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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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Natural History Museum videoconferences: Popocatepetl Volcano (Mexico)

January 22nd, 2013 by Andrew


Starting this Friday, 25 January, there are still spaces to join videoconferences with Natural History Museum Scientists who are about to embark on fieldwork to Popocatepetl volcano in Mexico. This will be followed by a videoconference live from Mexico on Monday 4 February.

For more details, go to:

 To book, email:

 Popocatepetl is the 2nd highest volcano in North America and one of the most currently active in the world. It sits within a 1000km long zone of variable volcanic activity called the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt that extends from the Pacific coast to the Gulf of Mexico

This exciting project will undertake a detailed sampling of this constantly erupting volcano, collecting samples representative of its entire volcanic. Join us to discover how science works in such a high risk environment and the benefits this data brings to society.

As usual YHGfL can support any of it’s member school new to this technology email

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Get ready for National Poetry Day 2012

September 7th, 2012 by Andrew

STARS is the theme for 2012’s National Poetry Day,  on Thursday October 4th.

It’s a day for poetry readings, events, competitions, quizzes, exhibitions, commissions, creations, recitations and more, all planned and launched by the poets and poetry lovers of the UK. Find NPD on Facebook, follow the Tweets for updates and announcements.

Click HERE to visit the NPD website for more information, resources and events around the country.

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Don’t Forget ……..

Schools in our region will be able to celebrate with a FREE  live Video Conference  to local poet and author David Harmer. A couple of spaces are still available click HERE for further information and booking details. David’s Happy working with all keystage and can taylor the sessions round any  subject or theame.

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Free Video Games Workshops!

May 16th, 2012 by Clare

2nd – 6th July at Magna Rotherham

Yes that’s right – free, which is why there’s not much time get book your places. This is a national event with schools from all over the country taking part but as it’s in Rotherham, we’d like to make sure that YHGfL schools make the most of this fantastic opportunity. Sign up for as much or as little as you want. Take your pupils or just go yourself, it’s all free and runs over 5 days so loads to choose from:

  • 5 days of hands-on interactive and inspiring workshops and lectures from leading figures in education and industry.
  • Fully inclusive workshop schedule – from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 5.
  • A fully engaged curriculum – Coding/Programmer/Computer Science, Art, Maths, Physics, English, Drama.
  • 750+ workshop places and 2000+ activity places – applications encouraged from schools across the country.
  • 250 CPD opportunities for teachers and educators to develop existing and new digital skills taking game creation back into the classroom.
  • Industry-lead careers surgeries, vital advice and guidance for schools and young people.

For every you need to get the most out of this event, visit the website or download the Planning Your Visit document. They’ve even done your visit risk assessment for you!

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2012 Childnet Film Competition Launched

April 17th, 2012 by Clare

Following the fantastic success of the last 2 years, Childnet have just announced the launch of their third annual Film Competition for young people aged 7-16.

The shortlisted finalists from each category will be invited to go to London on Monday 9th July where they will attend a private screening of their film at the British Film Institute. The winners will receive lots of fabulous prizes for their school!

 At a glance

Competition opens: Monday 16th April 2012 @ 9am

Competition closes: Friday 15th June 2012 @5pm

Finalists notified: Friday 22nd June 2012

Screening & finalist event: Monday 9th July 2011

For more information and to register visit the Childnet website:

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Tickets for Games Britannia now available!

April 17th, 2012 by Clare


Tickets for workshops, talks and for entry into the REPLAYED arena are now available to Games Britannia registrants on a first-come-first-served basis.

Additions To The Schedule

Games Brittania are delighted to announce that Alex Warren will be delivering two Creative Writing/Literacy/Puzzle Solving workshops using Quest his free Text Adventure creation tool, and Bruce Grove, the General Manager of OnLive UK will be talking about the future of gaming – specifically cloud based systems that are set to revoluntionise how we play videogames at home and on the move.

