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School hands out free iPods to 1,000 pupils

£250,000 tech tie-in with Apple's iTunes U service

More than 1,000 pupils at a Bolton school are to be given an iPod as part of a wider technological drive costing £250,000.

Apple offers iTunes U, part of the iTunes Store, which features free lectures, language lessons, audiobooks and more.

Headteacher Showk Badat said the addition of iPods would help "secure outstanding GCSE results", and the school recently celebrated its best GCSE results ever.

"They will do this by accessing the best possible learning resources the world has on offer at their fingertips when they need it," Mr Badat said.

"We understand the possible risks involved in taking such a bold step and, as precautionary measure, secure firewalls are in place to prevent access to inappropriate materials."

"We believe that parents need to play their part in making sure our children stay safe and they must be present with their child to receive the iPod touch during the launch.

"The iPod touch will bring equality. Every child no matter what their background will have access to life changing resources. We believe that all can have success. To do this we need to provide everybody with the best resources possible and through this, standards will rise."


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