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Free eBooks for YHGfL member schools

As part of our on-going partnership with Rising Stars we are delighted to offer all YHGfL Schools a range of completely FREE eBooks. The eBooks can be read on any device, from PCs, netbooks and whiteboards to iPads, Kindles and iPod Touches. The permanent eBooks license allows their use by any number of students throughout the school and […]

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European competition for young people’s e-safety films, posters or other resources!

July 10th, 2014 by David Tidman

There is a European-wide competition inviting young people to submit resources that express ideas around creating a better internet. 


If your pupils have created a poster, film, poem or other resource in your e-safety lessons this year, then it’s a great opportunity to showcase these!


Entries must be submitted online before15 September. Find out more at


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New Pasture Lane Primary School: TES awards – Ed Tech winner

July 7th, 2014 by Andrew


Congratulations to New Pasture Lane Primary school, Bridlington who won the Ed Tech category in this year’s TES School Awards.

The school attended the award ceremony last Friday along with other short listed schools from around the country.

Comments from the judges included “Ed Tech at this school is not an add-on, but an integral part of teaching across the curriculum, bringing lessons to life and ensuring engagement”  They then continue.. “New and older media are combined. For example, the school has its own daily radio station, which broadcasts student work alongside student-led interviews with visitors such as the local MP.” The school was also praised for its approch to eSafety and its mentoring scheme where certain students are trained in online safety and act as a first point of contact for others to raise concerns.

New Pasture Lane Primary School’s victory was witnessed by over 600 people gathered to celebrate the sector’s achievements at the awards ceremony held at the Park Plaza, Westminster Bridge which was hosted by Hugh Dennis.

 To see the whole list of TES awards and winners click HERE

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EU Code Week 11th – 18th October 2014

July 7th, 2014 by David Tidman

In a world where we’re surrounded by technology, and where so many of our interactions we have are with computers, learning to code helps us understand how these services work.

What’s more, learning to code gives us a powerful way to explore our ideas and make things, both for work and play.

Get involved

If you’re part of a code club or group, and you’re meeting during Code Week, tell them what your up to

Not part of a group but want to take part? You can still run a Code Week event in your area. They have  compiled a list of guides and resources which you might find useful. Community groups, companies and non-profits are all welcome to run a Code Week event.

There are also Code Week Ambassadors on the ground in every country. Get in touch with yours if you’d like to volunteer


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Accidental Damage and Theft insurance cover in schools

July 4th, 2014 by David Tidman

With the continuing growth of 1:1 devices for 21st Century learning in schools firms are scrambling to service this growing valuable sector. A viable 1:1 device solution will require some sort of protection against accidental damage and theft (ADT) of the device and the servicing or replacing of the device in any of these eventualities.

As ADT cover is insurance which is a regulated activity, schools, parents and students are safe in knowing that this is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). They take responsibility over authorised and approved providers of these types of insurance products amongst many other finance and insurance products and they appear on a published register of authorised and regulated providers which includes anyone who provides cover for 1:1 devices for ADT insurance as part of a solution. It costs a lot to become authorised and regulated and it is a big responsibility as either a regulated entity or an appointed representative of one.

You can check the status of providers here to ensure they are FCA registered

(Taken from the NAACE newsletter – July 2014)

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OCR statement on computing assessment tasks for J275

July 4th, 2014 by David Tidman

If colleagues haven’t seen this announcement from OCR about their controlled assessment, here it is

OCR announced on Friday that the controlled assessment tasks supporting the J275 GCSE computing units A452 and A453 were being withdrawn with immediate effect. However after further consideration OCR have issued an updated statement as follows:


The availability of model answers to live controlled assessment tasks for two units of GCSE Computing J275 on a number of public websites means OCR has had to act so that the assessment is not compromised and all students receive the result they deserve.

One course of action that OCR follows if sensitive information such as this is available is to ask public websites to remove the information as soon as possible. After a school got in touch last week to raise its concerns, OCR reviewed the options in line with regulatory requirements.

We have now completed that review – and while there is no suggestion of widespread malpractice – we have to act to avoid the slightest possibility that one candidate could gain an unfair advantage over another. As a result, we have decided that with immediate effect OCR will withdraw the existing controlled assessment tasks and will be replacing them for the next academic year on Interchange by 15 September 2014. To avoid penalising the vast majority of hard-working students and teachers, those candidates who have completed or just started their controlled assessment tasks with entries in June 2015 will still be able to submit their work. Schools and colleges will however be asked to submit the names of their candidates and the tasks for each unit by the end of September, and we will be in touch over the coming weeks with further details. OCR’s examiners will be extra vigilant when overseeing the marking process and will use a range of tools to ensure that no candidate has gained an unfair advantage.

