London CLC at BETT
We’re at BETT! And happy to help you with impartial expert advice and guidance.


London CLC has been at the huge edtech showcase this week having great conversations with schools about the wide range of support that we can offer in transforming learning.  We share what’s caught our eye on the other stands, from the latest Chromebooks to robots and drones.

Adobe Spark goes free: Adobe Spark video has announced that it is giving away all the premium features of its Spark suite for free to all schools and has also made it easier for schools to log in and sign up. This is an amazing suite of tools that work in a browser, on a tablet or through an app.

Remote 3D printing: it’s always worth having a wander through the quieter and smaller stands to find little gems that aren’t in the main areas. We found a brilliant 3D printer that you can print to remotely from an app and it even has a camera so that you can remotely monitor your work. Leave something printing overnight in school and you can check the progress overnight!

Robots and drones: for fans of this tech, there really is an incredible choice on display. In particular, check out the Lego stand and Parrot who do some great mini-drones that can be programmed with an iPad.

Nearpod: Christian’s favourite app at BETT so far is Nearpod. It’s a very versatile app that allows you to make meaningful use of your devices in the classroom. It works well on iPads but is completely cross-platform and will also work in a browser or other tablets. It lets the teacher present to pupil devices instead of the board and share a range of exciting content with them including a bank of virtual reality scenes. It will also enable you to assess pupils.

Nearpod at Bett
The Nearpod stand at BETT – worth a look.


Little bits: Microbit education has a fascinating stand showing you all of the great things that you can do with this tiny computer.

Chromebook improvements: Google has a great stand and it is sharing how its new Chromebook has a range of built-in sensors that can log data, giving the machine more of the functionality you’d expect to find in the iPads.

BETT awards: congratulations to all of this year’s BETT award winners and especially Link2ICT, the winners in the service and support category in which we were finalists. We had a great time at the ceremony!

London CLC BETT finalists
The London CLC team at the BETT award ceremony – proud to be finalists.

Tinybop: Peter was pleased to see that the beautifully crafted content from the well-established Tinybop series of apps is now available to those without devices through their new online content portal – with a BETT special offer for subscribers  ( If you haven’t see the apps or the breadth of coverage, take a glance, as one or more might just be a perfect match for one of those hard to resource topics (ages 4 upwards).

Meet us at BETT for expert, impartial advice

There’s still time to come and see us at stand G102. If you are looking for some inspiration or a specific piece of kit, or want to ask questions or have a chat about CLC services, we’d love to meet you. We’ll be on hand and happy to share our expertise with you. Just pitch up at the stand or let James know and we’ll sort out a meeting place – email [email protected] Not at BETT? Follow us on twitter @LdnCLC to get the highlights.

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Upcoming CPD

Summer primary school computing conference
Summer primary school computing conference

This event will build upon the Autumn computing conference by inviting subject leaders to reflect on their year in the role, sharing their successes and challenges. It will also introduce new ideas, tools and approaches through talks and practical activities led by members of the CLC team, with opportunities for attendees to share their own expertise and experience. Over the course of the conference activities will touch on the three main areas of the computing curriculum: computer science, digital literacy and information technology. We will also feature advice and examples illustrating the use of technology to support blended learning.

- 15:30
Computing subject leaders, Teachers...
Creative Arts, Digital and children – CLC meets More Than Robots online
Creative Arts, Digital and children - CLC meets More Than Robots online

Combining forces for the first time, the Connected Learning Centre and More Than Robots have created a session for teachers, youth organisations, researchers and policymakers interested in the digital provision of creative arts for primary aged pupils.


The Play Observatory - Prof. John Potter

“In their own words”: Westminster Abbey & CLC digital projects - Sian Shaw

Building (and maintaining) a city-wide primary arts curriculum to raise attainment - Kate Fellows

More to be added soon

This interactive and inclusive meet up will include inspiring examples of how technology can be used to support learning in music, visual art and drama in person and online at home drawing on our experiences as Tate Exchange associates and our partnership work with a range of cultural institutions.

This informal event is an opportunity to discuss real examples of what does/doesn’t work, meet colleagues from other sectors working on similar challenges and share useful research, news or updates

The morning will include case study presentations (details below) followed by a Q&A. There will also be an opportunity for a rapid sharing round for launches, project updates or requests for help and a short break to avoid zoom brain drain.

- 11:30
KS1, KS2
Subject leaders, Teachers...

Upcoming Special projects

The News Project
- 14:25

Special project in collaboration with First News Education

For a third year, building on two successful previous projects, we are once again partnering with the children’s newspaper First News, fellow member of the national Making Sense of Media and News Literacy networks. This special project with a literacy, PSHE and citizenship, as well as computing focus, highlights our specialist interest in this important aspect of digital and critical literacy.

The News Project will enable participating classes from year 5 to immerse themselves in news and current affairs using First News and the Bett award-winning First News iHUB, which will be provided free of charge during the school-based part of the project over a six week period. Under the guidance of their teacher, pupils will be supported in their development as a community of fully informed news readers. Classes will test their new critical skills and knowledge in the culminating virtual celebration event which will include a news competition and team-based critical literacy and editorial activities. After the event, schools will be able to use the resources from the day in their school.

The project will launch with an introductory CPD session for teachers to set the context, demonstrate resources and to plan for the school-based activities. 

Initial CPD session - Thursday 21st October 4pm-5.00pm. 

Project work undertaken in school - October and November.

Special event - Thursday 25th November 9.30am-2.45pm.

The Garden Museum

The CLC is once again partnering with the Garden Museum to offer a partnership project for KS1 pupils (primarily suited to Yr2). Located next to Lambeth Palace on the bank of the Thames, the museum has an inspiring collection that provides the ideal stimulus for young learners to explore the world around them.

Pupils will use technology alongside the museum’s collection to explore the wonderful world of seeds.

  • How are they planted?
  • How do they spread?
  • What is inside them?

 The Garden Museum has a large collection of seeds and tools that pupils will engage with.

These half-day sessions will take place at the Garden Museum.

There is a limited number of dates available, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

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