Remote learning: cost-effective ways to source IT equipment

Get a list of organisations that can help you access devices for your school, either for free or at a reduced cost.

Last reviewed on 9 January 2023
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  1. Find out if you can access any free laptops and IT equipment
  2. Buy laptops at a reduced cost 
  3. Give staff the option to use salary sacrifice 

Find out if you can access any free laptops and IT equipment

Business2Schools receives donated laptops from businesses and donates them to schools. 

Register your school using this form to find out if they have devices available in your area. 

Donate a PC allows individuals to list their surplus IT equipment that you can then request. You'll need to:

  1. See if there's any available donations in your area
  2. Contact the donor to make a request and arrange a collection 

Buy laptops at a reduced cost 

The National Grid for Learning (LGfL) offers new laptops and chromebooks at a reduced cost.

ICT Direct refurbishes hardware that previously belonged to large companies and government departments, and sells it directly to schools at a reduced price. You can browse computers, monitors, laptops, tablets, servers, printers and laptop trolleys on their website. 

Computers for Charities also provides a similar service.  

TechScheme allows employees to purchase laptops and