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Wondering how you can use your mobile devices on an educational visit?

In our one day CPD event, we aim to provide inspiration for teachers who want to explore the potential to use iPads to support cross-curricular English and Computing activities. by making use of an educational visit to inspire student writing and creative storytelling.Participants will select from a series of "missions" aimed at developing your iPad skills in KS1 & KS2.  Every mission seeks to unleash your creativity and provide you with inspirational ideas for activities you can run with your own class both during and after a visit to Beamish.

 Join us at Beamish Museum 
 4th of  July  9:00 -16:00  

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Julie Harrison and 65 others have joined the group NQTs 15-16 Cohort 9 months ago
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Computing Leads meeting 21 September new room at Monkwearmouth 4 - 5

We are sending out this reminder for our meeting this Thursday. The focus of this meeting is robots. We hope to see you there. Come to reception and...

Primary IT Coordinators
Mark Lloyd added a new event to Primary IT Coordinators group 2 years ago

ICT/Computing Leads Network Meeting - September 2017

The next free meeting of the ICT leads will be on the 21st of September 4pm at Monkwearmouth Academy Room 20 (Note the new room - we're moving over...

  • Thursday, 21 September 2017 04:00 PM
  • Room 20 - Monkwearmouth Academy
Mark Lloyd posted a new announcement2 years ago

ICT Computing Leads Meeting Reminder

Hi Everyone Just a quick reminder that the next meeting it this Wednesday from 4-5 at Monkwearmouth Room 110. The focus of the meeting is use of...

Primary IT Coordinators

App Licensing and School iPads

apple-ipad-mini-prWhen your school makes the move to mobile devices and buys a set of iPads it is important that you understand that setting them up in a school is different to setting them up for use at home.

At home you take your shiny new iDevice and connect it to iTunes. With iTunes and the app store you can share the apps you purchase between all of the devices you own up to a maximum of six. Apple also allow you to use Family Sharing so that other members of your family can share a single iTunes account. With Family Sharing its much easier for you to manage which apps your family have on their devices - particulalrly useful if you have young children with a device each as you only have to purchase their favourite apps once. You could even set up one device - save a backup to iTunes and restore it to another so that the apps and setup of both devices is identical. 


Things are very different if you are a school. If you buy iPads for use in school you could technically use the same route as if you were a family but your apps wouldn't be licenced. Much in the same way as you can't use  home licence for windows on your PCs.

In schools you must ensure that you have a copy of every app for every device that will have that app installed. The way you purchase apps is through something called the Volume Purchasing Program.

Once your school has registered for VPP and added your credit card details into the system you can purchase app licenses to use in school. The good news is that if you buy 20+ apps you will get them at a  discount. This typically runs at around 50% of the original price. 

Read more: App Licensing and School iPads

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 ran special events and we launched our updated Cyber Dafe Agreement. What did you do? 


Biddick Primary


Kicked of SID with a whole school assembly then each class took part in SID activities throughout the day, such as: EYFS learned Smartie the Penguin’s ‘Think before You Click’ song, Y4 created a display of their digital footprints and Y6 produced an imovie (see photos) where they promised to do digital good deeds.

  • All of KS2 took home a cyber-bullying leaflet to share with their parents and the whole school took a homework task involving ‘Paper People Pledges’

New resource for Safer Internet Day

SID2015How will you be marking Safer Internet Day on the 10th of February? Maybe you have a special event planned or you are devoting your lessons to helping your students stay safe on line. To help you out we are launching our updated parent's e-safety leaflet and Cyber Safe agreement. 

We can't believe its nearly two years since we launched the first agreement and things have most definately moved on. The information has been updated and the Cyber Safe agreement has been expanded to cover online gaming with our new "Play Fair" addition. Why "Play Fair"? We are finding more and more that issues arise in schools between pupils who have played against each other online and bring their confilicts into the classroom. The problem has been particulalry prevalent in Primary Schools where boys are playing games aimed at adults against older players. Sadly older players are not setting a good example for how to behave and younger players are copying them.

We have also added a tear off slip to the agreement so that schools can keep a record of who has signed up and families can keep a copy of the agreement for reference -  Could be one for the fridge door. You can download the updated stuff here. 

Sunderland One World Party

low res One World PartyWhy not come along to the Sunderland One World Party at the Museum and Winter Gardens Saturday the 25th of October from 11am-3pm. Entry is free.

Celebrate our global community with music, food, children's crafts and fair trade stalls

The content from MFL Sunderland has moved

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.


Learning Technologies Innovation Team

Learning Technologies Innovation Team abstractThe 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.

Mark and Jane are expericned teachers who over the years have gained accreditation in a number of areas. Because of this we are able to offer you the highest quality support. We work on a cost recovery model so the team is only able to exist thanks to the subscription fees paid by Sunderland schools. We are proud to say that this means that the service is truly owned by you. Whether you buy in or nit we can work with you but naturally our subscribers get the gold standard from us. If you want more information on the benefits of subscribing take a look the the article below.

Read more: Learning Technologies Innovation Team

E-Safety Inspection Guidance


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