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Anti-Bullying Strategy

Anti-Bullying Strategy

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Latest advice to help you and your learners stay safe.

SEN Zone

Advice and support for SENCOs

Free History Course


Enriching the curriculum

Dli museum, Durham City 20 May 1230 – 1500

Classroom teachers and leaders of history and humanities at KS2 and KS3 are invited to a FREE half day event at the dli museum to explore ways in which collaborative school projects, the museum service and local archives can help pupils better understand the human face of conflict.
The session will be led by museum staff with support from Durham County Archives. Pupils from Parkside Academy will also profile their EU funded historical investigation project with partners in a French school.

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Do you support iPads in your school?

The Learning Technologies Innovation Team - in association with AT Computers are offering an IOS deployment course on the 2nd of April at the Learning Technologies Innovation Team base (110) at Monkwearmouth Academy. Please see the attached flyer for details. `Should you wish to book a place please contact AT Computers directly as outlined in the flyer.

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App Licensing and School iPads

apple-ipad-mini-prWhen your school makes the move to mobile devices and buys a set of iPads it is important that you understand that setting them up in a school is different to setting them up for use at home.

At home you take your shiny new iDevice and connect it to iTunes. With iTunes and the app store you can share the apps you purchase between all of the devices you own up to a maximum of six. Apple also allow you to use Family Sharing so that other members of your family can share a single iTunes account. With Family Sharing its much easier for you to manage which apps your family have on their devices - particulalrly useful if you have young children with a device each as you only have to purchase their favourite apps once. You could even set up one device - save a backup to iTunes and restore it to another so that the apps and setup of both devices is identical. 


Things are very different if you are a school. If you buy iPads for use in school you could technically use the same route as if you were a family but your apps wouldn't be licenced. Much in the same way as you can't use  home licence for windows on your PCs.

In schools you must ensure that you have a copy of every app for every device that will have that app installed. The way you purchase apps is through something called the Volume Purchasing Program.

Once your school has registered for VPP and added your credit card details into the system you can purchase app licenses to use in school. The good news is that if you buy 20+ apps you will get them at a  discount. This typically runs at around 50% of the original price. 

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What We Did For SID

The 10th of February was Safer Internet Day. Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration saw over 800 organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. A number of schools in the city ran special events and we launched our updated Cyber Dafe Agreement. What did you do? 


Biddick Primary


Kicked of SID with a whole school assembly then each class took part in SID activities throughout the day, such as: EYFS learned Smartie the Penguin’s ‘Think before You Click’ song, Y4 created a display of their digital footprints and Y6 produced an imovie (see photos) where they promised to do digital good deeds.

  • All of KS2 took home a cyber-bullying leaflet to share with their parents and the whole school took a homework task involving ‘Paper People Pledges’

New resource for Safer Internet Day

SID2015How will you be marking Safer Internet Day on the 10th of February? Maybe you have a special event planned or you are devoting your lessons to helping your students stay safe on line. To help you out we are launching our updated parent's e-safety leaflet and Cyber Safe agreement. 

We can't believe its nearly two years since we launched the first agreement and things have most definately moved on. The information has been updated and the Cyber Safe agreement has been expanded to cover online gaming with our new "Play Fair" addition. Why "Play Fair"? We are finding more and more that issues arise in schools between pupils who have played against each other online and bring their confilicts into the classroom. The problem has been particulalry prevalent in Primary Schools where boys are playing games aimed at adults against older players. Sadly older players are not setting a good example for how to behave and younger players are copying them.

We have also added a tear off slip to the agreement so that schools can keep a record of who has signed up and families can keep a copy of the agreement for reference -  Could be one for the fridge door. You can download the updated stuff here. 

Sunderland One World Party

low res One World PartyWhy not come along to the Sunderland One World Party at the Museum and Winter Gardens Saturday the 25th of October from 11am-3pm. Entry is free.

Celebrate our global community with music, food, children's crafts and fair trade stalls

The content from MFL Sunderland has moved

We've had a lot of emails expressing concern that MFL Sunderland had disaapeared. We were in the process of moving the content into the hub but Claire has now moved the site to a new location at

We wish her every success with the new site.