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Code Clubs – After school coding clubs for children aged 9-11

The mission of Code Club is to give every child in the UK the chance to learn to code. It is their aim to have Code Club in 25% of primary schools in the UK by the end of 2015. Teachers or volunteers can  run Code Club after-school at their local  school or community centre. Children attend […]

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Childrens BBC Launch New Childrens Coding Competition

October 8th, 2014 by David Tidman


CBBC is giving the next generation of digital content creators an amazing opportunity to design a game that will be turned into a free app and released across the UK for all kids to play.

Award-winning CBBC stars Richard McCourt and Dominic Wood (Dick & Dom) will kick off the competition on Tuesday today during the first episode of their new CBBC series, Appsolute Genius.

The competition – which forms part of the BBC’s Make it Digital initiative to inspire a new generation to get creative with coding, programming and digital technology – will run alongside this new factual series from CBBC Productions where McCourt and Wood discover the geniuses whose ideas, creations and discoveries have shaped the world of coding, computer programming and gaming.

The competition is open to 6-12 year olds and the winning idea will be chosen by an panel chaired by The Duke of York, who is involved in a number of initiatives to support young people developing digital skills, including iDEA and Code Club. this competition supports a new project launched by the BBC to support computing called Absolute Genius

To find out more about Absolute Genius visit and for the competion visit

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Are you up for a bit of coding? Europe Code Week 2014

October 8th, 2014 by David Tidman


The idea behind Europe Code Week is to connect local organizations and volunteers and to showcase existing initiatives and good practices across Europe. Code Week was started by VP Neelie Kroes’ Young Advisors, who, together with other local Ambassadors, want to see more of their peers actively creating, not just consuming digital content.

Find our more about Europe Code Week at and help get Europe coding!

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The M Room – the secret listeners who bugged the Nazis

October 8th, 2014 by David Tidman

The M Room is an exciting new English and History resource for KS3 and KS4, giving exclusive access to secret World War II listening sites where the British Secret Service bugged high-ranking German Military prisoners.

Produced in response to the revised secondary National Curriculum, The M Room specifically targets the revised Key Stage 3 History curriculum section ‘Challenges to Britain, Europe and the wider world from 1901 to present day’, picking up on the suggested focus of ‘the Second World War and the wartime leadership of Winston Churchill’, as well as the statutory requirement to cover the Holocaust at KS3. It also incorporates a series of lesson plans and activities linked to the KS3/4 Literacy and KS4 History curricula.

The resource features an interview with one of the original secret listeners (now aged 95), and extensive primary-source material from the Ministry of Defence, relatives of those involved, and The National Archives. The lead presenter and consultant to the project is the eminent historian Dr Helen Fry, who uncovered information about The M Room story that even the Ministry of Defence was unaware of.
The resource is available via the National Education Network to any school connected through their Regional broadband grid

To see this amazing story visit

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Top tips for getting started with blogging

October 8th, 2014 by David Tidman

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Looking for ideas to help to help you get started with blogging, then take a look at our 10 ideas guide that can be found by following this link

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Teaching the Tudors – A multimedia resource from the National Education Network

October 8th, 2014 by David Tidman


The Tudors in London resource aims to develop an understanding of a historical context in which to appreciate how events of 500 years ago still impact on life today. Although focussed around London, the resource is rich in material to help all teachers covering this aspect of the history curriculum

Featuring over 140 high-quality videos clips and over 60 high-resolution images from the Museum of London Archaeological Archive, Royal Collection Trust and key Tudor locations in London, the extensive digital collection is further enhanced by a framework of curriculum-linked material. Lesson plans suggest classroom-based activities to help teachers make the most of the wide range of resources within the historical archive.

High quality video resources include:

  • Re-enactment of the eve of the marriage of Kathryn Parr to Henry VIII
  • The major Tudor remains including Hampton Court Palace, the Rose Theatre, Charterhouse and on the streets of the City of London.
  • Replicas and real artefacts uncovered from archaeological discoveries in London

High resolution images

  • High resolution photographs courtesy of Museum of London Picture Library and Museum of London Archaeology
  • Reconstructions of what Tudor London might have looked like, maps and images of artefacts courtesy of Museum of London Picture Library and the Royal Collection Trust

To find out more and view the material visit from your school

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Teaching History with 100 Objects

September 25th, 2014 by David Tidman

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Teaching history with 100 objects is the result of a partnership between museums across the UK and the British Museum. It has been funded by the Department for Education to help equip teachers to teach the new national history curriculum in England through the provision of high quality resources, up to date subject expertise and stimulating teaching ideas. However, its potential extends beyond England to teachers of history throughout the country and internationally.Teaching history with 100 objects consists of 100 resources based on objects selected from museums in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and from the British Museum. These Object Files may be used individually to support and enhance teachers’ current practice or can be combined to provide object-based units of study for a historical period, culture or theme.

Teaching history with 100 objects harnesses the power of objects to motivate young people’s interest in history and to provide teachers with resources to inspire their students’ study of events and people in the past.

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CyberCenturion: registration closes 26 September 2014

September 16th, 2014 by David Tidman
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What is CyberCenturion?
CyberCenturion sits between the existing Cyber Security Challenge schools programme for secondary schools and the main Challenge competition programme and has been designed to inspire future professionals towards careers in cyber security. It is a chance for anyone interested in the world of cyber security to get their first real experience of the scenarios and challenges existing professionals have to undertake on a daily basis.CyberCenturion is modelled after the U.S. CyberPatriot program. A video describing the online and in-person rounds of the CyberPatriot competition can be found here. The competition is played in teams. Further details here

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Lauren Child joins LGfL’s ReadingZone Live literacy resource.

September 1st, 2014 by David Tidman


Lauren Child, author of Charlie and Lola, Clarice Bean and Ruby Redfort took part in a live video conference at the end of the summer term and was interviewed as part of the LGfL ReadingZone live project. Lauren offered a personal insight into her approach to both writing and illustrating books – and included explanations about the pressures facing successful authors.

The issues surrounding writing different types and lengths of books are discussed along with the process of adapting books for television . All the interview clips are featured in a clear and engaging way for both teachers and young writers and illustrators to use as inspiration for their own work.

The full interview and video conference is now viewable via


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Scratch Jr – Scratch for younger children and its on the iPad!

July 31st, 2014 by David Tidman

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ScratchJr is an introductory programming language that enables young children (ages 5-7) to create their own interactive stories and games. Children snap together graphical programming blocks to make characters move, jump, dance, and sing. Children can modify characters in the paint editor, add their own voices and sounds, even insert photos of themselves – then use the programming blocks to make their characters come to life.

ScratchJr was inspired by the popular Scratch programming language, used by millions of young people (ages 8 and up) around the world. In creating ScratchJr, they redesigned the interface and programming language to make them developmentally appropriate for younger children, carefully designing features to match young children’s cognitive, personal, social, and emotional development.

To find out more visit their site at

To download for the iPad go to iTunes

P.S. The Android version is on its way!

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Inspecting computing

July 16th, 2014 by David Tidman


At the recent Barefoot computing event run by Computing at Schools David Brown,  the National Lead for Computing for Ofsted presented on  inspecting  computing and eSafety. His presentation can be found at In dialogue recently with him, he emphasised the need for the delivery of the computing curriculum in KS4. Students do not have to follow an accredited route at KS4 but the computing PoS, including the e-safety bullet point, is still statutory (in maintained schools) for all pupils.




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