Japanese Ministry of Education enjoys more innovative ICT on its second day in Havering, London Borough

Japanese Delegates at The Brittons Academy

On Wednesday 3rd October 2012, a delegation from the Japanese Ministry of Education continued their visit organised by the Havering School Improvement Services’ ICT Team to explore the ways in which ICT is having a significant affect on whole-school improvement in Havering, London Borough.  

The morning was spent at The Brittons Academy, where delegates examined an array of technology in action including Apple Mac computers for music and film-making, Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Making in Technology.  They also explored Brittons’ innovative approach to allowing students to bring their own devices to help them to learn, making use of the Academy’s site wide wireless network.  The delegates listened to the views of Principal Mr Robert Sheffield, Vice Principal Mr Richard Ayre and their colleagues and students about the successful ways in which they have engaged students in the development of the Academy’s ICT strategy.

In the afternoon, the delegation heard from the Havering School Improvement Services’ Principal Inspector Mr Grahame Smith and the Hsis ICT Team about ‘Whole School Improvement Through ICT in Havering and Beyond’.

Hsis Principal Inspector Grahame Smith shares the very successful Hsis approach to school improvement

Broadford Primary School Headteacher, Mr Malcolm Drakes then shared ways in which his school has transformed home:school engagement through the use of Twitter, FaceBook and a blog.

Broadford Primary Headteacher Malcolm Drakes explains the benefits of social networking tools to support home:school engagement

Delegates joined the Havering Primary ICT Network Leaders’ Meeting and ICT leaders from schools across Havering to experience how Havering schools come together with the Hsis ICT Team to share best practice.  Havering school and Japanese delegates were treated to a live demonstration on the use of a visualiser to support the teaching of geometry and a presentation by Dr Jun Takahashi of the University of Toyama on the subject of ICT provision in Japanese schools.  All delegates heard about the success of Switched on IC T from Mr Nigel Hooton of St.Peter’s Catholic Primary School, Romford.

St. Peter’s Catholic Primary School ICT Leader explains the approaches to Switched on ICT in his school to delegates from Havering and Japanese schools

The two days were full of sharing of ideas and information and continues the strong tradition of over five years of links between Havering schools, Havering School Improvement Services and the Japanese Ministry of Education and Japan Association for Educational Technology.  Long may it continue!

Havering Primary ICT Leaders’ Network Meetings – 14th and 20th June 2012

Please find attached the agenda for the forthcoming Hsis Primary ICT Leaders’ Network Meeting – 14th and 20th June 2012 (Content repeated).  For Havering primary schools purchasing the Hsis School Improvement Packages.


  • ICT at Gidea Park Primary School – with a focus on the impact of Switched On ICT to support teaching and learning
  • Switched On ICT for Early Years – an opportunity to see sample planning
  • Switched On ICT Control Units
  • The Impact of Switched On ICT – An ‘open-mike’ session for schools to share outcomes of pupils work using Switched On ICT – please feel free to bring examples of pupils work or planning to share
  • Digital Leaders’ – What could they do for your school’s ICT provision?
  • Ofsted Subject Surveys – Workshop activity
  • Are you ready to RiskIT in October 2012?  An innovative idea to get pupils and staff engaged with ICT…
  • Control Technology – Back in Vogue and Back in the Classroom – A demonstration of the features of the ‘Lego Wedo’ solution.  Including information on future courses at the ‘Pyrgo Priory Lego Studio’
  • Havering Apple Regional Training Centre Survey Summer 2012 – with a chance to win a ticket to the Motivating Educators’ Conference 2012 http://www.mondale-events.co.uk/event/12meil (See below)
  • LGfL Update – Conferences, Content and Events
  • Havering MLE Champion Schools
  • Feedback from the Havering ICT Survey 2012 – Key Messages and Actions as a result

Meeting Date choices: Thursday 14th June 2012 and Wednesday 20th June 2012 (Content Repeated)


How to book a place: Please apply via the Havering Online Course Booking System www.haveringcpd.org.uk

Time: 4.15pm – 6.00pm (Refreshments available from 4.00pm)

Venue: Gidea Park Primary School, Lodge Avenue, Gidea Park. Romford, Essex RM2 5AJ

We look forward to welcoming you to the meeting.

Best regards,

Dave Smith, Amanda Jackson and Penny Patterson

Primary ICT (Subject Leaders’) Meeting – 18th June 2008 @ Scargill Junior School

Agenda for the Primary ICT (Subject Leaders’) Meeting to be held at Scargill Junior School on Wednesday 18th June 2008 – 4.30pm-6.00pm

Even better than last week’s content!  If you came to that one, why not come again and find out even more!

Background – This Term we are visiting Scargill Junior School, where they have been using handheld technologies to impact upon teaching and learning across the curriculum. 

Hands-on with Handhelds – A range of handheld technologies will be available to get hands-on both before and during the session including Sony Playstation Portables (PSPs) and Nintendo DS Lite

  1. Welcome, Introductions and Housekeeping Rules
  2. Handheld learning at Scargill Junior School  “What we have, how we use it, what impact it is having on teaching and learning…” Karen Webley – ICT Co-ordinator, Scargill Junior School. This session will allow opportunities for hands-on exploration of Nintendo DS Lite and Sony PSPs with their accompanying software
  3. PSPs and Birdbox cams – Finding a place in the curriculum… David Lloyd Y6 teacher at Scargill Junior School
  4. The Power of PSPs in the primary classroom – Andy Goff – ConnectED
  5. Handhelds in the Classroom Dewi Lloyd, Product Pioneer from Steljes Limited will be exploring the current position of handheld devices and what could be coming next – he will be showing how the new generation of SMARTPhones can be used to support teaching and learning.  Explore the Scargill wildlife area with the WildKey software…
  6. Havering Podcasting Network Reading Pilot
  7. National Schools’ Film and Animation Awards
  8. Havering Animation and Film Network
  9. Havering Blogging Network
  10. Display Screen Equipment Guidelines
  11. The Visualiser Forum
  12. London MLE Update
  13. Useful websites, blogs and software updates
  14. What’s happening in your school – a chance to share…
  15. Any questions or issues?
Please sign-up now via the HIAS Online Course Booking System:-http://cpd.havering.lgfl.digitalbrain.com/lgfl/leas/havering/cpd/cpd/web/cdb/index.php