New Resource For Black History Month


martini maccomoSunderland was not a lucky place for Martini Maccomo! Martini was mauled in front of a Sunderland audience in 1869 by one of his lions. 'Wallace' - the lion was later bought and promptly stuffed by Sunderland Museum, where he is still on view today. On his next visit to Sunderland Martini sadly died of rheumatic fever and was buried in Bishopwearmouth Cemetery. You can learn more about Martini Maccomo from the 'Black History’ education resource designed for Upper KS2 and KS3 pupils.
The resource has been commissioned by Sunderland International Services to support ‘Black History Month’. Activities explore Sunderland’s links to slavery, our links to Washington DC and how the past can inform how we might work together to support Sunderland as a city of friendship and tolerance. 
Each section has a series of beautifully designed slides with Teacher Notes with an  Image Bank of photographs that can be used to adapt and extend activities. 

The resource has been funded by Sunderland Library Services and was developed with the support of the International Team, Sunderland Museums, the National Trust at Washington Old Hall and Tyne and Wear Museum Service.

You can access the resource here.


Free ICT Conference

The ICT for Education Conference Programme, 2013

In case you haven’t already heard, ICT for Education is hosting a conference and exhibition at the Sports Direct Arena (St James’ Park) in Newcastle on Friday 27 September.  We would be delighted to see you there – but hurry, you need to register now as places are limited and filling fast!

Conference attendance is FREE to all delegates, so don’t miss this opportunity to take part in an informative and entertaining event hosted by ICT for Education, a vendor-independent brand dedicated to making ICT a success in our primary and secondary schools.  The conference runs from registration at 7.45 am to 2.15 pm.  Come for the whole day or come when you can, and please feel free to bring colleagues and share this invitation.

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Additional Dell PCs for UK schools

Notice from Econocom:

Last year Econocom financed and reassigned all the Acer ICT from the Olympic Games to over 600 UK schools and charities.

Channel 4 news article on the project

In t
otal, nearly 16,000 items were reassigned. We still have a school waiting list for over 5,000 PCs from schools that missed out on the legacy of the Games.
As a result, we have managed to source 7,000 Dell PCs from our lease portfolio which will be available to purchase in early November.
The specification is below:

Dell Optiplex 780 Small Form Factor Desktop PC
Intel Core 2 Duo 2.60GHz, 4GB RAM, 160GB Disc

22 inch monitor with keyboard and mouse
Windows 7

The price is the same as for the Olympic ICT at £149 +VAT per system. The minimum order size is 15 units. We will be opening the waiting list on September 1st.

The Olympic PCs sold out in 4 weeks (10,000 units) so we expect there will be a similar interest in this equipment. For those of you on Twitter, I will be tweeting regular updates on the project over the next couple of months (@chrislabrey)

If you have any questions, please get in touch.

Thanks in advance for your support.

Kind Regards

Country Manager - UK & Ireland

Phone:+44 208 939 1240

Mobile: +44 7711 982509

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The British Science Festival comes to Newcastle

BSAtransEurope's largest and most high profile public sector science event is coming to Newcastle in September 2013. The event runs from 7th - 12th September. 350  of the UK's top scientists, engineers and commentators with get together to discuss the latest developments in science and technology with the public. There will be hands on family days, workshops, fun quizzes, science comedy and drama, debates on current hot topics and opportunities to ask the UK"s top scientists questions. 

The website has detailed information about all events taking place. Check out the plan and organise your event programme. Some events require you to book tickets.

For more information visit the website here.

New site for parents puts your school data in the spotlight is a new website launched in May that allows parents to compare schools in your area. The TripAdvisor style site brings key school statistics together in one place from several official websites including the Department of Education and Ofsted making it quick and easy for parents to choose the best school for their child.

Using School Guide parents can:

• Find any school in England with its interactive search

• See current data in a clear visual format on each School Page

• Compare local schools at the touch of a button

• Get a School Guide Rating to see how a school ranks nationally

• Plot performance of a school in the School Guide League

Share knowledge on local schools by adding comments via Facebook or DISQUS

Bright, modern and simple to navigate, School Guide uses colour coding to show types of schools (Primary, Secondary and Independent) and gives each school a unique rating. We know that there are some schools who will be concerned by the fact that parents can openly comment about the school in such a public forum. Why not get ahead of the game by creatiing a prescence for your school on social media sites like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. We can give you advice on how to do it safely and how to you can react to negative comments that you may receive.

School Guide has been shortlisted for a Nominet Award in the Digital Innovation in Public Services category.

Follow School Guide on Twitter @SchoolGuideUK or Facebook