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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
Julie Harrison and 3 others have joined the group Primary NQTs 2016-17 9 months ago
Loki Gaard and 88 others have joined the group Primary IT Coordinators 1 year ago
Jane Adamson posted a new announcement1 year ago

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

New site for parents puts your school data in the spotlight

schoolsguideSchoolsguide.co.uk is a new website launched in May that allows parents to compare schools in your area. The TripAdvisor style site brings key school statistics together in one place from several official websites including the Department of Education and Ofsted making it quick and easy for parents to choose the best school for their child.

Using School Guide parents can:

• Find any school in England with its interactive search

• See current data in a clear visual format on each School Page

• Compare local schools at the touch of a button

• Get a School Guide Rating to see how a school ranks nationally

• Plot performance of a school in the School Guide League

Share knowledge on local schools by adding comments via Facebook or DISQUS

Bright, modern and simple to navigate, School Guide uses colour coding to show types of schools (Primary, Secondary and Independent) and gives each school a unique rating. We know that there are some schools who will be concerned by the fact that parents can openly comment about the school in such a public forum. Why not get ahead of the game by creatiing a prescence for your school on social media sites like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. We can give you advice on how to do it safely and how to you can react to negative comments that you may receive.

School Guide has been shortlisted for a Nominet Award in the Digital Innovation in Public Services category.

Follow School Guide on Twitter @SchoolGuideUK or Facebook

Are you thinking about using mobile devices in your school?

rthinkingA number of schools are considering purchasing mobile devices, many wanting the opportunity to evaluate the device before committing to a bulk purchase.

In response to this, we are excited to announce a new CPD for day for teachers offering you the chance to evaluate their potential.

The Learning Technologies and Innovation Team are partnering with AT computers, Apple Solutions Experts for Education, to offer you the opportunity to take part in an iPad experience day.

The aim of the day is to give you everything you need to run a successful trial of mobile technology in your classroom. As well as receiving training, you will also be equipped with an iPad and a set of essential apps to get you started. We have an Apple Distinguished Educator on hand to give you practical ideas on how to implement them in your classroom as well as members of the Learning Technologies Innovation Team to advise you on exciting projects already running in Sunderland schools.
Read more: Are you thinking about using mobile devices in your school?

Anti-Bullying Song - The Karaoke Version

We are proud to launch our new Sunderland Anti-Bullyng Song. The song was the winning entry by Ellie Rodwell from Academy 360 in the competition organised by the Anti-Bullying team. Ellie's words have been turned into a song that we're sure you will enjoy learning and singing.

Hopefully this new karaoke version will help you to learn the song so you can sing it with your class in school. It would be great if you could record your perfomance and send it to us. Once you have learned the words you may find the mp3 version useful too. Especially if you want to perform the song in front of an audience. The song was written so that the Cyber Bullying verse can be sung over the final chorus so why not give that a try too. 

Here are links to allow you to download the song to use in school.

Download the karaoke video

Download the tune as an MP3

Download the tune with a guide melody as an mp3

Download the lyrics

Download the Sheet Music

Watch out for a new version in E flat Major coming soon

Get a copy of Microsoft Office for home use for £10

Boxshot_-_Office_Professional_2010The Council has purchased a licence for Microsoft Office that extends to home use by employees. If you work for Sunderland council and have a sunderland schools email address you are entitled to a copy at a reduced rate of £10
The copy of office you buy can only be installed on your home computer.
To sign up for the scheme you need to send an email from your work account to Phoenix software (the address is in the attached document) expressing your interest They will send you a special code and a link to purchase and download the software.

Further information about the scheme can be viewed here

ICT has now become Computing

The DFE have just published the response to the consultation on changes to the subject of ICT. The report, published on the 3rd of May, confirms that the subject will be changing its name as well as confirming the temporary disapplication of the National Curriculum.

It is envisaged that the new subject title will reflect appropriately the content included in the revised programmes of study for the subject which are more ambitious and rigorous than the existing (and now disapplied) programmes of study for ICT, and place much greater emphasis on teaching the principles of computational thinking and practical programming skills. Changing the subject name to computing is in keeping with the views of the largest group of respondents to the consultation and of key organisations such as the Royal Society, BCS – The Chartered Institute for IT, Microsoft and the Royal Academy of Engineering. 

