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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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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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Online workshop – Getting started with scratch

September 17th, 2014 by Andrew


Thursday  18th September 2014

The role of programming in ICT has been a key focus over the past few months with the previous Education Secretary, Michael Gove, firmly backing ‘coding’ in the ICT curriculum. This online session will introduce delegates to the freely-available software program that can be used to create games, animations and applications. Delegates will learn the basics of programming in Scratch, looking at how they can be used within the curriculum and get started and using the programming language to create simple games.

After the workshop delegates will have the opportunity to stay on-line for a Q&A /help session if required.

Suitable for key stages 1 and 2 and is cross curricular

Starting at 4:00 this session will last approximately 45 minutes and be conducted through Adobe Connect. All you will need is access to a computer and a set of headphones. If you aren’t sure what to do we will happily run a quick test session with you first.

For further information and to book on this session click HERE

There are two more online workshops continuing this theme at intermediate and advanced levels.

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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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On-line workshop: Getting Started with Video Conferencing

September 3rd, 2014 by Andrew


Date: Mon 15th September 2014
Location: Online via Adobe Connect
Start time: 16:00

Cost: Members: Free Non-Members: £20

To date an increasing number schools are engaging with video conferencing and find that this technology helps them to meet new challenges such as differentiated support for all students, personalisation of learning and cost-effective continuing professional development, both received and delivered. Using this technology has also shown to increase the student engagement through access to experts to support learning.

This course will give attendees the knowledge to be able to work with other schools both locally and internationally through VC and also to be able to take part in ICT4C  VC events such as or next session with Wes Magee.

Starting at 4:00 the session will last approximately 45 minutes and be conducted through Adobe Connect. All you will need is access to a PC and a set of headphones. If your not sure what to do we will happily run a quick test session with you first.

For further information and to book on the course click 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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Getting ready for University – some resources to help students stay eSafe

July 14th, 2014 by David Tidman


Many young adults are now looking forwards to going onto University representing a momentous occasion in their lives, often coupled with leaving home and signifying their first real taste of independence.


The internet will play an integral part in this transition, both in terms of socialising and learning, however some will face online issues such as cyberbullying and trolling, protecting their reputation and their privacy online.  Very often, these situations are compounded as the support systems they have relied upon in school are not as readily available to them anymore.


With this in mind, our colleagues at The South West Grid for Learning have created some brand new fact sheets that school may wish to share with their student communities heading to university. These are designed to provide some useful tips and links and above all provide some food for thought for students to consider their online behaviour and its consequences.


They can be found here:

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