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Primary Computing Conference – December 2017

London CLC is offering an exciting line up of speakers, workshops and a chance to bring yourself up to date on the latest developments in the computing curriculum on 7 December. There is plenty for EYFS as well as KS1 and 2 colleagues and inspiration for embedding computing across the curriculum. You will be able […]

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Anti-bullying week 2018: ‘All Different – All Equal’

Check out some great new resources and materials from a range of sources for this year’s Anti-Bullying Week. The official week is co-ordinated by the Anti-Bullying Alliance hosted by the National Children’s Bureau and with support from partner SafetoNet.     The website https://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/anti-bullying-week contains a wealth of resources to download and use in class […]

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London CLC is a Bett finalist!

London CLC has made it through to the finals of the Service and Support category of the Bett Awards 2018. The award celebrates UK-based companies and educational organisations that provide effective services, support and professional development to ensure that ICT really makes an impact in the classroom. It recognises the fact that educators need ongoing […]

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New-look for CEOP’s online safety website Thinkuknow

  The Thinkuknow website from CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection command) has recently undergone a redesign which makes reporting abuse and accessing online safety resources for children and young people, parents and school staff easier.  For school staff this means that it is straightforward to locate and download resources such as the new Play Like […]

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Understanding terms and conditions

  The terms and conditions we agree to when signing up for apps are often thousands of words long, and contain complex legal language that would have the majority of adults scratching their heads. As children and teenagers grow up in this digital world it’s our responsibility as adults and educators to help ensure they […]

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Calling all Computing subject leaders – a development programme for you!

  How do you influence the development of Computing as a subject within your school? Would you like to support colleagues more effectively and enable them to provide exciting and stimulating lessons that match pupils’ needs? Does it feel as if you are sometimes deflected from your curriculum focus by dealing with a range of […]

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Join the Rosendale Research School

As many will be aware, Rosendale Primary School has recently become London’s only research school.   Rosendale will join a number of schools around the country creating a network that will support the use of evidence to improve teaching practice. The initiative is led by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and the Institute for Effective Education (IEE).  […]

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Come and be our new Business & Operations Manager

Are you looking for a new challenge? Do you enjoy working within an educational context? Do you want to work within a creative, dynamic and innovative team? p Apply to be our Business and Operations Manager Application deadline: 29 October Interviews 2 November @ London CLC, SW4 0EL p To support London CLC into its […]

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Preparing for the General Data Protection Regulation

  Next May a new General Data Protection Regulation will come into effect, changing the way that schools need to approach their use of parent and pupil data. Is your school ready for the change?    There’s lots to consider, but take a step back before you get bogged down in the detail and think […]

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Performance Poetry

Last Thursday 28th September was national poetry day. Poetry remains a core element of the English curriculum from reception onwards, but the manner of pupil engagement with it as an art form is evolving.   Slam poetry, or performance poetry, is becoming increasingly popular, especially amongst young people. Organisations such as SLAMbassadors (run by the […]

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Come and join our team

To support London CLC into its next phase of growth, we are seeking a creative, confident and organised person, with a strong interest in both education and technology to become the centre’s  business and operations manager.  The ideal candidate will be dynamic and commercially astute with extensive financial experience. They will have the ability to […]

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iOS 11 – 5 great features coming to iPad for education

If you use iPads in school, it is likely you will shortly be able to update to Apple’s latest version of their mobile operating system, iOS 11. This comes with a swathe of new features, but what will make a difference in the classroom? Read our countdown…   p 5th Place – Screen Recording, on […]

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Life as a Digital Champion

Lambeth Digital Champions offers Lambeth residents FREE training and support on using all things digital (for example: mobile phones, computers, online forms and the internet). The project is funded by Lambeth Council and created and run by the London Connected Learning Centre to help local people learn the digital skills they need to succeed in […]

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The benefits of Family Learning

Testimonies from our “Digital Stories” and “Animation” courses This year, our Family Learning team ran 6-week courses within local primary schools across Lambeth. The courses brought families together to work on projects such as creating their own digital books, exploring photography and creating short animations. These courses had a wonderful impact on families, not only […]

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Minecraft and Architecture: the students perspective

Earlier this week, London CLC ran a ‘City Planning in Minecraft’ workshop with the year 5 class from Reay Primary school, Lambeth. At the end of the workshop, the teacher (Miss Coates) gave us some lovely feedback on how the use of Minecraft had motivated many, ordinarily very reluctant pupils, to write. This prompted us […]

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Emily and Joey’s Work Experience – at London CLC

Emily’s experience… I am currently studying for a BA in Primary Education at Kingston University and as part of my study I had to undertake a two-week placement in an ‘alternative setting’. One of my lecturers recommended the CLC to me. I am quite a creative person, but before this placement, I didn’t know how […]

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Straight into action after half term!

Coming into the final term of the year it’s all systems go. London CLC have been on the road this week with visits to: Haseltine Primary school to carry out Online Safety workshops with year 4 classes City Heights Academy where we started an Animation course Immanuel and St. Andrew CE Primary school looking at […]

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Work for an award-winning team: Teaching assistants wanted

Wanted: Creative Teaching Assistants £9.75 per hour/Casual basis We are looking for some lovely people to join our team on a casual basis to support our innovative digital programmes that support children and young people, their teachers and their families. The role will involve supporting teaching sessions both at our centre in Clapham Old Town […]

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Is your school’s IT a headache?

