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  Newsletter 22  16 January 2019  

In this week's newsletter: 

GDPR & Online Safety event - Book your place!

The Curriculum Innovation service have organised a GDPR and Cyber Security update event to be held on the morning of Friday 23 March - see attached flyer for details of the 2 invited guest speakers & an outline of the 3 sessions that will be delivered. If you would like to attend please click here to book your place.  The cost of the session is £50 for Curriculum Innovation subscriber schools or £65 for non-subscribers.

Gaming Festival Mon 2 July - Expression of Interest

An expression of interest form for this half day event has been sent to all subscriber schools who have Premium Services as part of their package. At this stage we simply want to let you know the date and we would like to know whether your school will be attending – either as an entrant to one of the categories or as an enthusiastic observer.  We are excited about this new festival and really want to encourage all our subscriber schools to take part.  If you would like to attend please complete the expression of interest form by clicking here – we need commitment from a minimum number of schools to go ahead so please make sure you register your interest.  Your responses will form the shape of the day. The deadline for completing the form is Thursday 29th March.

STEM CPD Opportunity - Using technology to create an engaging & purposeful Science Curriculum

This 2 day residential course to be delivered at The National STEM Centre York is being held on 21 & 22 June. Your school may be eligible for a bursary to cover the full cost of this high impact CPD - to find out more about how this works visit This CPD will allow you to explore various forms of digital technology and their applications for use in science. We will look at educational apps, recording, presenting and data handling software and examine how these tools can be used independently by children to support their own learning. This is a residential course, fees include meals and accommodation for the duration of the course. To find out more and to book your place click here.

Digital Leader Academy - Last few places remaining 

Registration is open for the final Digital Leader Academy of this academic year.  A member of staff and 6 pupils attend 2 half day training sessions, a celebration event and receive a school visit. Included is full support for staff and children for a year through the online Edmodo platform and the award of Digital Leader virtual badges and certificates for achievements completed by the pupils. Visit here to find out more and to book your place. The dates of the final cohort are as follows:-

Session 1 01/05/2018 09:15 - 12:00
In school visit (TBC)
Session 2 03/07/2018 09:15  12:00
Celebration Events will take place on 17/07/18

Easter Minecraft Meets - 3 & 4 April

The Curriculum Innovation team is delivering Minecraft holiday sessions during Easter at The Innovation Centre, Little Germany. Please could you promote these sessions by copying the text below into your school newsletter. 

Bradford Council’s Curriculum Innovation team is delivering Minecraft Meets during the Easter Holiday at our Innovation Centre in Little Germany. The meets are being held on Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th April and are repeated four times.   The sessions are different in content to all previous Minecraft Meets that have been hosted and are designed to allow your Minecraft enthusiasts the opportunity to work independently or to collaborate with fellow minecrafters to build worlds, create characters and solve problems using imagination, creative thinking and teamwork.

To find out more and to book a place for your child please visit the Eventbrite booking page by clicking here.

Education for a Connected World

Today’s children and young people are growing up in a digital world. As they grow older, it is crucial that they learn to balance the benefits offered by technology with a critical awareness of their own and other’s online behaviour, and develop effective strategies for staying safe and making a positive contribution online. This framework describes the skills and understanding that children and young people should have the opportunity to develop at different ages and stages. It highlights what a child should know in terms of current online technology, its influence on behaviour and development, and what skills they need to be able to navigate it safely. The framwork enables the development of teaching and learning as well as guidance to support children and young people to live knowledgeably, responsibly and safely in a digital world. It focuses specifically on eight different aspects of online education:
1. Self-image and Identity
2. Online relationships
3. Online reputation
4. Online bullying
5. Managing online information
6. Health, wellbeing and lifestyle
7. Privacy and security
8. Copyright and ownership
The framework aims to support and broaden the provision of online safety education, so that it is empowering, builds resilience and effects positive culture change. The objectives promote the development of safe and appropriate long term behaviours, and support educators in shaping the culture within their setting and beyond. Download it here

In School Provision Opportunities

It is sometimes difficult to teach more complex parts of the Computing Curriculum, particularly certain aspects of Computer Science. As part of our service we can bring the world of computing into your school as we offer a variety of computer based activities to stimulate, educate and engage your pupils with the Computing Curriculum:-

Augmented and Virtual Reality, Film Making, Games Creation, Interactive Writing, Music Making, Physical Computing, Robotics

These activities can be delivered in a variety of ways:-

Whole class teaching , Coding Clubs during the school day or after school , School holiday sessions. Please visit our dedicated pages for more information.



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