E-safety week!

E-safety is a crucial part of day-to-day life in primary schools. Children are always discovering new technologies and it is important that they are guided to use them effectively and responsibly. So this week, the Switched on Computing team are going to focus on all things e-safety!

FREE poster

Download your FREE e-safety poster to display in your classroom!

Competition time!

The Switched on Computing team is challenging primary school children up and down the country to design their own e-safety poster! All of the entries will be showcased on the website and the winning entry will be designed and printed so you can display it in your own classroom. The poster should:

  • provide advice about e-safety
  • be written for primary school children
  • be colourful and engaging!


1st prize
The winning poster will be professionally printed and presented to your school.
Your school will receive a £500 voucher to spend on any Rising Stars resources.
The children will win a set of Learn to Code practice books worth £300.

2nd prize
Your school will receive a £200 voucher to spend on any Rising Stars resources.
The children will win a set of Learn to Code practice books worth £300.

3rd prize
Your school will receive a £100 voucher to spend on any Rising Stars resources.
The children will win a set of Learn to Code practice books worth £300.

All entries submitted will be showcased on our online gallery.

How to enter

Entries submitted can be a jpeg, PDF, Word document, PowerPoint or a photocopy or photograph of a drawing.

All entries should be emailed to oliviatanner@risingstars-uk.com or tweeted to @switchedoncomp.

The closing date is 31st July 2015 and the winner will be announced 3rd September 2015.

Terms and conditions

Please ensure you have the pupils’ permission before submitting an entry.

If there are any photographs of pupils included on the poster, please ensure you have consent from the parent/guardian.

The closing date for entries is 31st July 2015.

Stay updated

Would you like a round up email of all the e-safety blog posts and information at the end of the week? Sign up to receive computing updates by simply creating a My Rising Stars account and select computing as your subject preference.

You will receive an e-safety newsletter including all the e-safety blog posts, free poster and competition information, as well as a termly email about all things computing including freebies, lesson ideas and more. It is free to sign up and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Sign up now!

Rising Stars also want to find out how confident teachers are in delivering e-safety sessions and teaching children about staying safe online and being a responsible digital citizen. There’s just 3 quick questions to answer and the Switched on Computing team will publish the results on our community site!

Switched on Computing wins a BETT award for Primary Digital Content!

 We are delighted to announce that Switched on Computing has won a BETT award for Primary Digital Content!












Switched on Computing is designed to help teachers deliver the new programme of study for computing.

It was thrilling to hear that the judges were particularly impressed with Switched on Computing’s full inclusivity and accessibility. The judges of the awards commented, “Switched on Computing provides teachers with the step by step, unit by unit support that they need. It engages learners, reminds them of e-safety and is excellent value for money.”

The award was presented at Wednesday’s ceremony at the Brewery in Barbican, where hundreds of guests gathered to recognise the most innovative ICT products and companies in the education sector. Read the Rising Stars blog to hear more about the night at the awards ceremony.

Andrea Carr, Managing Director of Rising Stars explains:

“We are thrilled to have won this award. The Bett awards are judged by teachers who understand the importance of quality teaching and learning resources. Switched on Computing is designed to support teachers in getting started with computer science and 5,000 schools are already using it in classrooms around the country.”

Amanda Jackson, Penny Patterson and Dave Smith of Havering Education Services explain:

“We are delighted to have been part of the team involved in the development of Switched on Computing.  Our partnership with Rising Stars has benefited schools in Havering and beyond, assisting them to support effective teaching and learning in Computing.”

To find out more about Switched on Computing and hear why teachers and students love it, click here.

Join Switched on Computing Research and Discussion Group

Rising Stars are looking for ICT co-ordinators who have regularly been using Switched on Computing to join them for a day’s session in central London, where they will be looking at the resource in detail and discussing what they could do to make it even better!

Where: Central London

When:   Monday 16th February 2015

Time:    11am – 3pm

Selected delegates will receive a fee, travel expenses, lunch and free materials in return for their brain power and time! Please note that places are limited to one teacher per school.

To sign-up: Simply enter your details here

QuickStart Computing

Computing At School has produced a new resource to help primary and secondary teachers in England get to grips with the new computing curriculum which was introduced in September. Funded by Microsoft and the Department for Education, QuickStart Computing is a comprehensive, national programme designed to help primary and secondary teachers to plan, teach and assess this brand new subject.

QuickStart Computing is a free CPD toolkit designed to help teachers to develop and run successful CPD in their school or cluster. All primary and secondary schools have access to QuickStart Computing online and 40,000 free hard copies will be distributed through Computing At School.

Miles Berry QuickStart Computing

‘Miles Berry – writer of QuickStart Computing (and Switched on Computing)’

The QuickStart website launches next week and will include downloadable versions of the full teachers’ handbook, and lots of additional resources including links to useful sites, online videos and interactive tools.

For more information visit: www.quickstartcomputing.org


Ofsted and Switched on Computing

At the launch event for the BCS Barefoot Computing project, HMI David Brown (as photographed by Zoe Ross), Ofsted’s national lead for computing, gave an excellent presentation, setting out his views on what good and outstanding computing would look like in schools.

David Brown

Rising Stars‘ Naomi Watson and Miles Berry have since gone through David’s bullet points to assess how well Switched on Computing matches up to the job of supporting teachers and schools in meeting these expectations.

Click here to see their responses.

How to teach the new Programme of Study with confidence

Teachers and schools in England agonising how they are going to teach computing to their pupils from September 2014 now have the option to buy a complete curriculum package, thanks to Rising Stars Education, written by Miles Berry.

Launched at the Education Show in Birmingham, the managing director and founder of Rising Stars, Andrea Carr told an audience that she was delighted with the new scheme, thanking the efforts of her team and the author. Dave Smith, and curriculum advisor at London’s Havering Borough commented,
‘Technology continues to be a massive growth industry worldwide and it’s crucial that we make sure ’s existing familiarity with Computer is underpinned by a solid understanding of the practical applications of technology. Switched on Computing provides primary school teachers, who may not be entirely comfortable teaching many of the aspect of the new of Study, with a well-structured range of dynamic activities and a comprehensive list of topics with open source (free) or existing software. Switched on Computing enriches ICT education by the most affordable yet innovative means possible.’
The Key Stage 1 and 2 cover all the computing curriculum requirements, being split into activities and challenges for each year group within the primary setting. The teachers’ pack provides support for all levels of experience with software demos and detailed step-by-step planning. It also embeds e-safety to ensure safe and responsible use of .
For further details and to explore the contents for each year group please visit http://www.risingstars-uk.com/series/switched-on-computing/