Upcoming Volume Purchase Program for iOS apps and books.
The Apple Volume Purchase Program which allows educational institutions to purchase iOS apps and books in volume and distribute them to students and teachers, alike is finally coming to Australia very very soon! This will alow schools greater choice between a student owned 1:1 program and a school managed program. For more information visit Apple's Education page.
To assist in the process a variety of deployment options are available to you. Please see the iOS 5 Education Deployment Guide.