Beware the hidden add-ons

One of the great problems with low price laptops is that behind the headline price there can be some very annoying add-on prices.

For example, you’ll almost certainly want a three year warranty. But that can be expensive – especially when buying a whole set of machines. The recommended retail price is often over £70, while even the discounted price from some sources can be over £40 per machine.

Which is why we have focused on not only the lowest possible prices for the HP laptops that we sell but also the lowest price for all the add-ons. That means £12 for a three year warranty. That not only keeps your price down, but also reflects on just how good and reliable we think these machines are.

Or take the offer on HP/Symantec Norton Internet Security. A 3 Year License is £18 per user. Again a discount on the normal price of £90.

At the moment our best offer is for the HP 630 Intel Core I3 2gb or 6gb 320gb HD (see below for the full name of the machine).

It normally costs £499 but is currently on offer for £318. And in fact if you buy 10 or more that price comes down to £312 per machine.

The full description of the machine is the HP 630 A6G34ES Intel Core I3-370M 2GB 320GB DVDRW 15.6TFT HDMI BT CAM Win 7HP with option for extra 4gb RAM at only £18.

In order to receive this special discount for schools for any of the above products, all you need to do is call us on 08444 820 111 or email us at and quote “eshot offer 28”.

There are more details at

If you have any questions please call 08444 820 111.

What is the best way to ensure students get top marks in French speaking and listening exams?

Experience suggests that success in French speaking and listening exams comes in three ways. Obviously a well-grounded knowledge of the language is needed. But also the student needs confidence and the ability to use the knowledge of the language that he/she possesses.

Unlike most books that deal with speaking and listening, the copiable volume “How to get top marks for my French speaking and listening exams” deals with all three issues: knowledge, confidence and the application of knowledge in relation to Foundation and Higher Tiers GCSE and Core and Extended IGCSE French.

As the book stresses to students on the first page, “Success is deliberate.” In these exams, the author says, intonation, exam skills, and vocabulary are the key. Along with a real motivation to get better at speaking French.

And because motivation is considered so important, the book starts with exercises in motivational techniques. It may seem unusual that in the opening few phrases there is no French, but the fact is that without motivation and a sincere desire to pass the exam the student will not improve.

When the focus does move to the language, there is a constant focus on the nature of the task in hand. Listening is made a central part of the task in hand, and from here the work in French begins to flow.

In all there are 100 copiable pages, provided either as a copiable text or on CD Rom so that they can be loaded onto the school’s learning platform for all students to access.

The sheer variety and down to earth honesty of the book will enthuse the students, and they will particularly appreciate the section on “bluffing and improvising” which shows them how to deal with unknown words and phrases.

Indeed it is sections such as that, that enthuse the students to work in much greater depth and with much greater focus when they work through the dialogues.

This is a truly remarkable book.

How to get top marks for my French speaking and listening exams is available as a book or CD and comes with a full photocopy license for use of the book within your school so yiou can share it with colleagues. You can see a sample pages at

Publisher’s reference: T1780EMN ISBN: 978 1 86083 815 6


Photocopiable book: £24.95 plus £3.95 delivery
CD with school-wide rights: £24.95 plus £3.95 delivery
Both the Book and the CD £31.94 plus £3.95 delivery
Prices include VAT.
You can purchase the report… please quote the order ref: T1780EMN

By post to First and Best, Hamilton House, Earlstrees Ct., Earlstrees Way, Corby, NN17 4HH
By phone to 01536 399011

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