The Curriculum Innovation Service is a fully traded team within Bradford Council’s Children’s Services. The service is comprised of the Curriculum Innovation Team and the Bradford Learning Network (BLN) bringing together the experience and expertise of educationalists, consultants, technologists and media professionals to consult on a wide range of projects and initiatives. We work in close partnership with schools, communities and local businesses as well as a range of regional and national organisations. We are passionate about the safe, responsible, legal and effective use of connected technologies to encourage lifelong learning through developing successful pedagogies and practice in education and the local community.
We offer a range of provision including:
Creating appropriate schemes of work and teaching materials to enable teachers to meet the needs of the Primary Computing Curriculum.
Developing and modelling 3rd millennium learning pedagogies to raise attainment across the curriculum.
Increasing staff skills, knowledge and confidence of using technology safely and effectively.
Presenting a range of bespoke courses, events, qualifications and conferences.
Delivering research and development projects utilising new and emerging technologies.
Working with regional and national partners to develop and deliver cost effective CPD to build sustainable communities of practice through effective partnerships.
Providing advice and guidance with regard to the secure, safe and responsible use of mobile technologies (specifically iPads).
Access to modern conferencing & training facilities.
Digital media provision including printing, laser etching and filming / editing digital film or online video content.
Providing access to secure, robust and fast internet connectivity.
Supporting the effective deployment of Chromebooks across an organisation including the configuration and management of G Suite.Creation and hosting of blogs
The 2016 - 2017 academic year was another successful year for the team in Bradford and across the region. Several members of the team were able to share the achievements of Bradford schools nationally through presenting at several conferences and events including BETT.
We continue to work with over 80% of Bradford primary schools and other educational establishments across the region through individual subscriptions or partnership subscriptions and educational projects, courses and events.
Many of the activities we have participated in this year are available through our team blog (http://theblog.is/lac/) and Twitter - @curricinnov.
Below is a summary of some of our most successful, popular and new provision; further details can be found throughout the brochure. As usual, we continue to make changes to our provision where necessary to ensure our services meet the needs of our broad range of partners.
This year we have again been successful writing bids with schools to access Enthuse Award funding (https://www.stem.org.uk/project-enthuse) enabling Bradford schools to raise attainment and engagement in the Primary Science Curriculum through the effective use of technology. This has further cemented our long-term relationship with the National Stem Centre in York where we provide a range of CPD around the use of technology to a national audience. Budgets continue to be squeezed and we encourage all schools to visit the STEM CPD website (http://www.stem.org. uk/cpd) where they can access a range of quality CPD in Mathematics, Science and Technology free of charge through successful Enthuse funding applications.
We have maintained our close working relationships with the BFI, CapeUK and Into Film through our nationally renowned Film Literacy projects that have proven impact on attainment and progress in reading and writing at KS2. This year saw the delivery of our first version of this successful provision for KS1 teachers and we will be providing Film Literacy projects for KS2 and KS1 again this year.
We put (e)Safeguarding at the forefront of our provision and are pleased that we have accredited over 10 local schools with the nationally recognised SWGfL E-Safety Mark. A version of our very successful 3 day (e)Safeguarding course is now available through the National STEM Centre at York focusing on the Online Safety Curriculum. Both courses provide a very solid platform for schools to achieve the nationally recognised E-Safety Mark.
The Bradford Learning Network (BLN) team successfully designed and delivered the new BLN3 contract and we are very pleased that the vast majority of Bradford schools continue to access fast, reliable and safe high quality educational broadband. 2016 – 2017 was another great year for
Bradford Digital Leaders resulting in over 25 schools and 100 children becoming part of our Digital Leader Network. Bradford has one of the highest concentrations of accredited Digital Leaders in the country and this year we have increased our provision to include the Advanced Digital Leader Academy Programme to develop the capability of existing Digital Leaders.
We understand schools are finding it increasingly difficult to invest in new technologies and give their children access to activities encouraging creativity and problem solving with physical computing devices. We have developed a range of provision that can be delivered at the centre or at your school around the theme of Digital Making. This allows children to utilise skills and understanding of virtual environments and apply them to solve problems in the real world through activities including 3D printing and laser etching. These activities are perfect for teaching Maths and English in a purposeful way through enterprise projects.