September newsletter from The Learning Blog

6th September 2016

Welcome to the first newsletter of this year and welcome back to school. I hope you had a good summer break and had some time to get refreshed and recharge your batteries. Regardless of the current weather, its always nice the first week back isn't it, but at least we haven't got to dark mornings and evenings, yet!  Hope you find this newsletter useful and please do feel free to pass on to any colleagues and friends.  They can also subscribe to the newsletter.

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Latest school inspection handbooks published

Latest school inspection handbooks published

The latest school inspection handbooks have now been published.  Not much has been altered, which is good news. The outline of the key updates to Section 5 and Section 8 inspection handbooks can be found on the Ofsted website: Expectations for schools remain unchanged Updates in the section 8 handbook are to make sure that it is in line with …

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Over 20 free quality apps

Over 20 free quality apps

Chatterpix from Duck Duck Moose has been a popular app in schools now for some time.  The really good news is that the brilliant team behind this app has now made all of their apps available for free. Duck Duck Moose produce high quality apps for education and there is a huge range to choose from, but as they are all …

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Life after levels

Summer holidays always go so quickly, it seems only a moment away when the holidays were just beginning and now they are just ending and for some, ended!  I hope you all have a good start to the new term and are going back/are back, suitable refreshed. Although the word 'assessment' may make you shudder, I thought this FREE guide …

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Living life online

Living life online

Did you see the news report today that talked about the well-being and happiness of children, especially girls?  The report from the Children’s Society says that girls in Britain are becoming more miserable, with 14% saying they are unhappy with their lives as a whole and 34% with their appearance.  Researchers found that girls reported of feeling ugly or worthless.  …

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The legal implications of e-safety

The challenge of e-safety law is that it is constantly evolving and has many layers. Dr Brian Bandey and Ed Macnair discuss the implications for schools.

Source: The legal implications of e-safety

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International Dot Day

International Dot Day

Are you ready for International Dot Day, will you be celebrating with your pupils and celebrating their amazing creativity and individualism? I came across this brilliant initiative 3 years ago when working with a school introducing the brilliant augmented reality app Quiver (3D colouring in that children love) and noticed that they produced one for Dot Day too, ready for …

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What is 'digital wellbeing'?

What is 'digital wellbeing'?

This is a really useful read to understand the effect that our digital world can have on our children and on ourselves.  Well worth a read!  Helen writes that to care for our digital wellbeing is to: look after personal health, safety, relationships and work-life balance in digital settings; act safely and responsibly in digital …

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Resilient Families - free online training

Resilient Families - free online training

ParentZone have added a new addition to their online training portfolio - Resilient Families Resilient Families a free online training course for parents to help them understand what their children may do or are doing online. It includes facts about grooming and sexual exploitation, radicalisation and extreme content. Parents and carers can find out what they can do if theyre …

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Coding across the primary curriculum

Coding across the primary curriculum

I love to listen to Miles Berry talk about computing in the primary classroom and appreciate his down to earth approach to what it means in practice.  Once you get to grips with the 'big' words, this computing curriculum really should be an exciting time for ICT in the classroom and across all subjects.  Listen to his talk and also …

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BBC Micro:bit emulator

BBC Micro:bit emulator

I now have my micro:bit, ready to play and learn!  One thing that is really going to help me is the emulator from Just2Easy.  Whether you have a micro:bit or not, this brilliant tool is a great introduction to what this little bit of kit can do.  It gives the opportunity to have a play and explore in a safe …

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Once upon a picture: Images to inspire

Once upon a picture: Images to inspire

Beautiful pictures to inspire all kinds of creative writing!  Take a look at this website and find an image, updated regularly to inspire talking and writing.  Each picture also has prompts to help get the creative juices flowing! Visit: Once upon a picture: Images to inspire

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Robotics and STEM workshops

I am in the process of developing a robotics and STEM workshop which will be aimed at pupils, but with the opportunity for you to take part so that you can develop your own knowledge of the activities you can do and the range of kits and tools that are available.  This will give you the time to evaluate how your pupils interact and work with these tools.  If this is something you think you might be interested in, then register your interest and I will send you the details once they are finalised.

Register your interest for the pupil workshops here

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In school support

Helping you to deliver an exciting and creative curriculum with technology. Inspiring both your students and you! With 25 years’ experience as a primary teacher and Local Authority Adviser, I am an accredited assessor for both the ICT Mark and 360 Degree Safe and a Naace Delivery Partner.

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Thanks for reading!  I hope you found it useful and look forward to catching up with you again soon.  Please do get in touch if you have any questions.