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Year 7 – iPad Scheme – 2016

At Homewood School we have over the last twelve years provided leading edge ICT resources for students. With charitable donations from parents and funding by the school we have succeeded in introducing over 4100 mobile devices to our students. All students have an opportunity to obtain a device through the school. We are asking you to support this scheme by making a voluntary donation to the Learning Foundation.

To pledge to join the Learning (iPad) Scheme please visit:


There will be a series of Open evenings week commencing Monday 4th July to Thursday 7th July 2016 inclusive starting at 4.15pm/4.45pm and 5.15pm. To book an appointment to attend one of these sessions please call 01580 764222 Ext 273 or Ext 340 or email elearning@homewood.kent.sch.uk These sessions will run for approximately half an hour and will provide you with further information relating to the scheme. Students are welcome to attend, however the sessions are aimed at Parents and Carers. Please note: The School will be closed to students on Tuesday 5th July 2016, however the Open Evening will still be running.

If require any further information relating to the scheme please email:

elearning@homewood.kent.sch.uk or telephone 01580 76422 Ext 340 or 273.


The 21st Century child has been born into a technology-filled world and is comfortable with each new development – computers, the Internet, mobile phones, text messaging and PlayStations. To them, it’s all a perfectly normal way of communicating, learning and playing. Research confirms that while children do like to play games with computers, they also get a huge amount of benefit from them in terms of developing skills in research, communications, creative writing and revision. Plus, of course, vital computer skills for when they start work.

Annual Gift Aid Reminder – to all parents/carers donating to the Learning Foundation

Please note that if you have changed your name or home address or if you no longer pay sufficient tax on your income and/or capital gains, then please contact the Learning Foundation on 01344 636413 to notify them of these changes or if you wish to cancel your gift aid declaration.

About the Learning Scheme

Technology offers us a unique opportunity — “To extend learning support beyond the classroom”. Whilst schools are better equipped than ever before, the variation in the quality of learning that takes place at home is significant. As children only spend 15% of their lives at school, the learning that takes place at home is extremely important to their future success. At Homewood School we have, over the last 12 years provided leading edge ICT resources for students. With charitable donations from parents and funding by the school we have succeeded in introducing over 4100 mobile devices to our students. All students have the opportunity to obtain a mobile device through the school. However, we want to ensure that every student has their own computer in every lesson and at home every evening. The school has committed a large amount of funding to make this ambition become a reality. Working in partnership with parents we need to sustain the availability of this level of ICT resources to all students.

If you have any queries or questions relating to the iPad Scheme then please contact us on 01580 764222 Ext 340.

Core to our work are three principles:

  • Equity of access, so that all children receive the benefits and not just those whose parents can or will contribute.
  • Sustainability of funding, so that the equipment can be maintained and replaced in future years.
  • Home use, so that children can use the technology to extend the learning support that teachers provide in the classroom to the home and family.

General Guidance for iPad use

  • Keep your iPad in a sturdy case

We recommend the Griffin Survivor case. We are using this case with our current Year 7 students and have noticed a significant decrease in accidental damage claims compared to previous years.

  • Never leave your iPad unattended

iPads can get picked up by accident by another student unless looked after carefully. Keep the iPad with you at all times!

  • Keep food and drink away

Water damage is a common issue and typically renders the device unrecoverable. Keep any food and drink away from the iPad, and when placed in your bag ensure fluid containers are tightly sealed to prevent leaks.

  • Take regular backups

It is not always possible to recover your work from a damaged device. Ensure you don’t have to rewrite your English essay or reshoot that media project by taking regular backups of your work. You can use iCloud to automatically back up your images and documents, and you also have access to your user area, which is itself backup regularly. We recommend using iCloud for your non-school related content, and your userarea for all school work. Note that there is limited space available on your iCloud account!

If you require any further information or assistance relating to this scheme then please do not hesitate to contact the ICT Support Team on 01580 764222 Extension 508