The Department for Education provides advice for schools buying ICT. Given my experience of ICT purchased for use in school I wouldn’t hold out too much hope .
In the interest of providing solutions rather than complaining about problems , here’s my three steps to success for how to spend money on computing technology in schools:
- It’s not the hardware you have, it’s the software that runs on it.
- It’s not the software you have, but how skilful you are in using it.
So, it follows that:
- Get skilful (or get someone skilful) at what you want to do
- Get the software you need to support (1)
- Get the hardware you need to run (2)
Bonus Thought: notice that “I need an iPad” is starting at the wrong end of that sequence.
 Indeed, the website referenced (last updated in July 2013) still includes a link to another government site that was retired in 2011. Oh dear.
 Yes, I know I could charge don’t-know-better schools and academies wads for this advice. I know people that do.