Your Curriculum Innovation Newsletter

  Newsletter 24  16 January 2019  

In this week's newsletter: 

Gaming Festival Mon 2 July - Final day to register interest 29 Mar

We have had a high level of interest from subscriber schools for this exciting new half day event.  If you would like your pupils to be part of the gaming festival either as an entrant to one of the categories or as an entusiastic observer please complete the expression of interest form here by the end of March. 

Easter Minecraft Meets - 3 & 4 April

There are a limited number of places left on the Curriculum Innovation Minecraft holiday sessions during Easter at The Innovation Centre, Little Germany. To find out more and to book a place for your child please visit the Eventbrite booking page by clicking here.

Fortnite Online Game

Schools may be aware that many young people are actively engaged with a game called Fortnite ( - a multi-player online game where children can explore maps and battle against each other. The main game costs around £35 but many young people are playing a free element called Battle Royale where players compete against each other to be the last person standing in player vs player (PVP) combat. Childnet have recently released a blog post explaining the game and some of the potential risks to young people - We suggest you share this with your parents.

David Hockney Gallery shortlisted for prestigious award

Cartwright Hall’s David Hockney Gallery has been shortlisted for a prestigious Museums and Heritage Award. The Bradford Council art gallery is in the running for a Permanent Exhibition Award, which recognises excellence in the creation of a new permanent exhibition. The Curriculum Innovation team would like to congratulate the Museums team on this achievement and are delighted to have assisted in the production of the film which was submitted in the awards application.

Digital Leader Academy - Last 2 places remaining for May Cohort

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

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.

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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