The learning hub is a space a teachers to find and share advice, lessons and curriculum ideas.
It is the single point of contact for information for schools in Sunderland.
We have been hard at work bringing other sites for schools into the hub so that we can make it easier for schools to get the information they need.
Like any site of this nature it's true value comes from the contributions made by its members. So if you have a resource you have used to good effect in your teaching why not add it to the lesson resources section.
Part of the hub is the new CPD booking system known as the "Training Hub" many of you have already started to use it to book onto courses and initial feedback is that you love the way it works. If any schools want to publish training courses via the hub you can do so by contacting the hub team via the contact page
If you have a great website please add it to the links section.
What else can you find on the hub?
We would like to welcome Education Safeguarding to the hub - They offer great advice on e-safety and the incident advisor for schools dealiing with e-safety issues.
Sunderland Music Education Hub working with schools, providers and stakeholders will deliver a high quality music education, a wide-ranging music enrichment programme and singing and playing opportunities for all.
Early Years & Childcare are in the process of moving in - Check out the site to see it develop
We also have a social networking feature called the Educator's Network so you can have an online space to share and collaborate with other members of the site. Here you can also set up interest groups these could be totally online or the online space for organising physical groups of you to meet like the IT Coordinators network facilitated by the Learning Technologies Innovation Team.
The Lesson resources section allows you to search our bank of lesson resources.
Naturally if you take something we would love you to leave something too.
Ask questions and share ideas for effective learning via our forum..
How do I join?
Sign up to the site here to access advanced features and don't hesitate to give us your feedback on the site.
These Procedures Replace the Current ARCH System
From the 1st April 2014 the Sunderland Partnership are introducing a new and improved service for reporting incidents of hate and anti-social behaviour.
Customers and partners can now report any incidents of hate or anti-social behaviour directly onto the website www.sunderland.gov.uk/report-asb.
Alternatively customers can telephone Sunderland Council between the hours of 8:00 am and 6:30 pm Monday to Friday on (0191) 5205550 or use any of the reporting centres listed at the end of this email.
Further details about hate and anti-social behaviour are available at
The new system should be used to report incidents if they require follow up work while any emergency incidents should be referred directly to the police as they are now.
Thank you for your help
- Sunderland Libraries
- Northumbria Police
- North East Refugee Service (NERS)
- International Community Organisation of Sunderland (ICOS)
- University of Sunderland
- Sunderland Bangladeshi Centre
- Sunderland Pride
- Wear Out
- Young Asian Voices
- Age UK
- Sunderland College
Northumbria Police have issued a schools briefing update on Operation Sanctuary
5th of March 2014 9:00-4:00
Our frineds over at Open Zone in South Tyneside are offering an IOS deployment course that would be of great benefit to techies that are responsible for deploying iPads in school.
The flyer gives all of the details of what is covered during the course and how to book.
Available to secondary schools in the North East Region until May 2014
Dance City’s Centre for Advanced Training would like to offer secondary schools in the North East of England a FREE contemporary dance workshop. We are offering these workshops to young people who are interested in dance and who are in Years 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 or 11 (10 – 16 years of age). It is not necessary for participants to have any previous dance experience.
The purpose of offering these workshops is to scout for talented young people in the North East, who may have the potential to audition and gain a place on the Advanced Training Programme in contemporary dance. The Dance City Centre for Advanced Training offers world-class, professional dance training to young people from the North East region. This training programme is financially supported by the Department for Education meaning many students do not pay tuition fees.
More information regarding the Dance City Centre for Advanced Training and our offer to schools and young people in the North East can be found here:
This is a fantastic opportunity which we would like all young people in the North East to be able to be aware of. Please help us to spread the word and offer this opportunity as widely as possible by letting us come into your school and work with your students. Our only requirements are that the students we work with are interested in dance and are aged between 10 – 16 years old. No previous dance experience is necessary.
Dance City CAT Recruitment Team
Please note, my CAT working days are Thursdays and Fridays.
Just in case you didn't know here's a quick reminder that Safer Internet Day is on the11th February.
You can access FREE resources to help raise awareness around keeping everyone safe on the internet and there will be a Live TV streaming event from 12pm – Visit here for the link www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/2014/tv
The programme will be streamed on the 11 February and they plan to have something for everyone - teachers and professionals, children and young people, as well as parents!
Don't forget that we have a huge range of e-safety resources here on the hub. Just check out the e-safety section above for links to the free recources. Jane and Mark from the Learning Technologies Innovation Team are also available to work with you to ensure that everything is in place in your school. They can run in-class workshops, assemblies anfd CEOP accredited training for staff. Contact the team here
Our friends at JISC have sent us some stuff too.
RSC Northern have a follow-up online webinar on the 25th February 'e-Safety is not just for SID'
Check out these useful links to Jisc resources on e-Safety and e-Responsibility....
e-Safety Infokit - everything you need to know about e-safety policies, procedures and more
e-Safety and the law - a toolkit for all providers in the FE and HE sectors
Sunderland was not a lucky place for Martini Maccomo! Martini was mauled in front of a Sunderland audience in 1869 by one of his lions. 'Wallace' - the lion was later bought and promptly stuffed by Sunderland Museum, where he is still on view today. On his next visit to Sunderland Martini sadly died of rheumatic fever and was buried in Bishopwearmouth Cemetery. You can learn more about Martini Maccomo from the 'Black History’ education resource designed for Upper KS2 and KS3 pupils.
The resource has been commissioned by Sunderland International Services to support ‘Black History Month’. Activities explore Sunderland’s links to slavery, our links to Washington DC and how the past can inform how we might work together to support Sunderland as a city of friendship and tolerance. Each section has a series of beautifully designed slides with Teacher Notes with an Image Bank of photographs that can be used to adapt and extend activities.
The resource has been funded by Sunderland Library Services and was developed with the support of the International Team, Sunderland Museums, the National Trust at Washington Old Hall and Tyne and Wear Museum Service.
You can access the resource here.
As of December 16th 2013 the SSCB have issued NEW Child Protection/Child in Need and Strengthening Families Referral Forms.
These can be found along with the NEW Threshold Guidance in EST Documents and Policies under SSCB Referral Forms and Information.
All schools will also be emailed a copy of these forms.