your_health'Your Health' is the brand in Sunderland for improving communications to young people and their families in relation to key health messages (around drugs, alcohol, sexual health, bullying, mental health, healthy lifestyles, smoking, sun and sunbed safety and more...).  This work was initiated by the Children's Trust and will link to improving key health outcomes around Risk and Resilience.


A dedicated website will offer 15-24 year olds:

Read more: YOUR HEALTH

Free Technology Gems - Microsoft event

Thursday November 18th, 10 am to 3 pm, Microsoft Reading

Generously sponsored by Microsoft and free to participate, including a sandwich lunch.

Join us at this one day event for a dynamic and fast-moving introduction to some of Microsoft's free resources that will appeal to all teachers.

The day will include up to 11 presentations on tools you can download from the Microsoft website, with ideas for how to use them in the classroom.  These include the latest creativity and development tools, and software that enhances your existing Microsoft products.

Participants will also have access to Vital TechSnax, click-through e-learning content, from which you can easily find the links to all the software and resources introduced during the day.

 All participants to the IT Specialist events will have access to forums on the Vital community website after the event where facilitators and employers will be available to discuss the event and support the use of learner-facing materials in the classroom.
 Places are limited so early booking is recommended. Book your free place online by clicking here or by visiting the IT Specialists' area of the Vital website. 

E-Safety Training For All Schools

tukLogoNot many people are aware that Sunderland is the most connected city in the country and that if Facebook - currently the third biggest country in the world - had a capital city it would be us too. Young people's involvement in using the web as a communication tool can present fantastic opportunities for collaboration and learning.
It can also present challenges to those young people who are not aware of how to stay safe online.

Read more: E-Safety Training For All Schools

Want to share media online?

We have recently installed a streaming media server which you can access via the network. It will allow you to upload mutimedia content that can be made available to students in your school.

View it as a kind of YouTube for Sunderland schools with a lot of extra features that will really help in using rich media content in your lessons.

Not only does the system allow you to upload videos, but it also allows you to tag specific sections of videos to create lesson playlists. These can be shared with other teachers via the system.

Missed a great programme on TV last night that would have been great to use in your lesson?

Don't worry because the media server captured it.

We are currently recording the last seven days of most major freeview channels and you can transfer any programme to the system with the click of a button. The programme will then be available on the system for you to bookmark and use in your lesson. In order to access this feature your school must have a CLA licence in place

The system can also create slideshows from photo collections too.

If you want ot have a username and password setup for your school please contact us

Watch this Learning Space!


Learning Space is a new development of the VLE with advanced functionality.

All of the features from the existing system are there along with a more user friendly customisable interface and useful built in applications that allow you to perform basic tasks like word processing without having to have special software installed on your system.
If you would like to test the new interface with students at your school click here