Switched on Computing – What you need to know…

In light of the new national curriculum requirements, Switched on Computing will be published in February 2014. This is a new (and renamed) edition of Switched on ICT, which includes the best of Switched on ICT combined with new and exciting units to enable teachers to deliver the Programme of Study for Computing quickly, easily and with confidence.

To keep updated with the new Switched on Computing – please follow @SwitchedOnComp on Twitter. Switched on Computing is FREE for schools that bought Switched on ICT in 2013 and half price if purchased before then.  Schools buying into the Havering School Improvement Services’ Packages at Level 1, 2 and 3 will receive it for free as part of their package.  The Hsis Computing and ICT team will be in contact with schools to arrange distribution in due course.

Here is a list of frequently asked questions about the new scheme.


Safer Internet Day TV

Having produced an online radio marathon for the last three years, for 2014 Safer Internet are trying something new – SIDtv!

On Safer Internet Day, 11 February, you will be able to watch their tv programme streamed from our website. They will have more information up soon so please do visit their webpage and test that you can access the stream fine. The programme will kick off at mid-day and will contain content for teachers and other professionals, pre-schoolers and primary-school children, secondary-school young people and parents. If you are planning activities in your school on the day, do factor in some time to watch SIDtv to kick-start your Safer Internet Day activities.

Follow us @SID2014tv for latest updates and chances to ask questions of our industry participants.

FREE goodie bag at the Bett 2014 Rising Stars stand

Don’t miss out on your FREE Rising Stars bag containing lots of free samples of Rising Stars’ latest resources!

Numbers are limited so sign up in advance to make sure you get your goodie bag, which contains:

FREE sample of our new resource, Switched on Computing

FREE eBooks CD containing two eBooks with permanent and whole-school site licence – means unlimited access throughout your school!

FREE Switched on Science sample; two units from Key Stages 1 and 2 to try out in your school.

FREE Cracking Comprehension sample disc.

FREE Poetry by Heart sampler.


Facebook Graph Search

Childnet has produced a guide about Facebook Graph Search. It includes 3 top tips to help people check what appears about them in a Graph Search: http://www.childnet.com/ufiles/Graph-Search-Privacy.pdf.

Facebook announced that they are beginning to roll out the new Graph Search feature in the UK.

It is worth being aware that if someone has tagged you in a photo and their privacy settings are set to ‘Public’, then this photo may appear to someone who is not your friend if they searched for “Photos of [your name]”. This content would have been difficult for ‘non-friends’ to find previously, so this is really worth checking. The steps for checking this content is in tip 2 in the guide.

Anti-Bullying Week (18 – 22 November 2013)

Next week is Anti-Bullying week in the UK, coordinated by the Anti-Bullying Alliance, under the slogan ‘The future is ours – safe, fun and connected’. This year the focus of the week is on calling children and young people to become leaders in creating a world without bullying. 

The Anti-Bullying Alliance website contains a lot of information about the week, planned events and resources for schools and briefing papers for youth workers, FE Colleges and parents and carers as well as fundraising ideas.
Follow the week’s highlights on Twitter @ABAonline #ABW2013.

We have also created a page on our website with some further resources. 

Why not use Anti-Bullying Week as a springboard for your preparations and start planning for Safer Internet Day – 11th February 2014?

Naace Annual COMPETITION for schools


Naace Comp

To mark it’s 30th birthday in 2014, Naace is inviting schools to enter this year’s competition! The theme is Class of 2044 – how will technology be helping us learn and teach 30 years from now? 

Schools are asked to design a digital artefact* to illustrate the above. For example this could be artwork using digital tools for inclusion on cover of the Naace Conference Magazine, an animation, a video, a sound recording, an app, a game etc.

The winners will receive a prize from a selection of tools contributed by the Naace Sponsoring Partners and the Awards Ceremony will take place at the Naace Strategic Conference, 27-28th March 2014 at the De Vere East Midlands Conference Centre, where winners will be invited to attend the Conference to showcase their entries.

To enter please register here and then send your digital artefact to aga.kelly@naace.co.uk.

The deadline for all submissions is 31 January 2014.

For terms and conditions go to http://www.naace.co.uk/events/conference2014/schoolcompetition

The FITS Practitioner 2 day course

The FITS Practitioner 2 day course is available in training centres across the country at a charge of £510 per delegate.  The LGfL technician community is able, by special arrangement with the FITS Foundation, to attend this course in London at a 20% discount.  The cost of this course includes a course reference manual, courseware, exercise material and the entrance fee for the examination that is held on the second day. 

‘Having done the FITS course it has showed me a way of applying the fits processes to on a wide variety of ICT Issues in a more structured way. It has given me the skills to be more reactive to incidents and to be more proactive in ensuring they don’t happen again.’ Jason Blair, London Borough of Havering

Courses are run termly at the Redbridge Teachers’ Centre, with the next 3 courses taking place on:

 20th & 21st November 2013

12th & 13th March 2014

18th & 19th June 2014

For any queries and to apply for a place on one of these courses contact Gary Jelks, IT Unit Team Leader.

Email Gary.Jelks@redbridge.gov.uk

Phone 0208 708 8880

Mobile 07958 681199

Fax 0208 708 8913

Are you a carer or an adoptive parent or work/ know those who are?

CEOP has launched two filmed modules that take a look at the specific risks associated with looked after and adopted children online. These short clips include interviews with professionals in the field and offer top tips based on real life experiences. Take a look, like and share to keep children and young people safer online.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LV6P5swzDAI – Advice for adoptive parents 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzwdbLKzuHQ – Advice for carers