Why do most school’s technicians dread coming back to work after long holidays? It’s because nearly every time they are back to work there is a message waiting for them saying that there is something very wrong with the: internet/printers/servers/wireless… etc   Is it possible to prevent these situations?    The school IT network is […]

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TATE Exchange: Giving children free-choice and playing with ‘big ideas’

Being a TATE Exchange associate presented the CLC with a unique opportunity not only to reconsider and develop our practice but also to consider how our work fits into the wider world context. TATE asked its collaborators to ‘explore and illuminate’ the value of art to society. This provided us with an ideal starting point. […]

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Family Learning puts parents and children on an equal footing

Computing skills can often feel like the biggest gulf between parents and children, with the younger generation often being the ones teaching their elders, and parents feeling distant from a huge part of their children’s lives. This is where we come in. CLC Family Learning provides a place where learners can not only improve their digital […]

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IBM Robot Challenge X

The tenth and final IBM Robo Challenge takes place tomorrow. We have teams from 12 schools descending upon IBM’s South Bank building to take part in a series of robotics challenges. We received this email from Nicola Schofield at Merton Park, describing their teams experience preparing for the competition.  It was such a great description […]

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Book Creator online coming soon

Book Creator is probably one of the best apps I’ve used. I’ve returned to it time again whether creating rhyming books or recording science investigations. It’s a versatile tool, that allows for easy content creation across all curriculum areas and age groups.        Once complete, a digital notebook can be exported to iBooks, […]

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My work placement at London CLC

If I ever had any doubts over game based learning, a week at the London Connected Learning Centre has ensured there is none left. This week has taken me on a journey; whilst also learning for myself, I have supported children’s learning through the use of creative programming and design tools such as Scratch, Minecraft […]

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Chelsea School of Art meet Hill Mead’s digital leaders

In late January the CLC took ten digital leaders from Hill Mead Primary to Chelsea school of Art, home of the CCW Digital Maker Collective. The pop-up maker space is an open collaboration between UAL students and is aimed at raising awareness and encouraging engagement in digital. As part of a series of TATE Exchange exhibitions, […]

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Humanities Conference: Booking Open

The CLC 2017 Humanities Conference is less than a month away and places are going fast. Book yours now on our website. These popular conferences are ideal for any school staff with an interest in, or a responsibility for, geography, history and RE, as well as creative and cultural learning. This year workshops will explore Virtual […]

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Computing for all

On Radio 4’s Today program this morning senior lecturer at Roehampton University, Peter Kemp, raised concerns about trends in computing education at secondary schools. According to his research, fewer girls and students from ethnic minority and poorer backgrounds are now sitting GSCE computing. Since the government changed the curriculum from ICT to computing there has […]

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Creativity, Coding and Conversation at the Computing Conference

On the 6th of December we held the first of our two annual Computing Conferences. Bringing together computing leads from across Lambeth and beyond, the conference provides a great platform for teachers to share knowledge, gain skills, and be inspired to try out new technologies in the classroom. The day kicked off with talks from […]

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BBC features ReflectED metacognition project

The BBC World Service made a podcast about metacognition this week, including a report on the ReflectED project at Rosendale Primary school. ReflectED was developed by Rosendale primary school, with help from London CLC and the National Education Trust. The BBC program, part of the ‘World Hacks’ series, looks at the impact of various approaches to […]

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Metacognition research published

Metacognition research conducted with help from London CLC has improved attainment in maths – but had negative impacts on reading. The ReflectED project was run by Rosendale Primary School, with help from London CLC and the National Education Trust. The evaluation report, published earlier this month, found pupils made an average of four additional months progress in […]

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Cross-curricular computing

Our Winter Computing Conference is coming up on Tuesday 6th December, our theme is cross- curricular computing. Computing is full of cross-curricular ideas, like perseverance, problem solving and creativity. We also think that computing makes most sense when it is in context. Other subject areas can give this context. Each workshop at the conference will focus […]

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Teachers know when tech has value; we don’t need to lecture them.

On Sunday, as Microsoft launch their new Education Edition of Minecraft, Tom Bennett (widely referred to as “the government’s behaviour tsar”) called the game a “gimmick” which will “get in the way of children actually learning”. He called for teachers to “drain the swamp” of such distractions in order to support their pupils’ ability to stay […]

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Ideas for writing with primary pupils

This week we’ve been thinking about literacy and writing using technology. Our English conference took place on Tuesday, sparking fantastic discussions around digital writing and creative stimuli, while our ongoing partnership with Into Film has had us working with PGCE students and teachers to deliver film CPD for literacy attainment. Here are a few ideas […]

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English Conference: Writing and reading across the curriculum

Building on the popularity of the CLC’s previous professional development sessions to support reading for pleasure and writing, this academic year we are running a whole-day conference for English subject leaders and teachers interested in literacy. The conference will explore the current context of the English curriculum and showcase practical ideas to encourage a book […]

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Digital Leaders Philharmonia Virtual Reality Day

On Monday, 26 September our Digital Leader Programme launched at the Southbank Centre. Over 50 children from six London schools had the opportunity to explore the Philharmonia Orchestra’s new interactive exhibition ‘Universe of Sound. The CLC Digital Leader Programme supports children and young people who have taken on a role championing the use of digital […]

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