eSafety Update

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(Posted by Fiona)

The last few weeks have seen the release of new eSafety resources. Safer Internet Day 2012 (SID 2012)  takes place on Tuesday 7th February with the theme of Connecting Generations and Educating Each Other. The main event website can be found at, keep checking the resources section, resources for this year’s event should be available in the next week or so.

CEOP ThinkUKnow will be supporting SID 2012 by broadcasting The Parents’ and Carers’ Guide to the Internet, which will be available to stream or download and use during parent information sessions. The video and other resouces will be available from the ThinkUKnow website on the 9th January.

YHGfL have also set up a support page for SID 2012 At present it has videos to support schools in planning an event. Further materials for use on the day will be available shortly.

YHGfL have teamed up with ROAR Educate to offer schools the opportunity to buy an eSafety software product called ‘Grapple’ which can be used by parents and children to help bridge the knowledge gap between different generations. ‘Grapple’ will be offered to YHGfL schools for a discounted rate and ROAR Educate will allow schools to sell the software to parents/carers enabling them to raise funds for the school. More details of this unique opportunity for YHGfL schools will be available in early January. For a sample of Grapple and useful eSafety challenge for parents and pupils, see the ROAR educate website homepage.

The UK Safer Internet Centre have released a new resource to support parents, which fits in nicely with this year’s theme. A Parents’ Guide to Technology is an online guide which includes information on the  safe use of gaming devices, tablets and smartphones.

Important changes to the ICT Self-review Framework

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Naace have emailed all registered users of the Self-review Framework (SRF) to inform them of important changes. You may miss the email if your account is registered at your old Kirklees email address, or if the person who set up the account has left the school. Here are the main points:

From 1 April 2012, the Department for Education will be handing responsibility for the SRF to Naace (the ICT Association). Naace will assume a leadership role in continuing to manage and shape the SRF, so that it remains relevant and useful to schools. All matters relating to its management and governance will be led by Naace, who will want to build on the good work of Becta in developing this valued resource.

Naace currently provides help desk support to users of the existing SRF online tool, and they also manage the ICT Mark Accreditation service. This means that they understand the importance to schools of this service, and will work to ensure that the SRF continues to reflect your needs.

Specifically, from April 2012 Naace will:

  • Consult with schools and other interested parties about how to develop and improve the Self-review Framework to best meet the needs of schools;
  • Provide an online tool that allows schools to record and review how they currently use technology, and plan for improvement;
  • Provide help desk support to users who require assistance in accessing and using the online tool;
  • Continue to provide an accreditation service to those schools who wish to apply for ICT Mark status.

Consent will be required to transfer your account and the associated data to Naace, they will contact you again in the near future to obtain this. If you do not wish to transfer your account, all the associated data will be securely destroyed soon after the 1 April 2012.

You can visit frequently asked questions page (  for answers to many of the common queries; or if you have any further queries not answered by the FAQ, contact Naace by email at or by telephone on 0115 9457234.

Autumn updates

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It seems a long time since I have updated this blog, and much has happened over the last few months. As many of you will know, the Learning Service has now been restructured, and the good news is that both Dughall and I remain in post to support schools with primary ICT and elearning.

The next ICT network meeting will take place at the Deighton Centre on Wednesday 12th October, 1.30 – 3.30pm. A full agenda will be sent out shortly. A full programme of ICT courses is available, full details can be found on Inset Online and on the new Traded Learning website.

FREE Writers Workshops

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Espresso are running FREE Writers Workshops for Kirklees primary schools. The following information comes from Helen Daykin of Espresso:

‘I thought you might want to know that we are running some FREE Writers Workshops in conjunction with the YHGfL.  The workshops are aimed at Literacy and ICT Co-ordinators although anyone with a teaching responsibility is more than welcome to attend.  The workshop looks at how to engage the reluctant writer with the use of digital content using Photo Story and Movie Maker.  The content we use will be taken from Espresso but if a school doesn’t have our service they can use other digital content that they may be using in school.

As well as walking away with many great ideas to use with their pupils at school the attendees can opt for a full 4 week free trail of the Espresso content for their school if they don’t already subscribe.  This is great way of teachers having a look and a try of Espresso with their pupils and teachers in school enabling them to make an informed decision. Schools can just opt for a trial if they aren’t able to make of the half day workshop sessions.’

Here are the full details:


Huddersfield relucant writers flyer

Please book your place using this link:

Yorkshire Vision

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Welcome to the Summer Term! I hope everyone had a lovely Easter break and enjoyed the fantastic weather as much as I did.

YHGfL are offering a new video conferencing opportunity this month, schools wanting to get going with video conferencing may be interested:

Yorkshire Vision

A videoconferencing opportunity in true ‘Eurovision’ style for YHGfL member primary schools. Schools can perform a short song , no longer than 3 minutes in a MFL (French , German or Spanish).

All Schools will watch the other schools perform , then after a short break , vote for the best performance and report back in true Eurovision style – there will be no ‘0 points’. The winning school will then perform their song again. Certificates will be awarded to all schools.

Date: Wednesday 25th May 2011
Time: dependent on the number of schools taking part, 1.00pm to 3.00pm, places are limited.

As usual YHGfL will be able to support any schools new to the technology.
See for a video of a previous year.

Schools will need to be registered here by the 16th May so timings can be allocated.

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