We are the CLC

We provide outstanding curriculum support, technical services and professional development.

Our curriculum workshops and CPD programmes are effective, engaging and always based on sound pedagogical research. Our technical team offers expert, independent advice with best value in mind.

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.

Our curriculum workshops and CPD programmes are effective, engaging and always based on sound pedagogical research. Our technical team offers expert, independent advice with best value in mind.

We help senior leaders make informed choices about IT, support teaching staff to feel confident in using technology and work with school technicians to provide high-quality technical services. 

Measurable impact
  • 99% of teachers report that pupil learning outcomes improve after attending our curriculum support workshops and CPD sessions. 
  • 97.8% say that their own teaching practice will improve after attending these events. 
Cultural partnerships
  • Our schools work on special projects with industry and cultural partners such as IBM, Google, BFI, Tate and the Southbank Centre. 
Research-informed
  • Our involvement in research projects helps keep our work up to date and pedagogically robust. Partners include University College London (Scratch Maths project) and Co-Think, an EU-funded project exploring best practice in teaching computational thinking in an inclusive way. 
Award-winning experts
  • The CLC team is made up of teaching consultants and experts in the teaching of computing. We are an Apple Regional Training Centre and our technical team has won the NAACE impact award for its services. We were commended in the Edtech 50 report and won prestigious Bett awards in recognition of our support and service to schools in 2019 and 2020.

Awards

Partners

The team

Sarah Horrocks

Director
Sarah is the director of the Connected Learning Centre. She was previously a primary teacher and deputy headteacher. She now oversees the centre’s programme which includes research, digital strategy, developing teachers’ digital competencies, involving young people in the creative use of digital technologies, supporting families’ digital skills and making partnerships between schools, businesses and cultural organisations. Sarah’s areas of expertise include digital equity, school digital strategy and transformation, blended learning, parental engagement, digital skills, early years education and digital in creative and cultural learning. Sarah has a particular interest in blogging, digital portfolios and children’s writing online. She co-wrote Educational blogs and their effects on pupils’ writing with Myra Barrs. Sarah and her team have supported UK schools in the move to remote and blended learning with a particular focus on supporting children and families experiencing digital disadvantage. Sarah and the CLC team have also supported UNICEF’s ‘Education During Emergency Plan’ through the creation of teacher training materials in blended learning. London Connected Learning Centre won the BETT Award for service and support to schools in 2019 and 2020. Sarah is involved in a number of European projects which include supporting young children in computational thinking, developing blended learning practice and using AI for personalised learning. To contact Sarah, email [email protected]

Peter Lillington

Teaching and Learning Consultant
Peter draws on a wealth of experience in education as a teacher, senior leader and consultant. He has in depth knowledge of all aspects of the computing curriculum and using digital tools and technology creatively. He combines up to date hands-on practical skills in a wide variety of workshops for students with teacher development and strategic planning for implementing and managing change. Through the Connected Learning Centre, he has contributed significantly to international projects and also presented regularly at national and local level. He holds numerous certifications including as a quality mark assessor and has a special interest in online safety and digital critical thinking as part of his role as the Designated Safeguarding Lead for the CLC. To contact Peter, email [email protected]  

Rowan Roberts

Teaching and Learning Consultant
Rowan specialises in primary computing as well as the use of technology to support learning across all subject areas. She has worked nationally and internationally on projects aimed at developing effective and inclusive pedagogy in computer science, particularly through the block-based programming language, Scratch. Rowan has been teaching workshops and staff training sessions at the CLC for several years, and is currently also leading on the production of BlendEd’s On Demand courses, as well as many of our other online teaching and learning materials. To contact Rowan, email [email protected]

Caitlin McMillan

Teaching and Learning consultant
Caitlin specialises in creative use of technology. Alongside delivering workshops and professional learning to primary school pupils and teachers, she leads on collaborations with cultural organisations such as Tate Exchange and Westminster Abbey, and project managed the EdTech50 award-winning TechPathways London programme. Caitlin began her career in music technology before taking a year out to train as a clown. She is also the voice of several BBC Bitesize animations. To contact Caitlin, email [email protected]

Afeefa Wilson

Media Assistant
A​​feefa supports the teaching team with the preparation and delivery of our pupil workshops. She is currently undertaking a degree in product design and enjoys blogging in her spare time. Afeefa brings her experience of working as a teaching assistant in schools and her passion for creativity to support children to achieve the best of their ability. To contact Afeefa, email [email protected]

Gonçalo Neto

Media Assistant
As a media assistant, Gonçalo supports the running of our school workshops. Gonçalo has a wide range of experience within the creative arts industry, working in radio, music, art and event production.

Krzysztof Jurek

IT Systems Manager
Krzysztof leads London CLC’s technical team and manages technical service support across a number of London schools. Krzysztof’s specialisms include network design and installation, auditing schools’ technical infrastructure and giving advice and consultancy on a variety of digital solutions including Google Apps For Education and other cloud-based services. Krzysztof has a passion for technology and is London CLC’s resident expert on technical innovations. He is also a great photographer and is our official photographer in residence.. To contact Krzysztof, email [email protected]

Aaron Pitts

IT Technician
As one of the newest member of the CLC technical team, Aaron has come from a background of working in a primary school as a technician for five years and is enjoying traveling around to multiple different schools. Aaron often enjoys working on hardware repairs and finding new solutions for everyday technical issues in schools To contact Aaron, email [email protected]

Nisar Mohammad

IT Technician
As one of the newest members of the CLC technical team Nisar is enjoying getting to know our partner schools. He has experience with a wide range of technology and has a particular interest in Office 365, Google Apps and managing servers. He loves solving challenging problems and finding technical solutions. To contact Nisar, email [email protected]

Louise Wade

Freelance Teaching and Learning Consultant
Louise is a computing teacher at London Connected Learning Centre. She was previously a primary teacher, SENCO and a member of school SLT. She has worked and trained internationally and now works with schools and settings supporting both the computing curriculum and cross curricular uses of technology in primary schools. As a practising computing teacher, Louise’s expertise is extensive and ranges from teaching nursery through to upper key stage two. Louise has worked for a number of universities, CLCs, and local education authorities and has delivered INSET nationally. Louise is most interested in the psychology of learning and its application in the classroom.

