Your Curriculum Innovation Newsletter

  Newsletter 26  16 January 2019  


In this week's newsletter:

Save the Date - Edtech Conference 25 June 2018

The Curriculum Innovation team are excited to announce that they have secured Philip Webb to deliver the keynote address at their Educational Technology Conference to be held on 25 June at The Innovation Centre Bradford. The focus of the conference is to reiterate how the English curriculum can be delivered creatively and effectively using technology and delegates will have the choice of attending a number of breakouts from invited speakers. Further details of the conference and how to book your place will be announced shortly.

Gaming Festival - Mon 2 July 

Our inaugural Gaming Festival takes place on 2 July. We have lots of resources for subscriber schools to help your game creation such as the Game Maker’s Toolkit for Scratch. This is a collection of How to videos for arcade style game creation which will help children to create their own personalised games independently. You can access the teacher version by logging in to and clicking on this link.  A pupil version can be accessed by visiting This version is password protected - please email for the password.

If you have not yet registered but would be interested in attending please visit to find out more and to book your place.

Catholic School Partnership Subject Leaders Meeting - 21 May

As part of our remit to the CSP we are holding the first CSP Computing Subject leader's meeting on 21 May at St Joseph’s Keighley from 9:30-12:00. If you work in a CSP school and would like to attend, contribute or suggest an agenda item please email

Robot Rally Opportunity for Primary Pupils

For today’s primary school children their adult world will include autonomous cars, buses and trucks. Bradford is a leading centre for the development of self-driving cars and their software. Robot Rally's first steps will introduce your pupils to models of self-driving cars. You will get a working model car with basic software and a track. The challenge for your pupils is to hack into the Scratch software (developed for primary schools) to make it go quicker. How do you use the 5 sensors to keep on the line and react to sharp changes in direction without falling off the line and getting lost?

This opportunity is for Y5/6 pupils - if you are interested in taking part we have a teacher's introduction event on Tue 22 May at 4pm at the Innovation Centre Bradford. Click here to register. A Face to Face Event Robot Rallying First Steps will take place at The Innovation Centre on Thu 5 July at 9am. For further information contact John Baruch, Project Lead, on 07899022049 or email John on

Digital Skills Survey

Win a £50 Amazon Voucher by telling us about your digital skills! The DECODE project is a European funded initiative which is looking into how digital technology is used in education. As part of this, we have launched a survey to find out more about the digital skills of those working with young people. The short survey can be found here. All those who complete the survey will be entered in a prize draw to win a £50 Amazon voucher. For more information about the project visit here

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 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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