Star Wars videogame writer comes to Sheffield

A Sheffield Hallam University graduate who now lives in Austin, Texas, is returning to the city to pass on her experiences of working on one of the world’s largest multiplayer online video games.

Jo Berry, who studied a master’s in creative writing at Sheffield Hallam, is a writer on Star WarsTM: The Old RepublicTM, a ‘massively multiplayer online role-playing game’ based in the Star Wars universe.

For more information and to book your free places:

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Ian Livingstone OBE to open Games Britannia

March 15th, 2012 by Clare

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UK’s founding father of interactive entertainment to open videogame festival

The co-author of the Livingstone-Hope Next Gen report in 2011, which prompted the government to address ICT in schools, will officially open the Games Britannia videogames education and careers festival in July.

Ian Livingstone OBE, co-creator of the Fighting Fantasy series of interactive adventure books, has given the festival organisers the go-ahead to run a Fighting Fantasy themed workshop. The session, which Ian will help facilitate, will show children how interactive fiction can bring the art of story-telling to videogames.

Ian said: “Interactive fiction is becoming more prevalent in games as players look for deeper, more engaging story-telling and increased scope for decision-making.

“The Games Britannia festival will give children a real look at how videogames involve writing skills and story-telling to create interactive fiction. I hope the Fighting Fantasy workshops will promote a passion for literature and encourage sometimes reluctant readers and writers to …read and write!”

The Fighting Fantasy series of workshops will showcase a new interactive fiction tool, created with writers and schools in mind and completely free of charge, by new creative start-up company inkle

Created by a pair of former videogame developers, Jon Ingold and Joseph Humfrey, inklewriter requires no set-up, no programming and no drawing diagrams – and it enables young people to write and share interactive literature.

Co-creator Jon Ingold said: “Before founding inkle, Joe and I both worked in the videogame industry and we know first-hand the importance of events like Games Britannia, to get kids thinking about how games work and how they’re made.

“It’s a real treat for us to be involved, especially in collaboration with Ian and Fighting Fantasy. We can’t wait to see what the students make with our inklewriter tool!”

Ian Livingstone will also be showcasing his brand new Fighting Fantasy title at the festival, called Blood of the Zombies.

The videogames education and careers festival will take place from 2 to 8 July at the MAGNA Science Adventure Centre, and will celebrate the strength of the UK industry and inspire the next generation of British videogame talent. The festival includes Games Britannia: REPLAYED, which opens the Games Britannia doors to the public for a weekend of games-based learning and entertainment.

Games Britannia, incorporating Games Britannia: REPLAYED, is organised by a partnership including Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, Sheffield Hallam University, Brinsworth Comprehensive School Academy Trust, Replay Events and UK Interactive Entertainment, and is backed by industry companies including Sony Computer Entertainment Europe.

To find out more about the festival, visit

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Behind Enemy Lines – videoconferences focused around outstanding women

March 12th, 2012 by Andrew

For International Women’s Day the National Archives are highlighting two of their videoconferences focusing around outstanding women of the 20th century.

In ‘Behind Enemy Lines’, introduce students to Noor Inayat Khan, a member of the Special Operations Executive (SOE), played by a historical interpreter. SOE was established by Winston Churchill during the Second World War to conduct guerrilla warfare against the Axis powers: in his words, to “set Europe ablaze”.

The KS2 students will take the role of ‘trainee agents’ and learn about SOE and Noor’s  experiences in Occupied France as well as working with the genuine SOE training syllabus offered to wartime recruits.

More information, including a resource pack for this session, is available from:

In the ‘Lawmakers and Lawbreakers’ session, KS3 students are transported back to 1913 as journalists attending a press conference being held by Prime Minister Herbert Asquith, a staunch opponent of votes for women and a militant suffragette, both played by costumed interpreters.

Sparks will fly as your students’ questions, based on evidence from original documents held at the Archives, provoke sharp debate between the two sides.

You can find out more at:

If you’re interested in making a booking please drop  an email to  education(at)

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Have your say on the ICT Curriculum before it’s too late!

