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Got Apple or thinking of going Apple? Help is at hand

RTC logoLots of our schools are beginning to explore the ideas of using Apple technologies for learning. Many of you have accessed support in visioning, purchasing  and deploying the kit in your schools and have taken the opportunity to draw on the expertise of the CLC team as an Apple Regional Training Centre.


We have some great news for those you you who have already gone down the Apple route or those of you who are thinking about it.

Apple have offered us the opportunity to invite a small number of senior leaders to visioning events throughout the country.

There are some happening alongside BETT and some happening throughout the year. if you would like to receive an invite to one of these events please contact us and let us know what your current level of thinking is so we can ensure that you receive the right invitations.

During BETT there are sessions for people who have devices, and would like inspiration,  and those who are thinking of deploying devices in school.

The first event is on December the 12th at Essa Academy in Bolton. The school has a one to one deployment of iPods to their students.
It would be a very useful visit for senior managers who want to explore the benefits of one-to-one access in their school.

Anti-Bullying Conferences in Full Swing


Farringdon ConferenceToday saw the end of the fourth of five Anti-Bullying Conferences. The conference team recieved a warm welcome from Farringdon School.

Delegates at the conference took part in workshops from CAHMS, the CLC team and the police covering a range of topics around a bullying theme.

There was also a presentation from Mark Lloyd on how to minimise the risk of being a victim of Cyberbullying. Two exciting competitions were launched too to win an iPad for designing an anti-bullying mascot or a synthesizer and recording session for writing an anti-bullying song.

The team aslo issued the challenge for the children who attended to carry the message back to school by running an assembly themselves during ant-bullying week in November.

Links to the primary and secondary presentation Mark used are below.

Primary Presentation

Secondary Presentation

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Got an entry for the song competition?

If you have an entry for the song writing competition upload it here 

Please put it in the anti-bullying competition category.

Sign up now for the Anti Bullying Conferences

phoneThe anti-bullying team are once again running their highly successful Children's Conferences.

The aim of this conferences is to raise awareness around bullying issues and to provide strategies to combat it for children and young people in a variety of settings.

Target Area 

Children and young people in schools and settings and those professionals who support anti bullying.  This may include school council members/ peer leaders and children who would benefit from  the opportunity of attending this conference. As spaces are limited there is a maximum of 4 children and 1 adult from each school or setting.

Read more: Sign up now for the Anti Bullying Conferences

School's Programme for Able Children in Education (SPACE)

The latest catalogue of opportunities for schools has been published. The catalogue has been put together by NERP (North East Partnership for Gifted and Talented. There is also an opportunity to develop your own events, share with other schools and to apply for £200 towards the cost of hosting the event.


New E-Safety Materials for Schools

tukLogoIf you talk to your average school student about e-safety most are pretty clued up when it comes to staying safe in school.

The same is not always true of their use of the web outside of school and their use of Facebook and social media is on the increase.

Sunderland is soon to become a super connected ciity, and we already have the honour of being the facebook capital of the UK, so to help children and their parents make informed choices about how they live their lives online we have put together the Cyber Safe agreement. It is our hope that everyone who lives in Sunderland will sign up to it and follow the simple steps to help us to become the safest online community in the UK.

The agreement is available for download here and is an ideal way to get the conversation between schools, parents and students about the best ways to make sure they are always safe when accessing the web.

If any schools want to access CEOP "Think You Know?" training to help staff get up to speed with current trends in Internet usage by children and young people you can contact us here 

The training will give staff access to the training materials available via the CEOP which are proving very popular with schools.

We can also come into your school to deliver assemblies on cyber bullying and e-safety to students and their parents.

Considering iPads, iPods or Macs in your school

ThinkDifferentFor many years now the City Learning Centre has been an Apple Regional Training Centre (RTC)

This means that the staff are fully clued up with using Apple devices in education.
Recently we have been working with a number of schools who want to move toward incorporating Apple technologies in the classroom either helping with the techy bits of making the stuff work on your network or looking at how the devices can be used to augment your curriculum.


Whatever your aims we'd be delighted to meet you to discuss what the pleasures and pitfalls of going Mac are or simply to explore your options. You can contact Mark or Jane via the ICT helpdesk on 5532010 or email us via the contact form

Handheld Learning at Grangetown Primary

grangetown3webThe CLC team have been working with the highly creative pupils from Grangetown Primary. Staff wanted the pupils to to use their new IPads and IPod touches as a creative and innovative way of demonstrating their learning.
The day started with a simple question. How can we use apps as a way to create things that will help next year's students learn all about Greek myths and legends?
The students, who have been learning all about the Greeks, spent the start of the day being "app evaluators." The CLC team had previously set up the devices with a range of different apps that the children had to investigate and rate according to how good they would be a making a learning resource for next year's year five.
Throughout the morning the pupils became "app" specialists as they experimented with and reviewed a number of new apps to use for multimedia tasks .
The whole idea was to give the pupils a chance to learn for themselves and to test the claim that apps are pretty intuitive to use.
That certainly was the case and in no time at all the children were creating animations, films, ebooks and comics.
Jane Adamson – CLC support teacher commented "It was an amazing day. The pupils learned the apps by working independently and in small groups. What surprised me was how much collaborative working went on. People often assume that handheld devices make learning less collaborative but this is definitely not the case."
There was no doubt that the hand held technology day empowered the pupils to take control of their own learning. The day ended with a showcase of what the children had produced. The school hopes that the pupils will be able to exploit their new skills with the devices to improve their learning next year.
Head teacher Les McAnaney commented, " All in all, an excellent day which served to show our teachers as well as our pupils the potential of the iPod and iPad devices.
As Headteacher, I see this model – ICT consultants coming in to work alongside teachers and children – as an ideal way to introduce new technology. I now feel that our staff and children are much better equipped to make effective use of the technology, in a way which will enhance learning."
If you are thinking about using iPods or iPads in the classroom contact the team at St Roberts CLC to discuss how best to deploy and make effective use of the devices in your school.