Network with other teachers and share ideas

Information for Early Years Practicioners

Knetic Education

Helping schools make effective use of learning technologies

Anti-Bullying Strategy

Anti-Bullying Strategy

Support for Newly Qualified Teachers

Advice and support for Newly Qualified Teachers

Latest advice to help you and your learners stay safe.

SEN Zone

Advice and support for SENCOs

Turn your student's parents into digital families

‘Digital Families’ is a unique by project designed to help every school
support their children’s learning through greater parental engagement.

Delivered by Campaign for Learning in partnership with the e-Learning Foundation and supported by the Nominet Trust this is a major national programme available to all schools that wish to take part. Research evidence across a wide range of studies confirms that parental engagement and interest in their children’s learning has a major influence on the child’s academic achievements. The challenge for schools is how to support their families to express that engagement and interest effectively.

Digital Families’ is a dynamic programme that will excite pupils, parents and staff about using new media and technology to support learning.

The e-learning foundation are extending an invite to every school to take part in the programme and we have set up a series of training days around the country to help schools implement the programme.

It costs nothing to take part – except your time and commitment – but the benefits to your children and their families can be spectacular.

The training days are in September but we strongly recommend registering now to ensure your place. More information is available here

Grant to fund 1-2-1 access to technology for your students

e-Learning Foundation Grant Round 17


The e-Learning Foundation is pleased to invite affiliated schools (for 2012/2013) to apply to our new grants round.  The terms & conditions are different to previous rounds so applicants are advised to read carefully the details below.


What the grant is for

The grant is intended to help the e-Learning Foundation collect data from schools on the impact of 1:1 access in terms of learners’ outcome data before and after, using their standard measures of progress. Schools will be required to set out in their application the base data they will provide at the start, their forecast of how the children would normally be expected to progress, and the methodology to monitor pupils’ performance over an appropriate period of time.


We are also very interested in understanding how the Pupil Premium is being deployed in schools and we will want to know what role it plays in your e-learning programme.


Values have been set at £5,000 for Secondary Schools and £2,000 for Primary Schools.


We also have some funding specifically restricted to schools in the following areas:

Lambeth. Hackney, Westminster, Newcastle, Gateshead, Wiltshire and Suffolk.


Read more: Grant to fund 1-2-1 access to technology for your students

Adobe Creative Week 9 - 13th July 2012


This is the UK's first ever Creative Week. Register now and join in interactive debates, creative challenges and demonstrations broadcast live online.


What's on offer?


Monday 9th July Creative Industry Overview    Can creativity help drive the UK out of recession?
Tuesday 10th July Design and Publishing Can print and tablet publishing co- exist?
Wednesday 11th July    Film and Video Do smaller budgets make for more original content?
Thursday 12th July Web and Mobile Should developers be a Jack of all Trades or the Master of One?
Friday 13th July Photography and Imaging Is digital photography all tech and no talent?


Have your say #CreativeWeekUK


Bronze & Silver Arts Award Adviser Training

Arts Award
Do you work with young people? Are you interested in generating opportunities for young people to explore their creativity? Arts Award is a national qualification, which supports young people to develop as artists and arts leaders and The Forge provide Arts Award adviser training offering one-day training courses for adults based in the North-East.

Read more: Bronze & Silver Arts Award Adviser Training

Welcome to the Training Hub

teacher appleTogether for Children, and selected partners, provide a comprehensive range of standard and bespoke school improvement services, designed to raise the achievement of children by improving the quality of leadership, teaching and support in schools, academies and other educational settings.

The professional development opportunities offered through our CPD programme are designed to support school, academy and early years' staff, at all stages of their career, to enhance and broaden their professional skills, knowledge and understanding. Through a range of activities, participants are able to share good practice and network with colleagues from across the region.
We have reviewed and developed our course booking service to make it more flexible, effective and accessible to all.

We are expanding the course booking system to list courses provided by Schools in the City too. If you want to discuss how you can list courses on the Training Hub please contact us


Should you have any comments regarding the website your first point of contact should be Sandhill Admin (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

To get started, click the course list at the top of the page.
In order to make a booking you must have registered an account with the system you can do that here

Please note - when you register with the system you will receive two emails, one confirming your username and password and another with an activation link. Some users have reported that the activation link goes to their SPAM folder.
Please check your SPAM folder first if you don't appear to have recieved your activation link.

For general booking enquiries

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Telephone: 0191 561 2052

Help your students get online with the get online @ home programme

New GetOnline@Home Programme…now LIVE!


As part of Microsoft's aim to help the UK’s remaining 8.2 million offline people get online, they’ve added a new offer! 

You can now get an amazing PC and broadband deal…with prices starting at just £49!  Martin Lewis at Money Saving Expert sees the value of this as well: more information please visit this site.

This could be the ideal opportunity for students without access to technology at home to gain access.

Please circulate information on the programme to anyone you think would be interested and eligible.

Refurbished desktop computers can be bought for as little as £99 and laptops for £169 (if you are in reciept of the benefits below.

  • Housing Benefit
  • Income Support
  • Jobseeker's allowance
  • Pension credit
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Attendance Allowance / Constant Attendance Allowance
  • Incapacity Benefit / Employment and Support Allowance
  • Disability element of Working Tax Credit

If you aren't on any of the benefits shown you can still get desktops for £149 and laptops for £199. There are also a range of excellent low priced broadband deals too.


Latest News From Microsoft

Microsoft Lync in the Classroom – Thursday April 19th in Manchester!

This promises to be a great event, specifically looking at the power of Lync and how this can be used in Schools.  If you haven’t done so already then please register here.  If the registrations are full then send me an email and I will see what I can do.  I’ll be there talking about School in a Box as well, so I hope to see you!

Move your School to the Cloud this Summer with Office 365 – LiveMeeting on May 10th 

In case you aren’t aware, your School will be deploy Office 365 (Exchange, SharePoint and Lync) to staff and students for FREE this summer!  We’re setting up a webinar on the 10th May to help you understand your options…and we’ll be running a series of events later in May where you can meet the team directly.  I will keep you posted on more information!

Nviron Event – The Public and Private Cloud, Friday 11th May in Blackburn

You may have heard of terms such as Public Cloud, Private Cloud, Software as a Service, Infrastructure as a Service etc… well this event looks at the difference, what the opportunity is for schools, and what Nviron can do to help, as a Microsoft Gold Partner.  If you would like to book your place then please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to confirm your place. 

Dreamspark Week:

This week is Dreamspark week!  You’ll see lots of activity on Twitter and our blog sites etc…but to kick this off, have a look at this video to hear about what Dreamspark is. 

Links to be aware of:

  • The Windows 8 Consumer Preview is out (a BETA for consumers) and available for download now!  If you haven’t done so yet, I would really encourage you to take a look here.
  • Office 365 30 day trial.  If you are looking to prepare for a potential summer move to the cloud, have a look at Office 365.  You can download a free 30 day trial here in preparation for summer availability!
  • Dreamspark is free for schools and available here

Free Cycle Training For your School

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.That's How We Roll Training are currently offering free bikeability level 2 training to children and young people between the ages of 9-18, for more information and booking details please contact Gary at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.