March 12th, 2012 by Clare

You have until April 11th 2012 to respond to the government consultation on removing the duty on  schools to follow the information and communication technology (ICT) Programmes of Study, Attainment Targets and statutory assessment arrangements from September 2012. Here are the questions which you are invited to respond to:

1a)  Do you agree with the Government’s proposal that the statutory Programmes of Study for ICT should be disapplied in maintained schools in Englandfrom September 2012?
1b) Do you agree with the Government’s proposal that the statutory Attainment Targets for ICT should be disapplied in maintained schools in Englandfrom September 2012?
1c) Do you agree that the statutory assessment arrangements for ICT at Key Stage 3 should be disapplied in maintained schools in Englandfrom September 2012?
2a) What would be the likely impact in schools of disapplying the existing Programmes of Study and Attainment Targets?
2b) How might this vary between different types of school or differentially affect different groups of pupils?
3a) Do you agree that schools should be encouraged to deliver a more challenging, rigorous, discipline-related curriculum in ICT, especially by focusing on the foundational principles and practices of computer science?
3b) How can schools be best supported to engage with the ICT industry and subject associations in curriculum development, in order to develop innovative and creative approaches to ICT teaching, including the teaching of computer science?
4) Do you have any other comments you would like to make about the proposals in this consultation document?

To have your say, follow the link below:

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Nature Live in the Field – Videoconferences with the NHM

February 6th, 2012 by Andrew

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Great sessions for National Science Week..

Follow Museum scientists as they travel to Costa Rica to research the natural world with Nature Live in the Field.

Your pupils take part in online events with scientists before they embark on fieldwork, communicate with them when they’re out there, and then hear about their results when they return.

The Nature Live team host the events and set your pupils challenges to compare their local habitat with the remote places that the scientists visit.

These bookable videoconferences and online forums are FREE and have curriculum links appropriate for Key Stage 2,3,4 and post-16.

click HERE to visit the NHM website and booking information.

If you have never been involved in a video conference session before you’ll be amazed at just how easy it can be! For further support and advice why not email us at YHGfL  contact(at)

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JCS – National Libraries Day competition

January 11th, 2012 by Andrew

Win a free annual subscription for your school!

To celebrate National Libraries Day on 4th February 2012, JCS Online Resources is running a competition which is open to all secondary schools and 6th Form Colleges in the UK and abroad.

The six best entries as judged by the JCS team will win a year’s free subscription to one of the following online resources:

    • Bridgeman Education 355,000+ copyright cleared images providing access to the visual culture of every civilization and period from prehistory to the present.
    • The Royal Society of Chemistry’s Chemistry World and Education in Chemistry – Two magazines which present authoritative review articles on a wide variety of chemical topics, from historical to state-of-the-art chemistry for teachers and students.
    • Credo Reference – A multi-publisher online reference library offering a wide range of innovative features.
    • eChalk – A broad and expanding range of curriculum-mapped games, puzzles, simulations and starter activities.
    • Keesing’s World News Archive (including a 2012 print subscription) – A comprehensive, concise and regularly updated record of the world’s most important political, social and economic events since 1931.
    • Scran – 360,000 images, sounds, movies and learning resources copyright-cleared for educational use.

Entries of no more than 500 words may be submitted from students, teachers and librarians from a school or 6th Form College in the UK or Worldwide:


  • Describe how your use of online reference resources has helped and enhanced your teaching, and the benefits that have been gained by you and your students. How do you determine the quality of the online resources you use?


  • How do you use online reference resources to help your studies, what do you like about them and how do you make sure the information is reliable?

Hints: Homework help? More fun than books? Quicker/easier? I can use my phone? Internet searches might not be right? Etc…


  • How has the introduction of online reference resources to your library collections helped enhance the service you provide to your school? Describe their key benefits and how you evaluate their quality.

To enter the competition, follow this link and circulate it to your teaching staff and students! Print off this poster to promote the competition in your staff room, library and school notice boards.

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