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A number of schools have been in touch recently about impending Ofsted e-safety inspections so we thought we'd put together some guidance to help you ensure you are compliant. Information about the current inspection arrangements can be found below. In preparaing for inspection it is worth check ...Readmore
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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.
On Monday 16th June, the 10 pieces of classical music were announced at the BBC Music Launch and on the Ten Pieces website.
The free screenings are booking out fast – so schools are urged to book their seats as soon as possible! You can see some of the spectacular images from the cinematic film to give you a taste of what's to come!
Click on this link for further information: bbc_ten_pieces_leaflet_english.pdf
In terms of spreading the word, a poster is downloadable from our website.
The newsletter is the best way to receive all the latest information hot off the press, so please make sure that you and your schools are signed up to receive regular updates.
We've had a lot of emails expressing concern that MFL Sunderland had disaapeared. We were in the process of moving the content into the hub but Claire has now moved the site to a new location at http://lightbulblanguages.co.uk
We wish her every success with the new site.
Recently I attended meetings with headteachers explaining that the Learning Technologies Innovation Team were under threat of redundancy as the council's SWITCH programme was coming to an end.
I really enjoyed meeting with the headteachers as they were highly supportive of the service, making it absolutely evident that you rely on the support we offer.
I would like to take the opportunity to thank all of you for your continued support. It really meant a lot to Jane and I to know that you value our service and I'm delighted to announce that after a lot of eleventh hour discussion, and a solid effort to bring in money for services we had already provided, we have been given an extension at least until the summer holidays. The extension will allow us to continue working hard to support schools with the effective use of technologies for learning and give us more time to explore a sustainable funding model for the service.
Given that this is a great period of change for schools, and there are real challenges faced in moving toward the Computing Curriculum, School Improvement have agreed to make a salary contribution too. We are both delighted to have this opportunity to work with School Improvement to develop the service further.
Things are really looking up for the team now, our ICT coordinators update meetings are becoming more and more popular, we have a number of schools and making use of our ICT audits, support for schools introducing mobile devices has really taken off and schools continue to make use of our e-Safety advice and training.
This is not the end of the story however, like any service we rely on you buying in for us to be able to continue. From looking at how we have operated over the past year it seems that schools are most likely to book us a month or two before they want to use us. As you can imagine this makes it difficult for us to demonstrate that we have enough take-up of the service long term. If you think that your school will want to make use of our services in the coming months please get in touch. We would also like to offer all schools a free needs assessment meeting where we will come out and spend an hour or so discussing your vision for using learning technologies and how we can support you to achieve this. Please contact us if you feel you would benefit from a discussion.
We have big plans to grow the service moving forward in the light of feedback we have had from schools. Plans include:-
- Working with ICT leads to produce a new computing curriculum for Sunderland Schools
- Establishing our base at Monkwearmouth School to allow us to have classes in and run CPD courses
- Re-launch our Apple Regional Training Centre with training specific to schools who want to use Apple technologies in the classroom
- Establishing a mobile device user group to support schools making use of iPads and other devices
Following the success of the first meeting, Sunderland CAS will hold the second meeting at the University of Sunderland. This is going to be on 20.5.14 from 4.00 - 7.00.
This exciting meeting will provide opportunities for both Primary and Secondary school colleagues to come together to network, improve their subject knowledge and explore the possibilities of the new computing curriculum.
Refreshments will be provided .
Location:Sir. Tom Cowie Campus at St. Peter's, David Goldman building, Floor 3.
There is ample car parking available on site for a small charge. For more information:
Click here to book your place
The evening will include:
Guest speaker- Using Lego Wedo (TBC)
Workshop 1 Little man computer- (Secondary colleagues)Using The Little Man Computer in order to demonstrate how instructions are stored and executed within a computer system. This workshop will be lead by Computer Science Secondary Education academic, Dr. John Grey, Sunderland University.
Workshop 2 Primary Scratch- (Primary Colleagues) Programming with Scratch- exploring how programming with scratch could be taught within primary school. This workshop will also consider the appropriate level of complexities for teaching scratch within the primary classroom. This workshop will be lead by Primary Education ICT specialist academic, Mr. David Laidlaw, Sunderland University.
Networking and support opportunities
There will also be the opportunity for colleages from primary and secondary schools to 'team up' in order to support each other during this period of change within the curriculum.
Keeping in touch
Please follow the hub on twitter @CASSunderland for further updates. Please use the hash tag #CASSundM2 to share thoughts, ideas and suggestions for future meetings.
A number of schools have been in touch recently about impending Ofsted e-safety inspections so we thought we'd put together some guidance to help you ensure you are compliant.
Information about the current inspection arrangements can be found below.
In preparaing for inspection it is worth checking that you have procedures in place. The Learning Technologies Innovation Team can help you to meet some of the requirements
All teaching and non-teaching staff should be aware and able to recognise e-safety issues with high-quality leadership and management to make e-safety a priority
- High priority given to training and continuation training to all staff, including the contribution of the wider school community. One member of staff to receive accredited training (for example: to become an e-safety officer)
- Clear reporting processes
- Rigorous, plain English policies and procedures integrated with other relevant policies
- Progressive e-safety curriculum
- Provision of a recognised internet service provider (ISP) with age-related filtering
- Good risk assessment
With regard to reporting processess you may find it useful to refer to the incident advisor - our web app that helps you to decide how best to report an e-safety incident in school.
We have a range of resources available to support you in promoting e-safety in school including the Cyber Safe agreement available here. Those of you who are applying for the anti-bullying charter mark will be aware that e-safety is part of the award and the anti-bullying team can support you through the application process.
With regard to curriculum and strategic support to promote e-safety the Learning Technologies Innovation Team offer a range of services including:-
- e-safety audits
- assemblies and workshops for students
- CEOP accredited training for staff
- awareness raising sessions for parents & governors
- support with developing policies
- support with embedding e-safety work into the curriculum
All Learning Technologies Innovation Team services are charged out at the usual rate. Contact us for further information
If you want to explore the topic further there is a really helpful article about the OFSTED guidance here
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.