Read more: ICT has now become Computing

New Service Catalogue Launched

ICT brochureWe are excited to announce that the new ICT services catalogue for schools has been launched. The new services have been developed as a result of extensive consultation with schools about what they need.

The catalogue Sunderland ICT Services to Schools sets out our plan to deliver a whole new range of services alongside the familiar services you have come to rely on. New services include the ability to buy additional service credits for the services of our new Learning Technolologies Inoovation Team. These can be bought as blocks of days and used for the team to run CPD sessions for staff, lessons with learners or work with leadership and management to develop the strategic vision for using technology for learning in your school.

Some schools have already begun to make use of the Learning Technologies Innovation Team. Recently we have been involved in:-


  • Providing advice and support for schools looking to make use of Facebook and Twitter to improve parental engagement
  • End to end support for the deployment of iPads. From initial advice, through support with procurement, to CPD for staff and examples of classroom use.
  • Delivering e-safety training to staff and students
  • Supporting schools in producing a vision for using technology for teaching and learning
  • Support with applying for the ICT Mark
  • Design development and planning of school websites
  • Providing advice on imporving wireless connectivity

The team are also responsible for coordinating the Primary and Secondary ICT groups and providing information to schools via the Learning Hub.

We will shortly be contacting you with a survey. We are trying to find out whether anyone has any planned spend for subscription services (Education City, Espresso etc.) or hardware (PCs, iPads, wireless etc.) the aim is to look at combining purchasing to get a better deal for Sunderland schools.

We hope you will set aside time to read the catalogue and consider which services you feel would be of value to your school. Pricing for services is contained in the LA SLA document.

Want to use YouTube in the Classroom?


Many teachers have expressed an interest in using YouTube and other more "Social" sites in the classroom but have felt that our filtering system prevented tem from doing so.

Whilst YouTube was never "blocked" it has always been restricted as there was a feeling by schools that having unrestricted access could cause disruption in the classroom.

The ICT unit now has a workaround for teachers in schools on the corporate network, which allows teachers to show YouTube videos in lessons.

Full details of the new YouTube proxy are available by contacting the ICT helpdesk on 5532010 or via the contact form here.

The proxy is set to allow access to other sites like Facebook and Twitter too and we are having a discussion in the Primary ICT group about what other sites could be added.

Is your website working for your school?

Website Example

A good website can work wonders for your school. We want all schools to have a site that not only provides statutory information to parents and the local community but also provides a vibrant showcase for life in the school.

For many years we have been looking for a website solution that allows schools to design a site that meets their individual needs.

We settled on an open source content management system - the same one that powers the Learning Hub - because of it's rich features and capability to be customised. What are you currently using for your site? Could you be due an update?

Ask yourself if your site does the following:-

  • Includes DFE Key information
  • Is flexible enough for your to decide exactly what features you want
  • Can be updated from anywhere with web access without the need for specific skills or complicated software
  • Has a calendar to help people keep track of what is happening
  • Has a blogging area where each class can learn together and showcase what they are doing
  • Has a photo gallery with slide-show that gives a real window into life in the school
  • Can be updated when you are out and about from any device - How about from Derwent Hill using your phone?
  • Is capable of integrating with social sites like Facebook, Youtube and Twitter
  • Your learners can write content but it doesn't go live until it has been checked
  • Every member of the school community can take a role in updating and maintaining the site
  • The look and feel of the site can be changed in an instant
  • Key documents that you send out can be delivered via the site
  • Hides your school email address away so you aren't plagued with SPAM
  • Provides a map so people can find you easily
  • Articles can be added by anyone in the same time it would take you to write an e-mail

If it doesn't then you may want to consider having a site through us.

We appreciate that every school is different and you all have unique needs. We will work closely with you to plan and develop the site, design your template, train key staff and when you are ready help you to launch the site to the outside world. We can even help you get teachers and learners on-board to develop content too.

We already have a number of schools who are using the system like St Anne's Primary and Seaburn Dene Primary both sites are really good examples of how schools have used the system to make their sites a vibrant showcase for the school community.

There are other benefits too one school office manager commented:

"Since having the site calls to the office for information have been seriously reduced. Although it took me time to put the information up the site is now saving me time."

For an informal demonstration of the website features contact the ICT unit and book a meeting with a member of our Learning Technologies Innovation Team.