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Staff and pupils in Sunderland have been taking part in e-safety workshops. “Who are you in the online world?”  Our new approach towards e-safety 



is to help children and young people to understand that it is their behaviour that shapes their online experience.

The students and staff learn all about how adopting different roles and behaviours online can impact on their safety and have consequences on others. In the classroom workshop, they explore online behaviours using examples of how different characters behave. For example a crocodile would display predatory antagonistic, sly cunning and manipulative behaviour. The students are encouraged to take on the role of a superhero to be vigilant and recognise and challenge “croc ish” behaviour. The group has a discussion that it is up to them how they act online and everyone has responsibility to act in a sensible way. This is backed up by encouraging them to sign up to the recently updated cyber safe agreement and spread the word to families and friends and make Sunderland a safe place to be online. 

iPad user group

The Learning technology Innovation Team held their first iPad User group meeting at Monkwearmouth school.


Thanks to everyone who attended. We had a good session looking at apps on the iPad that can be used for presentation

as well as sharing the apps that we find useful to use for teaching and learning.

We had a general discussion about what we are going ot include in future meetings.

If you would like to attend the next meeting, join the iPad user group in the Educators network tab and go to groups.

Free History Course


Enriching the curriculum

Dli museum, Durham City 20 May 1230 – 1500

Classroom teachers and leaders of history and humanities at KS2 and KS3 are invited to a FREE half day event at the dli museum to explore ways in which collaborative school projects, the museum service and local archives can help pupils better understand the human face of conflict.
The session will be led by museum staff with support from Durham County Archives. Pupils from Parkside Academy will also profile their EU funded historical investigation project with partners in a French school.

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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’

Free Event Reminder


Fair Trade,Global Citizenship and the International Dimension

Monday 14th July 2014,1pm- 4pm
Stadium of Light,Sunderland

Featurlng pretentations from:

  • Comenius Regio: Action for Fairtrade in Schools Project
  • Fairtrade Foundation
  • Regional Network for International Learning
  • Shared Interest Society Limited
  • Sunderland Fair Trade Partnership

And with stands and resources from:

  • British Council Europe Direct Fairtrade Foundation Shared Interest Society
  • Sunderland Partnership
  • Traidcraft
  • Tropical Wholefoods

Places on a first come first serve basis- to book yours, please confirm with Yvonne Ewington by Wednesday 9th July at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on Tel: 0191 5611163


More information is available below

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