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Claim for IT essentials

I was struck by the problem of encouraging teachers to use information technology (TES, Computers Update, October 18). One simple, comparatively cheap move the Government could make is to instruct tax inspectors to allow teachers to claim for the purchase of computers. I was told a computer was not essential and, therefore, not allowable. If this decision were overturned and widely publicised, many more teachers might invest in home computers. Or does the Department for Education and Employment think we have enough time at school to do all our work?

Phil Harvey Deputy head St Bernard's High School Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex

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