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  • E-safety


    Staff and pupils in Sunderland have been taking part in e-safety workshops. “Who are you in the online world?”  Our new approach towards e-safety  is to help children and young people to understand that it is their behaviour that shapes their online experience. The students and staff ...
  • iPad user group

    iPad user group

    The Learning technology Innovation Team held their first iPad User group meeting at Monkwearmouth school. Thanks to everyone who attended. We had a good session looking at apps on the iPad that can be used for presentation as well as sharing the apps that we find useful to use for teaching ...
  • Free History Course

    Free History Course

    Enriching the curriculum Dli museum, Durham City 20 May 1230 – 1500 Classroom teachers and leaders of history and humanities at KS2 and KS3 are invited to a FREE half day event at the dli museum to explore ways in which collaborative school projects, the museum service and local archives ca ...
  • What We Did For SID

    What We Did For SID

    The 10th of February was Safer Internet Day. Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration saw over 800 organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. A number of schools in the city ...
  • Free Event Reminder

      Fair Trade,Global Citizenship and the International Dimension Monday 14th July 2014,1pm- 4pmStadium of Light,Sunderland Featurlng pretentations from: Comenius Regio: Action for Fairtrade in Schools Project Fairtrade Foundation Regional Network for International Learning Shared Intere ...
  • Learning Technologies Innovation Team

    Learning Technologies Innovation Team

    The Learning Technologies Innovation Team was set up after the closure of the City Learning Centres to provide continuing support for schools to make effective use of ICT for teaching and learning. Mark Lloyd & Jane Adamson continue to work closely with schools in the city and around the country ...

Welcome to the Sunderland Learning Hub


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 and we welcome visitors from elsewhere too.
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?

Support For Newly Qualified Teachers

New to teaching? Here you will find support if Sunderland is your Appropriate Body.


The Music Hub

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

Early Years & Childcare are in the process of moving in - Check out the site to see it develop


The Educator's Network

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.

Teaching Resources

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.  

The Learning Technologies Innovation Team

Our very own Learning Technologies Innovation Team are on hand to give you advice and support to make the best use of learning technologies in your school.

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.



Snowdogs and Snowpuppies



Great North Snowdogs is a large-scale, mass-appeal public art event designed to communicate the best of our region’s art, heritage and culture to the widest possible audience. In winter 2016, over 50 large (183cm x 154cm) Snowdog sculptures will be decorated by artists and community groups to create a trail across Tyne and Wear for 10 weeks.

Integral to the main event will be an education programme, open to all primary schools in Tyne and Wear, County Durham and Northumberland. It will feature around 100 little Snowdog sculptures (122cm long x 102cm tall), which will be decorated by students and teachers.

Sponsorship of a little Snowdog sculpture costs £600. For this each school will receive; a blank sculpture, education resource pack and a high profile location on trial. In addition, the first 30 schools to sign up will be eligible to claim free Arts Award training provided by Culture Bridge for one of their staff members.

For further information please contact Nick Powell on 0191 285 0063 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Multi Media Christmas Cards

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The Learning Technology Innovation Team are pleased to announce that they will be delivering

The Multimedia Christmas Card activity at Monkwearmouth Academy.

The activity is suitable for Key Stage 2 pupils - ideally year 5 & 6.

It is a whole day activity where the pupils fulfil many parts of the computing curriculum from singing songs, taking photographs, recording audio and following logical sequences, it is an action packed but fun day. There are a number of dates available.

Please contact Jane or Mark to arrange a date and avoid disappointment as places are booking up fast.

Click readmore to check the availibility

Read more: Multi Media Christmas Cards

The Hour of Code 2015 is coming!

For the third year, the Tech Partnership is supporting the Hour of Code – a global initiative that introduces anyone from the age of 4 to 104 to the basics of coding.

Over 100 million people around the world have already tried an Hour of Code, including David Cameron and President Obama. Nearly 8 million people have already tried it in the UK.

This year’s Hour of Code week is December 7-13 and the Tech Partnership hopes that organisations around the country will take part.

What’s the Hour of Code?
The Hour of Code is a self-guided tutorial anybody can do, with just a web-browser or smart-phone (or even unplugged activities that don’t require a computer at all). No experience is needed, and participants of all ages can choose from a variety of self-guided tutorials.

Why do an Hour of Code?
We are constantly using technology today, but how many of us are learning to build it? The basics help nurture creativity and problem-solving skills. Once people see what they create right before their eyes, they’re empowered to keep learning.

How can you participate?
• Encourage employees to try an Hour of Code and help spread the word
• Host an Hour of Code event in your own organisation any day Dec 7-13
• Link from your homepage to the Hour of Code
Visit for more details

Thrive Under Short, Sharp Insepctions - Town End Teaching School Alliance

Thrive Under Short, Sharp Inspections
Thursday 5th November from 8:30 - 4:30
Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham, County Durham, DH1 1TD

The new challenge to schools from Ofsted
 An in-depth look at how the inspections will be conducted
 Discover what the focus will be
 Understand the possible outcomes
 Know how to prepare


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Updated guidance for Keeping Children Safe in Education

Two documents have just been released regarding keeping children safe in education. These can be downloaded below.

We encourage schools to distrubute them to staff and record that they have been recieved and read.

Read more: Updated guidance for Keeping Children Safe in Education

Free ECAT Training - Benedict Biscop CE Academy

Benedict Biscop have extended an invitation to Early Years Practitioners to attend free ECAT training on the 26th of June.

Details are in the attached flyer.


ECAT 26th June 2015

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Staff and pupils in Sunderland have been taking part in e-safety workshops. “Who are you in the online world?”  Our new approach towards e-safety 



is to help children and young people to understand that it is their behaviour that shapes their online experience.

The students and staff learn all about how adopting different roles and behaviours online can impact on their safety and have consequences on others. In the classroom workshop, they explore online behaviours using examples of how different characters behave. For example a crocodile would display predatory antagonistic, sly cunning and manipulative behaviour. The students are encouraged to take on the role of a superhero to be vigilant and recognise and challenge “croc ish” behaviour. The group has a discussion that it is up to them how they act online and everyone has responsibility to act in a sensible way. This is backed up by encouraging them to sign up to the recently updated cyber safe agreement and spread the word to families and friends and make Sunderland a safe place to be online.