London CLC Blog


Safer internet day: top five tips for online safety strategies

Online safety is a complex area. The threats and issues young people face in the online world are evolving all the time. Just when you feel you’ve got a handle on what’s current, a new challenge pops up elsewhere. Repercussions of these daily threats can be felt deeply in the playground, in the staff room and in the wider school community. Unfortunately, […]

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Shopping for devices at BETT? The great device debate

What’s the best computer device for education? What should we buy? Questions we often get asked at London CLC and considering the money schools invest in technology there isn’t a simple answer to this question, and your expectations for how the technology will impact in School should be high. Before you start making a decision […]

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‘Life in Likes’ a report from the Children’s Commissioner

  ‘Life in Likes’ report which was released yesterday (4 Jan) from the Children’s Commissioner provides a fascinating research based window onto the impact social media use is having on the daily life of 8-12 year olds. The report is welcome and interestingly confirms what we at London CLC, many schools and some parents are […]

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ScratchMaths: a great resource for improving mathematical thinking through programming

  This autumn UCL released their full curriculum of year 5-6 teaching materials which use Scratch to teach maths. It’s called ScratchMaths, and we think it’s brilliant.   At London CLC we’ve been teaching with Scratch for many years and in that time have taken inspiration from a wide range of different lesson plans and […]

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‘Lära ut’ and ‘Lära sig’: Learning from European educators in our Erasmus KA2 project

  It had taken a year of planning, numerous Skype meetings and collaborative application form writing, but we had finally arrived in Norrkoping, Sweden to meet educators from Denmark, Finland, Sweden, and the Netherlands. Co-think is an Erasmus + KA2 project exploring inclusive practices in teaching  computational thinking to primary school children. As part of […]

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Hosted SIMS – advantages to cloud based MIS systems

    Cloud based services are rapidly starting to take over in schools. Many software packages that previously required installation media, technically heavy server/client installs or the challenge of deploying software to hundreds of devices across the network – have started to move over to being hosted externally on the web, allowing access, from school […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Happy New Term – Get going with our award – winning CPD

After a restful summer, the London CLC team are glad to be back, ready for a new school year. The Autumn term will bring with it a wide variety of CPD opportunities through our range of training courses for teachers. Book now by emailing Kim Morrison@londonclc.org.uk – Free to SLA schools! New to Subject Leadership in […]

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Education, Arts and Technology: Free conference for arts education specialists

Education, Arts and Technology Opportunities and risk in the digital age  Wednesday 28 September 1pm – 5.15pm FREE If you want to explore the use of digital within your programmes and are interested in how schools are using technology within and beyond the curriculum, this free half-day session is for you.  Targeted at education and learning departments within creative […]

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London CLC and South London Raspberry Jam’s Family Hack Day

On Wednesday 27th July we were thrilled to host a Autism and Tourette’s Syndrome friendly Hack day with South London Families, working with South London Raspberry Jam. The day kicked of with a chance for the children to explore a range of technology and activities including virtual reality headsets, Web Design and Makey Makey electronics. […]

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Free Film CPD with Into Film

This academic year London CLC are partnering with Into Film to offer film and animation training entirely free to educators working with young people aged 5-19 in schools, youth or community groups. Filmmaking has the power not only to increase educational attainment for pupils across the curriculum but also to empower teachers with an exciting new […]

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Still time to join our award-winning Computing Summer School

IBM computing summer school, an intensive 4-day course running 12th to 15th July at IBM HQ on the south bank. This is the 3rd year we have run the  award-winning course at IBM HQ. The course was originally part funded by the DfE and is now funded by IBM. By attending this 4 day course teachers will have the opportunity […]

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Summer Computing Conference and Game Changer Challenge

Computing Conference This week computing subject leads joined the CLC team for our bi-annual Computing and New Technologies conference. It was an excellent day full of learning, exploring and sharing. We were delighted to be able to showcase the latest classroom technologies including the new Lego Wedo, Robotic Arm, Gravity Sketch, Virtual Worlds with Google […]

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Computing and Technology Conference Summer 2016

Our highly popular, bi-annual, Computing and technologies conference will be held next Wednesday 15th June 9am – 3.15pm, here at London CLC. These conferences are aimed at Computing/Technology subject leaders, heads of department and teachers interested in the use of technologies across the curriculum. The conference will include keynote speakers, policy and curriculum updates, practical sessions […]

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We’ve become a CAS Hub!

TATE Exchange The CLC are delighted to be part of the TATE Exchange programme. Yesterday afternoon, Chris Follows from Camberwell College of the Arts at University Arts London presented on the collaboration that had already taken place between the CLC and UAL. We had a wonderful day discussing future plans with fellow associates. You can […]

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What we’ve been up to and what is coming up at CLC

What’s coming up at CLC in summer term? The sun is shining and there is plenty to be excited about as we head further into the summer term.  Here is a little round-up of some of the exciting CPD events we have planned. CAS Lambeth Hub Launch: Introducing the Micro:bit – Thursday 19th May – […]

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Launching Game Changer Challenge

Game Changer Challenge This week we were delighted to launch our very first Game Changer Challenge competition for our SLA schools. Teams from 5 Lambeth schools will be designing their own, original computer games before pitching them to a panel of their peers and guest judges. We’ve got some top-secret and very exciting prizes up […]

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Micro:bit, Into Film and TATE collaborations

Welcome back everyone, hope you all enjoyed the break. The CLC team had a restful and productive Easter, making sure the building and our equipment is in tip top condition for Summer term. We have some very exciting announcements to start the new term. Firstly, we are delighted to announce that the CLC will be […]

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Film-making, data-logging, coding and costumes

Pupil workshops Louise had a great start to the week working with one of our new Lewisham schools, Haseltine Primary, very creative Beebots mats and clever problem-solving.  Later in the week we spent the day in Lark Hall Primary trying to find the best plant growing conditions using data loggers, then on world book day some […]

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Virtual worlds, blockify and evidence and assessment

Straight back in at the deep end this week! Virtual Reality and the Microbit Half term gave the team plenty of opportunity to experiment with some new ideas. Rowan has been working on all things virtual reality, looking at ways to incorporate Google Cardboard into exciting learning experiences for pupils next year. Meanwhile, Joe and […]

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Join the CLC team! And happy half term

E-Safety It’s been a fantastic week of E-Safety at CLC as we celebrated Safer Internet Day on Tuesday. We had fantastic conversations with pupils, teachers and parents about staying safe online. Don’t forget to check out our E-safety resources or get in touch to book you own in school internet safety session. Animation We had a […]

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Games Galore: scratch, minecraft and raspberry pi

Scratch This week we’ve been going a little deeper into our favourite games and exploring how they are made in Scratch with pupils from St Helen’s, Christ Church, Hill Mead.  Fantastic mouse skills, lots of creativity and plenty of problem-solving went into the games design workshops with year 1 and 2. Minecraft Meanwhile, students from Reay […]

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Digital leader takeover, family learning and town planning.

Digital Leader Takeover This week Digital Leaders from 15 schools took over the CLC as part of our Digital Leader Academy, professional development sessions just for children. This year the focus was on internet safety day, which is coming up in February. The Digital Leaders took the opportunity to learn more about E-safety and discuss action […]

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Announcing the 9th annual Robo Challenge!

Apparently, according to statisticians, this is the most depressing week of year. In fact Monday (dubbed ‘blue monday’) was the most depressing day of the year. This is due to a combination of poor weather, post christmas debt levels and broken new years resolutions among other factors. The CLC are actually feeling quite smug today – […]

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