Schools with a curriculum support package are encouraged to book as many CPD sessions as they wish. Package places are limited to two members of staff per school per session and can be booked by contacting James. For schools without a support package each session can be booked on Eventbrite via the course cards below.
Full-day courses and conferences run from 9.15am to 3.30pm.
Half-day courses run from 9.30am to 11.30am unless otherwise stated.
In the event that social distancing measures prevent us from delivering sessions in person we will provide a remote alternative. Please note that timings may be altered in line with best practices for remote 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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
This training session will help teaching assistants develop the skills and confidence to support learning in the KS1 computing curriculum. Practical workshops will embed the principles of the computing curriculum in a variety of hands-on activities using a range of appropriate hardware and software. This session will also include information on how to support blended learning using digital tools.
Teaching assistants who attend this training session will work with CLC experts to further develop their understanding of the role of technology and computing in learning at KS2, including the use of tools that can support blended learning. They will be invited to participate in discussions and practical activities designed to build confidence and encourage collaboration with colleagues.
Learn how technology can help children develop their ideas, express themselves, share a love of literature and review and reflect on their work using a range of digital tools. This forum, for English subject leaders and teachers interested in using technology to enhance their pupils’ learning, will combine practical activities, group discussion and expert input from CLC practitioners. We will share findings from some of our research projects and explore the resources developed by partner organisations. Topics covered within this session will also address the challenges and solutions for schools within the context of blended learning.
Scratch is CLC’s go-to tool for teaching KS2 computing in a way that is flexible, encourages creativity and provides the complexity to challenge pupils and teachers alike. Scratch is also well suited to blended learning. This session will help teachers gain a more detailed understanding of Scratch, including some of the new features available in Scratch 3. It will link these new skills to some of the big ideas in computing, with classroom activities that exemplify these links.
CLC’s science forum is an opportunity for primary science subject leaders to share their expertise and work with a London CLC tutor to investigate a range of digital technologies that can support science teaching and learning in class and at home. The open forum format allows teachers to discuss a range of issues, and share their ideas and solutions. The discussion will be followed by a CLC-led practical session, which will demonstrate how pupils can use digital technology to research, test and present scientific ideas.
This session is for teachers who lead on creative arts subjects and will include guidance on how technology can be used to support learning in music, visual art and drama in class and online at home. It will be facilitated by London CLC specialists and will draw on our experiences as Tate Exchange associates and our partnership work with a range of cultural institutions. Teachers will have the opportunity to try a range of tools, as well as sharing their experiences and expertise with colleagues from other schools.
Discover how digital technology can be used to support the teaching and learning of humanities subjects in class and online at home. This event provides opportunities for geography, history and RE teachers to learn about curriculum developments, share their expertise and participate in hands-on technology workshops. We will also introduce experts from partner museums and galleries who will share exciting opportunities to work with their organisations.
This forum provides an opportunity for EYFS practitioners to discuss and evaluate the use of technology in developing young children’s communication, creativity and problem-solving skills. The session will provide opportunities to explore and develop a series of technology-based activities to take back to your early years’ setting.
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.
Understanding the complex issues around online safety is of paramount importance to schools. This briefing session for NQTs will focus on raising awareness of the issues while providing support and guidance on effective teaching of digital literacy and online safety including in a blended learning context . In addition, the session will support new teachers in understanding how to keep themselves safe and protect their professional reputation.
We can show your teachers how to use technology to evidence learning by helping pupils create their own digital portfolios. Our approach is informed by our involvement in EEF and other research projects investigating metacognition, class blogs as digital portfolios and effective teacher observations.
This support can be tailored to the needs of your staff, as well as making use of existing school equipment. We can focus on any combination of the three strands of the English primary computing curriculum: computer science, information technology and digital literacy. In addition, we can point your teachers towards some high-quality, cheap and free resources, including unplugged computing activities to support learning in computer science without the need for a computer or tablet.
In this session we will help you consider critical literacy as a component of many curriculum subjects, as well as a key element of computing, and as a skill that can be developed coherently across the curriculum. We will highlight materials to help your pupils develop strategies for discerning the reliability of sources such as news stories, social media posts and websites, with reference to online safety. The Education for a Connected World framework will help schools audit and map their provision across these aspects and consider what they might wish to develop further.
The Apple Teacher Portfolio, curriculum support materials and badges are a systematic foundation of skills and contextual understanding for making creative use of the iPad to support learning. Incorporating some practical hands-on experience and tips, this session led by one of our Apple Regional Training centre tutors will guide your staff in first steps or further progression in the programme.
Our team of experienced teachers can show you how to use film and animation projects to promote literacy or address themes in other curriculum areas. We also offer practical training on making films and animations in the classroom.
We can help school staff understand the key aspects of online safety, including issues faced by pupils, parents and teaching staff. We will share ideas and resources for teaching online safety and can also run policy and strategy sessions for senior leaders.
We will help you review a range of ways in which reading and writing for pleasure and purpose can be supported by technology and digital tools. We will consider several practical examples, taking into account the resources available in your school.
The CLC team has supported schools in a range of contexts to develop approaches and solutions for remote and blended learning. Our team of technicians and teaching consultants is experienced in supporting schools to set up online learning platforms such as Google Classroom, Microsoft Teams and Seesaw. We can offer advice on the relative merits of a wide range of tools, as well as exploring the technical, pedagogical and safeguarding considerations that can help you get the best out of them.
The CLC worked with the UCL Knowledge Lab on its ScratchMaths project, a free year 5 and 6 maths curriculum. It teaches mathematical concepts through programming, using a set of innovative and inclusive pedagogical approaches. Since this project we have further developed our approach to maths with Scratch and can offer training to support upper KS2 teachers in making use of the materials, as well as demonstrating how its principles can be adapted for younger pupils.
Explore how your school’s technology can be used to support learning in different curriculum areas.
Our support package covers the following: