HP has launched PC4PE - a new scheme that will see PC purchasers given points that can redeemed by schools in return for sports equipment.

Consumers will earn one point for every pound spent on qualifying machines which include HP desktops, laptops, workstations, iPAQs, thin clients, PC blades and HP accessories.

They can then allocate their points to a chosen school by visiting HP's dedicated PC4PE website, filling out the online form and print off the verification, which should be sent to HP with proof of purchase of the machine. The points will then be allocated to their chosen school.

"Forecasts suggest that Schools will spend more than £1 billion on IT equipment during 2009-2010," explains Steve Gales, business development manager, HP Personal Systems Group.

"For those schools that invest in HP solutions, we wanted to give something back that both the schools and children could benefit from. We have also extended the programme to cover all HP retail laptops and desktops, meaning that parents buying HP PCs during the promotional period can also redeem points and gift them to a school of their choice."

HP is also offering schools a trade-in scheme on their old computer equipment, if they replace it with new HP devices. Once a school has purchased HP equipment, they can find out the value of their existing devices, no matter what brand, by using HP's online Part-Exchange Valuator.

Then schools should print the valuation and send it to HP with the old equipment and the proof of purchase for the new devices. In return, HP will issue a cheque for the value of the old equipment, made payable to the school.

Both schemes run from now until September this year.