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  Newsletter 29  24 May 2019  


In this week's newsletter:

Edtech Conf 25 June - Registration now open

Delegates have started to register onto this year's English focussed EdTech conference.  Join the team to hear Philip Webb's keynote, entitled 'It's alright when it works', where ideas about how digital and analogue methods can work in harmony in the modern curriculum will be suggested.  The choice of delegate breakouts includes Drama and Technology, The Power of Picures & Poetry, Use of Film, Digital Storytealling and the Use of Tech to Stimulate Learning which will be delivered by a number of guest speakers including Rob Smith, Charlotte Hacking, Julian Wood, Paul Tullock, Alex Fellowes & Tim Bleazard. EducationCity, Pobble and Purple Mash will also be delivering sessions to showcase how their products can enhance the teaching of English in your school. To find out more and to book your place online please click here.  Please note you will need to decide which breakout sessions you would like to attend before registering online.

Steve Dale - Retirement

After 34 years in education, 16 spent in Bradford, Steve Dale is retiring next Thursday 24 May.  Steve has thoroughly enjoyed his time working with teachers and pupils across the region and the team would like to thank him for his invaluable contribution to encouraging a generation of Bradford pupils to immerse themselves in the marvellous world of IT.  He will be paricularly remembered for his Minecraft enthusiasm, website prowess, passion for coding and his annual Santa appearances.  He plans to spend the next 6 months travelling the world before embarking on further studies.  Good luck Steve - you'll be missed!

GDPR - Please resubscribe to the Curriculum Innovation Newsletter

As you may be aware, existing data protection laws are changing on 25 May and are being replaced by the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). We now require your consent to remain subscribed to our Curriculum Innovation Newletters, so if you wish to keep up to date with courses and other useful information about computing in schools we need you to opt in. You will be sent a separate newsletter article with a link to resubscribe - please note if you do not click on the link you will no longer receive further newsletters and your details will be deleted from our distribution list. To see a copy of the Bradford Council privacy notice which the Curriculum Innovation team adhere to please visit the Bradford Council website here - CBMDC Privacy Notice 

Bradford Learning Network new contract launch 

The Bradford Learning Network team are launching BLN4 on the afternoon of Thu 21 Jun when confirmation of the BLN4 suppliers will be announced.  It will give current and potential customers a great opportunity to meet the BLN team and its partners as well as gain a clear understanding of what the new BLN4 contract will include.  The event is aimed at School SLT and Business Managers.  A more technical overview will be delivered to School Network Managers / Technical support companies on Wed 27 Jun.  BLN3 customers will be contacted directly via email next week with further details of the event and a link to the online registration form and the launch will be advertised on Bradford Schools Online.

Gaming Festival - Mon 2 July 

Preparations are well under way for the inaugural Gaming Festival - guest speakers have been invited, trophies are being created and workshops finalised.  There's still time to sign up to attend with your pupils - please click here to find out more and to book your place.  Just a quick reminder that entries need to be submitted on 22 Jun.  If you have any questions at all or need advice to create your games please contact

STEM - Using technology to create an engaging & purposeful Science Curriculum 21& 22 Jun

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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