Northumberland ICT & eLearning

Autumn 2021

Curriculum Support

Training and Support 2021-22

Next year, we hope to get back to seeing you all face to face again. We are planning to follow a hybrid model moving forward, delivering a combination of face to face and online sessions depending on content and your preference.

Please follow the link below to view bookable training sessions and, as always, please get in touch if you would like to organise something bespoke for your team.

School360 Learning Journal

Many of you are already using the School360 Learning Journal. Please ensure that you switch to the new EYFS Teacher app when you return in September. This will give you access to the updated system which works inline with the new EYFS reforms.

Integration with the Northumberland School Readiness Passport will be completed in the Autumn, at which point you will be able to filter and search through your School360 observations to inform and support your passport summative assessments.

If you are new to the School360 learning journal you can find a recording of our most recent training session HERE.

Please also see details below of a new Learning Journal / Readiness Passport workshop running in the Autumn term. This will be delivered jointly by the Northumberland ICT and EYFS teams.

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Lego League Winners 2021

Thank you to the schools who took part in this year's Northumberland Lego League competition!

We were in awe of those schools who chose to take part during what has been a very trying year. We spoke to groups of pupils via a video call who took us through their presentations, their robot challenge and then answered our questions brilliantly. We hope you're all extremely proud of yourselves and we have to say a huge thank you to the teachers who found time to facilitate planning and programming sessions over recent months!

Our winners were:

Coach / Mentor award - Corbridge Middle School

Innovation / project award - Croftway Primary School

Core Values award - Malvins Close Primary School

Robot Design award - Meadowdale Academy

Robot Performance award - Richard Coates Primary School.

In the end our overall winners, with the most points scored in total, were Meadowdale Academy, pictured below - congratulations!

Next year we will be hosting First Lego League Explore and First lego League Challenge, please see the training guide on how to register your interest, places are limited.

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Online Safety & Wellbeing

Pupil wellbeing over summer

This past year, pupils have spent a great deal more of their time confined at home. They're also likely to have spent far more time online than usual, with this comes more risk. As you send your class home for the summer break, please ensure that they are aware of some key tools available to them in School360.

On their pupil homepage they have 'report a concern' this sends a message to a member of staff. Please ensure you know which teachers are monitoring this facility over summer. At least one member of staff should be allocated this role and they must ensure that they have added their work email address in the 'edit account' area as this is where notifications of new messages will be sent. Further details HERE.

In School360 resources, within the Wellbeing section pupils can find a link to Ollee, a digital friend funded by Children in Need and created by ParentZone. You can find out more about Ollee HERE.

We've also added a selection of resources within the Wellbeing collection to help pupils relax and alleviate anxiety.

Social Media and Body Image

We know now that social media can have a significantly negative impact on body image for young people we work with. If you're planning your online safety / PSHE provision for next year these new resources may be of interest.

Media Smart ages 9-11 ages 11-14

Cyber Security

An awareness of how to avoid a cyber attack on your organisation and how to mitigate its effects should the worst happen, is becoming increasingly important.

We're now able to offer a training session for your whole team led by the Durham Police Cyber Crime unit to make sure your staff are well informed and have the correct procedures in place in the event of an attack. Please see our training guide for further information.

We have also added a new resource to the Online safety section of School360 to raise awareness amongst pupils. The intention of this new game, developed by the NCSC, is to help young people understand the importance of password security, device protection and dealing with suspicious messages.

Report Harmful Content

This week, in the aftermath of the Euro 2020 final, we were reminded of how important it is to report any hate speech or abuse we see online.

Report Harmful Content is a national service that encourages anyone to report harmful content online by providing advice on how to report harm online to industry platforms, including links to the correct reporting channels, and offering mediatory support where the correct reports have already been made to industry.

Below are weblinks to the main reporting site and the under 18's reporting site which you may wish to share with families and colleagues.

If you have any questions about any of the issues raised here, or would like to book a place on one of our training sessions please get in touch. We hope you all have a restful summer break and look forward to seeing you in the new school year.