  Pupils will be expected to have a fully charged device at the start of each school day.  A fully charged device is a required part of the pupil’s equipment.  If a pupil comes to school without their device or one which is not adequately charged then they will receive sanctions in line with the school’s Behaviour Policy.

We would expect devices to be charged for the start of each school day, so responsibility will be put on pupils to ensure they come to school with a fully charged device.

To fully utilise their device, pupils would need access to the internet to connect to our network,  however the device will store recent work ‘offline’ and then re-sync when back in school or on the internet.

The apps are licensed to Furness Academy or the device, once a device leaves the school network licenses revert to the school.

All work will be stored securely on the Microsoft Cloud and is saved as you work on the device. This work is then available to any device connected to the internet (with your username and password) and can easily be shared with teachers and other pupils.