London CLC is a Bett award winner! Last night our work with schools was recognised in the support and service category at the Bett show, the most prestigious awards in the schools edtech world.

The award celebrates companies and educational organisations that provide effective services, support and professional development to ensure that technology really makes an impact in the classroom. It recognises the fact that educators need ongoing support for technology in a wide variety of contexts, from technical support and skills training to curriculum training.

It’s particularly satisfying to have our work with schools validated at a time when there is a renewed focus on the potential for technology to support learning and school life. Schools need support to navigate the digital world whether that is online safety, digital criticality or creative approaches to using technology across the whole curriculum – and they need support that is impartial, expert and understands their context and the challenges they face as schools and educators.

Developing communities

That’s why the fact that we’re educators, too, is so important. We don’t just throw edtech into schools and leave them to get on with it – pedagogical expertise at the heart of all we do.

We develop communities of practice with the schools we work with, we get to grips with the challenges teachers are grappling with and we engage with them to help solve those problems, communicating with the whole school community of teachers, pupils, senior leaders and parents.

‘Staff have been buzzing’

We are proud to have an exceptional track record of improving teaching and learning with 100% of teachers telling us that pupil learning outcomes improve following attendance at our curriculum support workshops and CPD sessions. A further 96% say that their own teaching practice will improve following attendance at these events (403 teachers surveyed in 17/18 academic year). Teachers also tell us that not only are out workshops beneficial for students and their practice but it also gets them excited about computing:

“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

“We’ve been working with London CLC 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 lead, Oakfield Prep School

A huge thanks also to the schools, teachers, children and organisations we work with and for.

Fact or fake? Our Bett talk

The Bett award comes in the middle of one of our busiest and most rewarding weeks of the year. Continuing the Bett theme, we’re on the big stage at Bett at 13.30 tomorrow with our talk Fact or Fake: developing critical learners in a digital age. We all need to approach the online world with a critical mindset and in our talk we will explore what that means in an age of deep fakes, fauxtography and deliberate disinformation spreading swiftly across social media.

Drawing on our teaching experience and work with a wide range of partners, we will explore some practical ways to engage children in critical evaluation of digital information in a range of contexts, supporting their learning and development both as consumers and creators of content of all kinds, fact and fiction included.

Find out more about the talk, and links to all the resources mentioned in it here. We’ll also be putting the talk online afterwards and including it in a special newsletter on Friday afternoon (you don’t subscribe to our newsletter? But you must! You’re missing out. Sign up here).

International perspectives

This is also the week when we welcome international visitors into London CLC on a packed programme of school visits, talks and workshops in the centre and visits to Bett. So far this week we have hosted ministerial delegates from Brunei, Egypt, Libya and Korea and educators from Denmark and the Netherlands. By the end of Friday, more than 200 international visitors will have passed through the doors of our HQ here in Clapham.

Sarah Horrocks, London CLC director with HE Dato, Minister of Education, Brunei and London CLC, Clapham.

As always, it’s been fascinating to experience our education system through their eyes and to hear from them what strikes them as different or unexpected about how technology is used in the English curriculum. And, as always, they tend to be keen to remark on the extraordinary level of testing and assessment experienced by children in the British system. However, after an observation visit to a local primary school this morning, it was pleasing to hear that the overriding impression from our Danish colleagues was of “happy children!”

If you’re at Bett tomorrow, please do come and join us in the arena at 13.30 for Fact and Fake. If not, we’ll be tweeting highlights and sending out the talk in our newsletter. We’d love to hear what you think, via twitter, comments or email.


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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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