We apologise for the disruption caused by this decision, and for an earlier communication posted in error on our website on Friday before today’s decision was reached. If you have any queries about this notice, please contact the Customer Contact Centre on 01223 553998

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Introduction to Construction and Engineering Careers VC – 8th July

July 3rd, 2014 by Andrew


On July 8th Katie Stafford and colleagues from NG Bailey will introduce Year 10 students to careers in the Construction and Engineering industry. They will discuss different opportunities and career paths including apprenticeships available to school leavers. This will be of particular relevance for Year 10’s interested, or potentially interested, in a more vocational career route

Construction & Engineering: An Introduction to Construction and Engineering Careers by Katie Stafford, NG Bailey on 8th July 2014 between 09.00 and 10.00 click HERE for further information.

The event is free for schools.

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Sion Humpreys confirmed!

June 10th, 2014 by Clare

We ‘re really pleased to announce that Sion Humphreys is confirmed as a keynote speaker at our Assessing the way forward conference on 24th June.

Sion Humphreys, Policy Advisor for the National Association of Headteachers

The NAHT engages with a wide range of governmental and non-governmental bodies, seeking to influence policy in the making and interpreting and analysing policy developments across the entire curriculum range. Sion also leads on curriculum and assessment and in his presentation he will summarise the key changes to assessment and outline the potential impact. He will also share the findings of the Commission on Assessment Report undertaken by the NAHT.

Still time to book a place:

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Meet Mr Twit VC – 9th July 2014 – KS1 & 2

June 9th, 2014 by Andrew

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We have a couple of places still available –  9Th July 2014

Based on Roald Dahl children’s book. Children can hear some of the pranks performed by Mr Twit on his long suffering and maybe hideous wife Mrs Twit.

With a number of challenges and questions posed to the children throughout the session, they will also have the ability to ask questions of Mr Twit about his life and those around him.

Prior to the session Mr Twit will send schools a number of literacy challenges/activates they may like to do and report back to him in the session. i.e. A new recipe for his dinner , design a house for the Muggle-Wump or plan a new nasty trick.

It will be advantages for children to have read the book.

To take part in any of these video conference you will need as a minimum a web cam with microphone and a speaker set connected to a computer running windows on your broadband connection. With this we will be using the FREE video conferencing software Janet Desktop. We can also connect to schools registered with JVCS on their usual video conferencing system or software. YHGfL and some LAs also have systems that can be loaned out if necessary.

YHGfL are able to support any school new or using to the technology and run a number of on-line and face to face workshops throughout the year. See our CPD section on the website :

To Book on this session click HERE

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Childnet Film Competition 2014

June 9th, 2014 by David Tidman

We just wanted to remind you that the deadline for submitting films for the annual Childnet Film Competition is 20th June!


Young people are invited to create a short film to capture their perfect online world. You can see the themes and entry criteria for primary and secondary schools at


All of the shortlisted finalists will be invited to a private screening of their film at the BFI in London, where their film will be shown in front of our judging panel. The young people will be awarded some fantastic prizes for their school/youth group!


Finalists will be notified on the 27th June, with the Film Competition event taking place on 14th July.

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Assessing – the way forward – 24th June – Leeds

May 19th, 2014 by Andrew


24th June 2014 – Leeds United Conference Suite, Elland Road, Leeds, LS11 0ES

Assessment levels have now been removed and will not be replaced. Schools have the freedom to develop their own means of assessing pupils’ progress towards end of key stage expectations.

ICT4Collaboration (ICT4C) and the Yorkshire and Humber Education Challenge are pleased to announce a major regional conference on assessment in schools.

The objectives of this conference are to:

  • Provide senior leaders with the latest information and guidance around National Curriculum assessment arrangements for September 2014.
  • Provide an opportunity to hear from a range of experts and professionals in the field with informed views and thought-provoking examples of practice.
  • Provide an opportunity for school leaders to reflect on the role of technology in providing evidence of assessment.

This conference is aimed at

  • All key stages
  • School leaders
  • Consultants and advisors
  • Commercial providers

Bookings can be made for this conference at

Tel: 0300 303 89 50 (calls are charged at the standard national rate)

Members £120


Second or subsequent members of the same institution £90

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