Our approach

Our approach

Connected Learning Centre is part of Education Development Trust and we support schools and other settings in using digital technologies creatively and critically. We provide outstanding curriculum support, technical services and professional development.

We aim to embed technology use into all areas of the curriculum, following the principle that every young person deserves the digital skills and critical mindset necessary to prepare them for life. Our curriculum workshops and professional development programmes are effective, engaging and always based on sound pedagogical research. Our technical team offers expert, independent advice with best value in mind.

"We’ve been working with a CLC support package for a couple of years now to develop the curriculum. It’s brilliant. It keeps me up to date with the latest technology and the pedagogy of how to teach these concepts to children."

Computing subject leader,
Oakfield Prep school

"The CLC’s provision of a joined-up technical and curriculum support service has become an integral part of everyday school life at Hillmead."

Deputy headteacher,
Hillmead Primary School

"The CLC’s provision of a joined-up technical and curriculum support service has become an integral part of everyday school life at Hillmead. The CLC’s technicians have completely transformed the school’s infrastructure and we always have confidence that procurement advice is provided not only with independence and value for money in mind, but also primarily how the equipment can aid our delivery of the curriculum."

Deputy headteacher,
Hillmead Primary School

"The CLC’s provision of a joined-up technical and curriculum support service has become an integral part of everyday school life at Hillmead. The CLC’s technicians have completely transformed the school’s infrastructure and we always have confidence that procurement advice is provided not only with independence and value for money in mind, but also primarily how the equipment can aid our delivery of the curriculum."

Deputy headteacher,
Hillmead Primary School

"CLC is the best technical and curriculum support team I have worked with in the 15 years I have been involved in education."

Deputy head and computing subject leader,
St Jude’s CofE Primary
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30/09/21,
16:00
- 17:00
KS1, KS2
Computing subject leaders, Headteachers...
New to subject leadership in primary computing: Session 1

This programme is designed for primary teachers who have recently taken on responsibilities and leadership for technology and computing. It will cover curriculum planning, tools and resources, methods for supporting colleagues and progression and assessment. Colleagues will be expected to attend all three sessions. The third session will be held in a school and will include classroom visits.

Further details for sessions 2 and 3 to follow:

Session 2: 9.30-11.30am Thursday 27 January (virtual)

Session 3: TBC (in person)

12/10/21,
09:30
- 11:30
KS1, KS2
Computing subject leaders, Headteachers...
Everyone can Code with Swift Playgrounds - a blended approach

Get hands-on with the Swift playgrounds app for iPadOS and resources from Learn to Code and Everyone can Code.

14/10/21,
16:00
- 17:00
KS1, KS2
Computing subject leaders, Headteachers...
Primary modern foreign languages forum: Using technology for teaching and learning

This session is for languages (MFL) subject leaders or anyone involved in the coordinating or teaching of languages. The forum will give teachers the opportunity to learn about curriculum updates and how digital tools can support blended learning. Teachers will also discuss the latest developments in primary languages and share their expertise and experiences. The discussion will be followed by a CLC-led practical session that will demonstrate how digital technology can be used to aid language learning.

19/10/21,
09:30
- 11:30
KS1, KS2
Subject leaders, Teachers...
Primary maths forum: Using technology for teaching and learning

The maths forum provides an opportunity for maths subject leaders to share their expertise and investigate new opportunities for digital technologies to support maths teaching and learning in class and online at home. The forum combines discussion with colleagues about school-wide progress in mathematics, with hands-on activities led by a CLC teacher, demonstrating how technology can be used to support maths. Activities will include programming in Scratch 3, which offers a practical way to illustrate and explore key mathematical concepts such as shape, space, position and direction.

03/11/21,
09:30
- 11:30
KS1, KS2
Subject leaders, Teachers...
Digital security briefing for schools

This briefing for senior leaders and other relevant school staff will explore issues and requirements that schools are facing in the light of new technologies and legislation, including cyber and network security, data and information security and requirements of KCSIE Annex C online safety measures. The session will help schools understand their responsibilities in demonstrating a reasonable duty of care and providing a safe and secure digital environment to all users, including consideration of remote learning and remote working issues.

09/11/21,
09:30
- 11:30
EYFS, KS1, KS2
Business leaders, Computing subject leaders...
Using technology to enhance assessment and feedback

Discover how digital technology can change the way we assess pupils’ work. We will demonstrate how teachers can use technology to monitor, evidence and respond to pupils’ progress in school and learning online remotely, and how pupils can use technology to present and reflect on their learning. We will outline a range of approaches to help assess and evidence learning across the curriculum.

16/11/21,
09:30
- 11:30
KS1, KS2
Computing subject leaders, Headteachers...
Introduction to Scratch in KS2 computing

Scratch can be a great way to teach computing in KS2 and is well suited to blended learning; however, it can take some getting used to. This session is designed to give teachers the confidence and understanding to get the most out of Scratch. We will begin with the basics: getting to grips with the drag-and-drop programming interface as well as the key concepts that underpin computer science. We will discuss ways pupils can progress and think about different project ideas that can form the basis of classroom activities. In addition, teachers will be given the opportunity to review some of our favourite activities and teaching resources, including materials from the EEF-funded ScratchMaths research project.

24/11/21,
09:30
- 11:30
KS2
Computing subject leaders, Teachers...
Primary computing conference

This event is for computing subject leaders and teachers interested in the use of technologies across the curriculum as well as how to lead on digital learning and online remote provision. It will include keynote speakers with policy and curriculum updates, in addition to practical workshops and opportunities to hear from colleagues in other schools. Sessions will cover the three key areas of the computing curriculum: computer science, digital literacy and information technology. This conference will also include information on how to support blended learning using digital tools.

02/12/21,
09:15
- 15:30
EYFS, KS1, KS2
Computing subject leaders, Headteachers...
Online safety conference

This conference, scheduled in the lead up to Safer Internet Day 2022 (Tuesday 8 February), is for headteachers, SLT members, designated child protection teachers, computing subject leaders, school governors and members of the school leadership team. It will bring together a variety of external resources with expertise from within the CLC team to help schools get to grips with the complexities of online safety, with reference to the safeguarding implications of remote learning solutions. The day will combine keynote talks with practical sessions covering all aspects of online safety from policies and procedures, curriculum development, blended learning and leadership responsibilities, to staff development and infrastructure considerations.

01/02/22,
09:15
- 15:30
EYFS, KS1, KS2
Business leaders, Computing subject leaders...

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