Ben Butcher

Head of Operations
Ben supports the team to deliver their best work. He looks after finances, business development and ensures the CLC runs smoothly. He loves spreadsheets and collaborating with new organisations. Ben is a PRINCE 2 and Agile qualified project manager and is currently working towards an executive MBA. To contact Ben, email [email protected]

James Goddard

Project Manager
James is a key contact for schools​ ​​and other organisations involved in London CLC programmes​. He ensures that the projects and services we provide are delivered effectively​ and to the highest standard. James also leads on our social media strategy. James has taught in Thailand and Uganda as well as managing a maths and English tuition centre before joining the London ​CLC ​team. To contact James, email [email protected]

Tim Jacques

Administrator
Tim does the financial administration, catering and front of house for London CLC. He is in charge of the building and makes sure we provide a safe working environment for staff and visitors. Tim has over 20 years’ administration and finance experience, having worked in the fashion industry, museum and charity sectors. He has a great passion for serving the community in which he lives and is a keep fit fanatic. To contact Tim, email [email protected]

What our partner schools think of us

"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

"Our staff, across the curriculum, have gained knowledge and expertise which has made their role easier in terms of time and technological strategies to enhance learning in their subject."

Deputy head and computing subject leader,
St Jude’s CofE Primary

"Children from Year 1 to Year 6 enjoy visiting the CLC for workshops, knowing that each time they visit is a new experience, a new challenge and will further their knowledge and understanding of the curriculum through a computer-based activity."

School Business Manager,
The Cathedral School of St Saviour and St Mary Overie

"What's so great about each activity... is that children are utilising and developing so many different skills, so there's a lot of problem-solving going on, children are learning new digital skills, and they are working in teams and pairs collaboratively. They are trying it out and seeing what happens and that is the essence of creativity and it's an essential skill for life."

Teacher attending The CLC's Tate Exchange project

"Their team are so knowledgeable and at the cutting edge of the world in which they work, and we feel secure in the knowledge that they are with us."

Deputy head and computing subject leader,
St Jude’s CofE Primary

"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 always ensure the content of their CPD and workshops is current, engaging and robust; challenging the objectives of the National Curriculum and ensuring that we as teachers give children the experiences they deserve and the opportunity to become digital learners "

Computing subject leader,
Telferscot Primary School

"CPD offered is always of a high-quality and it always enhances the attendee’s ability to further their understanding or pedagogy of a subject or focus area. "

School Business Manager,
The Cathedral School of St Saviour and St Mary Overie

"Our work with the CLC [gives] all children an amazing technology experience through their exciting and engaging workshops."

Computing subject leader,
Telferscot Primary School

"Our children absolutely love attending workshops"

Deputy head and computing subject leader,
St Jude’s CofE Primary

"IBM's long-standing partnership with London CLC demonstrates the value that such a partnership can bring - to both partners and to our mutual stakeholders - teachers and their students. It's essential that such partnerships are based on mutual objectives: helping young people understand the impacts that technology is having on their lives, and that they have a growing awareness of both the opportunities and challenges that emerging technology presents - and are equipped with the knowledge and skills to address engage effectively. It is only through the partnership that IBM is able to realise those objectives."

Corporate citizenship manager,
IBM UK

"We got to do stuff that we can't normally do and this helps children follow their dreams"

Pupil attending The CLC's Tate Exchange project

"The CLC not only organises the visits but brings expertise and enthusiasm (in the form of Caitlin!) and exciting digital equipment (that the Garden Museum doesn’t possess). We hosted 15 classes in two weeks and the feedback from teachers was really positive. Children find the sessions engaging and exciting. They learn about the different ways in which you can look at nature and the equipment that can be used to help them see nature up close, in 3-D and virtually!"

The Garden Museum

"The Connected Learning Centre are an important and highly valued voice in our growing network of Associates at Tate Exchange. Their programming is always very considered, innovative, rigorous but most of all… fun"

Tate Exchange Programme Manager

"The London CLC [keeps] us on top of all the latest developments in technology which make our lives so much easier."

Headteacher,
Rosendale Primary School

"You made computing relatable to everyone and the staff have been buzzing as a result of your ideas, tips and expertise."

Computing lead,
Clapham Manor Primary School

"Our children absolutely love using the latest hardware available to us through half-termly loans"

Deputy head and computing subject leader,
St Jude’s CofE Primary

"Having the expertise of Sarah Horrocks and Louise Wade and their confident specialist delivery. Their links with schools who are already using online tools and the timely nature of the course during lockdown supported me and inspired me enormously. I immediately shared with my Deputy Headteacher and SLT and with another Senior Leader in Lambeth who has shared with her Manager about the outstanding work that CLC does. "

Class teacher, Selhurst & Crosfield Nursery School Croydon

"Comfortable open discussion, led by the needs of those attending. Loads of useful resources available."

Computing subject leader,
St Leonard's C of E Primary

"I have had the best morning for ages -really stimulating and useful and it has reminded me how much I don't know and want to learn more about. Thank you so much."

Inclusion advisor (ex computing subject leader),
Croydon Local Authority

"It has given me teaching ideas to explore further and as a Head rather than Computing Lead (though I will be both for a while next year!) it is good it get some insight into the role of Computing Lead."

Headteacher,
London Christian 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

"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."

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