When lockdown hit in March 2020, all schools had to make important decisions quickly. From choosing appropriate tools and platforms, and using them in a safe way, to upskilling teachers and ensuring that children could access the learning, senior leadership teams confronted challenge after challenge. We provided the schools we work with, like Rosendale, a firm foundation from which to make the right decisions for their community.
“I was immediately greeted with the news that in the last seven days pupils had made a total of 10,000 posts, 7,000 comments and 8,000 likes.”
When CLC’s teaching and learning consultant Rowan Roberts logged on to Rosendale primary school’s SeeSaw at the end of April, she was moved to find that, as well as all the evidence of great remote learning in action – photos of drawings, voice recordings and maths solutions – the pupils were using the platform to stay connected with their peers. Some posted pictures of craft activities they had been doing with their families, shared things they had seen while out on a walk or recorded birthday messages for classmates. Teachers were also using the comment function for feedback and to respond to the children’s messages.
It was both satisfying and poignant. CLC has provided Rosendale with curriculum and technical support for more than 10 years (and worked with the school on a successful research project). We had introduced Rosendale to the SeeSaw platform and trained their teachers to get the most out of it. Now we could see in action how they were using this technology to its fullest in helping to keep their school community together during this period of unprecedented difficulty.
“Home learning is going well for us and we have really got to grips with the technical aspects of it. Aaron on site has been a total legend and is a pleasure to work with. His support is second to none and I can't speak highly enough of him. I know we can rely on CLC for any support or ideas we may need moving forward.”
- Matt Ellis, computing lead
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Our support package covers the following:
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)
Get hands-on with the Swift playgrounds app for iPadOS and resources from Learn to Code and Everyone can Code.
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.