The LGfL Literacy project

Following on from the success of David Mitchell’s input into the LGfL conference at the end of April 2014, LGfL is funding a unique opportunity to support London school teachers in the effective use of the Blogging to support literacy achievement in London Schools.   The aim of the project is to develop and share good practice in the use of Blogging to impact on literacy across the curriculum, across all Key Stages. Teachers from all Key Stages are welcome to take part in the project, but participants must be from LGfL connected schools.​

The project will include:

Part 1 – LGfL Blogging Project Launch at Camden CLC on 10th October  – See more at

Part 2 – Project work in schools – supported by local authorities (Havering included for Hsis package schools) Work inspired by project launch day developed in participating schools.

Part 3 – Sharing good practice day – at Camden CLC – 27th February at Camden CLC.  An opportunity to share good practice developed within LGfL schools since the start of the project – See more at

For more information on the project visit .

Booking is essential. If you are interested, please register as soon as possible via the site as places are being filled quickly.

Books, books, books blog

The girls in Years 5 and 6 at the Ursuline Preparatory School have used the We are Bloggers Unit to contribute to a blog on their favourite authors and books. We have been lucky enough to have a visiting author recently and they recorded a podcast with her for the blog.

They have also shared their favourite books in video reviews as well as writing blogs about their favourite reads.

‘We are Bloggers’ is a fantastic way to motivate children to read, as well as talk about their reading with their friends. The unit also is a great opportunity to educate the children about staying safe online by covering  the e safety aspects of ICT at the same time.

Blogging advocate @DeputyMitchell to star in an inspiring ICT course at Shenfield St. Mary’s CEVA Primary School, Shenfield, Essex – February 25th 2013 – Only £50 per delegate

@DeputyMitchell – Blogging Advocate

Making learning enjoyable and fulfilling -for adults and children: Using the freedoms of the teaching profession 


A day of reflection, professional discussion with colleagues, and new learning, including:

Deputy Mitchell and blogging for writing

How to be the best we can be and enjoy what we do

New technologies in Primary education 

Join Shenfield St. Mary’s CEVA Primary School to hear from three ‘up-and-coming’, innovative thinkers and educationalists. In the morning, listen to, reflect on and discuss their thoughts and ideas; in the afternoon, opt for workshops to take your learning further and develop something practical to begin applying in school the next day!


Download the information flyer here Shenfield St Marys ICT Day 250213

Where: St Mary’s CEVA Primary School, Shenfield, Essex CM15 9AL – 10 minutes from Junction 28 of the M25 and 5 minutes from Shenfield Train Station

When: February 25th 2013  (the day after half term)

Cost: £50  including lunch & refreshments

Contact:  To express an interest or for further information, reply to Headteacher Chris Beazeley at , call 01277 221249 &/or @beazeley on Twitter

Headteacher and ICT Advocate – Chris Beazeley

Accelerate your child’s writing in 2013 with the 100 Word Challenge

Here’s a great idea from Shenfield St. Mary’s CEVA Primary School in Essex, a school that has embraced home:school learning through ICT in a positive way…

Whatever your other resolutions, why not resolve to support the development of your child’s writing this year?
Every Sunday, a new prompt will be posted for the 100 Word Challenge. Whether it is set by the class teacher as homework or not, or whether you want to submit the work for peer (and wider) comment on a school blog, there can be no harm in encouraging your child to get creative from time to time. They will be practising their writing skills, thinking about writing for an audience – or just themselves – and talking with you about their ideas and their learning.
Read the article in full here…

Splogging – Spam Blogs – how to stop them…

Fight Splogs
At first glance, it seems like a regular blog. But look closer and you’ll see there’s something very odd about the blog’s content: It’s very familiar. Too familiar. That’s because you wrote it — six months ago on your own blog. The rest of the content doesn’t make sense: The same word repeated over and over again. There are ads all over the sidebar for products like Viagra and mortgage loans. This, you realize, is a splog, and you’re the victim.

“Splogs,” or spam blogs, are one of the methods spammers have adopted to manipulate the blogosphere for profit… But why do sploggers do it? How do you know if you’ve been splogged? And what can you do to stop it? Here are a few tips…

Engayne at 50 – Engayne Primary School uses a blog to gather memories of the school in the past

Engayne at 50 – 1958-2008

In 2008 Engayne Primary School celebrates its 50th anniversary – as part of this they are aiming to create a ‘blog’ of memories of Engayne for their school community to share both now and in the future.  Do you know of anyone who attended Engayne when it first opened in 1958 or maybe even taught at the school then? Please click on the link below to find out more…

Blogging – A video from Teachers TV…

‘Blogosphere’ – Click on this link to watch a video about blogging from Teachers’ TV.  Want to learn how to blog?  Contact your HIAS Link ICT Consultant.


Blogging is now a worldwide phenomenon with weblogs reaching a potential audience of hundreds of millions.

Blogs have been described as the ultimate in publishing for the people and have been used to challenge governments and the press.

Steve O’Hear, one of Britain’s digital evangelists, explores how blogs can be used in schools. Steve finds some enthusiastic primary age bloggers and sees how it helps in literacy, ICT skills and a range of other subjects.

He finds many of the benefits extend beyond the curriculum. Blogging can help pupils:

  • Develop confidence
  • Improve their self expression
  • Get a real sense of fulfilment from publishing their work

In West Blatchington School in Hove, blogging is practised by everyone from the head down. Steve visits the school’s after-school blogging club, a special bloggers’ assembly and sees weblogs being used in the school’s autistic unit.