Northumberland ICT Team

Autumn 2019

Welcome back!

Welcome to our first termly newsletter for this academic year. Below you will find highlights and key events taking place this term, including information about our new EYFS parent app and the opportunity to attend a Google CPD session which will introduce you to a free project-based video curriculum to help your pupils build digital skills for life.

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Events: Autumn Term 2019

Below are a few key dates for your diary. Unless otherwise stated, please contact to reserve a place.

Google's Applied Digital Skills course for teachers

Wednesday, Oct. 23rd, 1-4pm

Ashington NE63 8RX, UK


This is a great opportunity to come and work with Lawrence Tijjani, from App Events, who will be delivering this session on behalf of Google.

Applied Digital Skills is a free project-based video curriculum from Google. Suitable for use from Year 5 all the way up into KS3.

These ready to use video lessons teach digital skills that have immediate, real life applications. The resources teach the skills needed for the jobs of today and tomorrow.

You will experience the Applied Digital Skills course as a learner, getting hands on with the engaging digital curriculum. After time to explore the content and understand how the online course is facilitated you will switch to teacher mode and create your own course. You'll leave the session with an action plan and everything set up ready to use the materials at your own school!

We expect this session to be in high demand and have limited places available, please get in touch with to reserve your place.

NCCE courses - various venues

Monday, Sep. 23rd, 9am-3pm

Ashington NE63 8RX, UK


We are delivering a range of courses on behalf of the NCCE. Here are a selection of the dates and venues available. Please visit for a full list of the courses available and to book your place.

Teaching and Leading KS2 Computing - Day 1

Monday 23rd September Belford Resource Centre

Tuesday 24th September Fuse Centre

Wednesday 25th September Ashington Town Hall

Teaching and Leading KS1 Computing - Day 1

Monday 30th September Ashington Town Hall

Tuesday 1st October Belford Resource Centre

Thursday 3rd October Fuse Centre

Teaching and leading KS2 Computing - Day 2

Friday 4th October Ashington Town Hall

Tuesday 15th October Belford Resource Centre

Tuesday 22nd October Fuse Centre

Teaching and Leading KS1 Computing - Day 2

Tuesday 8th October Belford Resource Centre

Wednesday 9th October Fuse Centre

Thursday 10th October Ashington Town Hall

Developing Skills in Animation

Wednesday, Oct. 9th, 1-3:30pm

Ashington NE63 8RX, UK


This course will explore a range of animation techniques on the iPad and also using laptop computers and Chrome Books. The session will start with basic 'flipper book' techniques and build on through onion skinning and green screen technology. Get ready to make some spooky creations for Halloween!

Online Safety Live

Tuesday, Nov. 5th, 2-4:30pm

Choppington NE62 5SS, UK


Bringing the latest in Online Safety to your doorstep.

The UK Safer Internet Centre are delivering a FREE 2 hour Online Safety update in a venue near you. Open to all who work with children and young people, this event will give you the latest in research, legislation, technology, tools and resources along with exclusive access to the presentation and resource materials.

Safety online is constantly changing and the purpose of Online Safety Live events is to provide access to this information, right on people’s doorsteps. We understand that everyone is really busy and the feedback has been clear that getting significant time away from work is a challenge – this is the reason that we organised these events as short briefing sessions. This provides this vital information, critically supplemented with access to so much more detail to review at a later date. The team will also be available to answer any of your online safety queries or questions. In large part that is why we’ve so far welcomed over 16,000 delegates over the recent few years to these events.

Also available, straight after this session - an exclusive 30min introduction to SELMA – our project tackling the problem of online hate speech by promoting mutual awareness, tolerance, and respect. We’re excited to say that we have just launched a free and extensive new resource which we want to share with you.

The SELMA project is based upon a Social and Emotional Learning approach to empower young people to become agents of change; it helps them to better understand the phenomenon of online hate, and provides them with tools and strategies to act and make a difference. SELMA is aimed at young people (age 11-16) and does not intend to police "bad" online behaviour; rather, it will nurture an environment where young people feel empowered to take action. During this short introduction we will provide access to the toolkit and explain it and how it can be used.

The extra session is not mandatory; you will be given the choice as to whether you want to stay on the day. If you are interested in hacking hate, reducing online hate speech, and improving emotional literacy for your students, this is a must-see project. We hope you can join us.

To reserve your place, please visit: