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Micro classrooms

Government to implement MicroClassrooms following the MicroPub Revolution

Following the phenomenal rise of the MicroPub, the UK Government is recommending that schools should start to use cupboards as micro-classrooms. “Putting pupils and teachers in cupboards makes a lot of sense for schools looking to reduce budgets and make the most of limited room”, an Education Minister has said.

The MicroPub revolution began when Martyn Hillier turned a former butcher’s shop in the Kent village of Herne into a pub. The MicroPub focuses on cask ales, good conversation and friendly atmosphere.  MicroPubs are now appearing across the UK with 300 now open.  A Government spokesperson announced today (1/4/2017) that the micro pub model  could effectively be applied to classrooms resulting in considerable cost savings for schools looking to cut budgets.

E-Safety Policies Course

Review and update your online safety policies and procedures.

A short high impact course for teachers

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Ideal for
Safeguarding/Computing/ICT lead – Secondary or Primary Phase

An opportunity to update your e-safety, password and acceptable use policies in accordance with the DFE’s statutory guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education‘ released in September 2016.

  • Working with your existing policies or using our provided templates
  • E-Safety policies
  • Acceptable Use Policies
  • Password Policy
  • Ofsted and inspection preparation

This course will cover the key areas required for your e-safety policies to ensure they are fit for purpose.

  • A review of your existing policies
  • Guidance and best practice
  • Templates and updates using best practices
  • E-Safety audits
  • Question and Answer session

High impact courses for teachers covering a range of themes including school improvement and higher level thinking, technology and computing, safeguarding and online safety.

  • Cost effective – just £49 per delegate (£29 for additional delegates from same school)
  • Minimum disruption – High Impact courses run from 1pm to 3pm
  • Conveniently located course venues with refreshments included
  • Delivered by experienced learning practitioners and professionals with years of educational experience

We can deliver this course at your school. Complete this form for more details.

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E-Safety Policy updateDigital leaders in your school360 E-Safe self review preparationOnline safety for school staffSocial Media for schoolsPlanning and delivering the computing curriculumUsing Scratch to teach computingApps for teaching computingBBC Micro:bit training for schoolsBBC Micro:bit RoboticsBBC Micro:bit Physical ComputingPreparing for the Naace ICT Mark assessmentGreen Screen and iMovie in the classroom

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Social Media for schools

The essential guide to promoting your school safely using social media.

A short high impact course for teachers

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Ideal for
Senior staff/ Business Managers/ Administrators / Technical  support – Secondary or Primary Phase

If you are looking to raise the profile of your school, social media should be an integral part of your marketing strategy. This hands on course will show you how to use social media such as Twitter and LinkedIn to raise the profile of your school, increase your influence and engage more widely with your community and target audiences such as prospective parents.

Using Social Media safely

In order to protect your school, we will give you guidelines to ensure your campaign is effective, appropriate and safe for your school

  • Minimise risks from unwelcome users and deal with any negative publicity
  • The latest popular platforms and how they may impact on you and your pupils
  • Keep an eye on what parents, schools and others are saying about you

Promoting your school

  • How to set up a presence or develop an existing one in order to get maximum benefit
  • Ensuring that you are up to speed with all aspects of social media
  • Celebrating children’s work
  • Effective parental and community engagement
  • Marketing your school to potential parents
  • Managing your social media campaign successfully to achieve  results without taking up too much staff time

High impact courses for teachers covering a range of themes including school improvement and higher level thinking, technology and computing, safeguarding and online safety.

  • Cost effective – just £49 per delegate (£29 for additional delegates from same school)
  • Minimum disruption – High Impact courses run from 1pm to 3pm
  • Conveniently located course venues with refreshments included
  • Delivered by experienced learning practitioners and professionals with years of educational experience

We can deliver this course at your school. Complete this form for more details.

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National Pupil Internet Use survey

Schools across the UK have been invited to take part in a national survey of internet use by pupils when at home.  Brett Laniosh from Catshill Learning Partnerships, who are carrying out the survey, said that the results will provide valuable information to schools on the range of hardware such as laptops, tablets, consoles and smart phones being used by young people. The survey is supported by education technology association Naace.

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About the survey

Each class are shown a number of devices and pupils are asked to show by raising their hand which they use at home.

The numbers were collated for each school with the national results published here for Safer Internet Day 2017.

A free teaching resource has been published and is available here.

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Schools can still carry out the survey and compare their results with the national average by completing the form below.

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KS1 (Reception, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3)KS2 (Year 4, Year 5, Year 6)KS3 (Year 7, Year 8, Year 9)KS4 (Year 10, Year 11)

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DfE Standards for CPD

A standard for teachers’ professional development has been issued by the DFE.

The Teachers’ Standards set out a number of expectations about professional development; namely, that teachers should:

  • Keep their knowledge and skills as teachers up-to-date and be self-critical;
  • Take responsibility for improving teaching through appropriate professional development, responding to advice and feedback from colleagues;
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how pupils learn and how this has an impact on teaching;
  • Have a secure knowledge of the relevant subject(s) and curriculum areas;
  • Reflect systematically on the effectiveness of lessons and approaches to teaching; and
  • Know and understand how to assess the relevant subject and curriculum areas.

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We at Catshill Learning Partnerships are proud to deliver professional development  courses and training that meets the published standard:

1Professional development should have a focus on improving and evaluating pupil outcomes.tick
2Professional development should be underpinned by robust evidence and expertise. tick
3Professional development should include collaboration and expert challenge. tick
4Professional development programmes should be sustained over time. tick
5And all this is underpinned by, and requires that: Professional development must be prioritised by school leadership tick

“Effective professional development for teachers is a core part of securing effective teaching. It cannot exist in isolation, rather it requires a pervasive culture of scholarship with a shared commitment for teachers to support one another to develop so that pupils benefit from the highest quality teaching.”
(Ref DFE-00167-2016)

Parents’ iPad Prize Draw

Our iPad prize draw is a great way to maximise parental engagement at Online Safety for Parents so we will be running it again for schools that book a presentation during September, October and November 2016.

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All parents attending Online Safety for Parents will be entered into a prize draw to win an iPad mini which has been kindly donated by Zeus IT Services.

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Prize kindly donated by ZeusIT

Maximise parental engagement by promoting the iPad Prize Draw and there are more ideas here.

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Physical Computing Course

Hands on Physical Activities for the BBC Micro:bit

A short high impact course for teachers

Ideal for
Head of Computing ICT/Computing teachers – Secondary or Primary Phase

You will be connecting a range of sensors and output devices to your BBC Micro:bit in order to bring real world computing to the classroom. At the end of the course there is an option to keep the seven classroom activities and the kit to use back in school.

  • Seven different activities with lesson notes
  • Six different input and output devices
  • Fun, hands on training for staff that you can use in the classroom
  • Physical activity kit including lesson notes with an option to keep it at the end of the course!

A great way to make best use of this importance device. 

  • All you need to know about the hardware and how to program it
  • You will learn how to write programs for the kit using the block editor
  • Sensors in the kit: Potentiometer, touch switch, piezo buzzer, headphone adaptor, light emitting diode, light sensor
  • Lesson activities:  Theramin, Hearing Test, Door Alarm, Persistence of vision, Visual Analogue reading, LED brightness by Pulse Width Modulation, Sun exposure alarm
  • No coding or technical experience needed – this course is suitable for everyone

High impact courses for teachers covering a range of themes including school improvement and higher level thinking, technology and computing, safeguarding and online safety.

  • Cost effective – just £49
  • Minimum disruption – High Impact courses run from 1pm to 3pm
  • Conveniently located course venues with refreshments included
  • Delivered by experienced learning practitioners and professionals with years of educational experience

We can deliver this course at your school. Complete this form for more details.

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Position in school eg head teacher, safeguarding lead, ICT Co-ordinator

I am interested in attending/hosting the following short course:
E-Safety Policy updateDigital leaders in your school360 E-Safe self review preparationOnline safety for school staffSocial Media for schoolsPlanning and delivering the computing curriculumUsing Scratch to teach computingApps for teaching computingBBC Micro:bit training for schoolsBBC Micro:bit RoboticsBBC Micro:bit Physical ComputingPreparing for the Naace ICT Mark assessmentGreen Screen and iMovie in the classroom

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Digital Leaders Course

How to set up digital leaders in your school in order to promote online safety

A short high impact course for teachers

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Ideal for
Safeguarding/Computing/ICT lead – Secondary or Primary Phase

Having digital leaders in school empowers pupil voice, makes e-safety learning fun and effective and has a proven positive impact on pupils – including safer online behaviours and increased e-safety knowledge.

  • Pupil involvement is a key element in promoting e-safety effectively
  • Digital Leaders gain key skills such as leadership and management, communication and collaboration
  • Engages parents and staff
  • Provides evidence of impact so you are ready for inspection
  • Digital Leaders help you work towards outstanding e-safety practice in school and across your community

This course will cover the key information you need and give you practical advice in order to set up your own digital leaders.

  • How to set up your own digital leaders
  • Training and support materials
  • Practical advice and guidance
  • Setting up of assemblies, displays and online support materials that can be linked from the school website
  • Free high quality resources including videos to use in school
“A useful short introduction to Digital Leaders and e-safety/social media.” Dan Hallington, Wyre Forest School

“A great short course, good ideas.” Sophie Thomas, The Vaynor First School

“Very helpful for online safety in general and as a Digital Leader tool.” Jo Kehoe, Wyre Forest School.

“Brilliant high impact short course. Engaging subject matter covered in a variety of interesting ways.” Faron Alsop, Our Lady & St Kenelm Primary School.

“There was lots of helpful advice and this will provide great networking opportunities. Everything was made relevant to the school. Thank you for all the information and resources they will come in very useful.” Jorgie Best, Olive Hill Primary School,

High impact courses for teachers covering a range of themes including school improvement and higher level thinking, technology and computing, safeguarding and online safety.

  • Cost effective – just £49 per delegate (£29 for additional delegates from same school)
  • Minimum disruption – High Impact courses run from 1pm to 3pm
  • Conveniently located course venues with refreshments included
  • Delivered by experienced learning practitioners and professionals with years of educational experience

We can deliver this course at your school. Complete this form for more details.

Your Name

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Position in school eg head teacher, safeguarding lead, ICT Co-ordinator

I am interested in attending/hosting the following short course:
E-Safety Policy updateDigital leaders in your school360 E-Safe self review preparationOnline safety for school staffSocial Media for schoolsPlanning and delivering the computing curriculumUsing Scratch to teach computingApps for teaching computingBBC Micro:bit training for schoolsBBC Micro:bit RoboticsBBC Micro:bit Physical ComputingPreparing for the Naace ICT Mark assessmentGreen Screen and iMovie in the classroom

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BBC Micro:bit hardware

We can now supply the following products to schools

1. BBC Micro:bit Robot Kit – £25 each

A fully functional low-cost robot that includes instructions for building your robot and programming it using the block editor.

Key information

  • The Robot Kits is delivered to your school.
  • Instructions and resources are sent electronically in PDF format
  • There is a minimum order of 10 items.
  • Contact us for a quote.

2. BBC Micro:bit Physical Activity Kit – £20 each

The kit includes six different input and output devices and seven different activities with lesson notes.

Key information

  • The Physical Activity Kit is delivered to your school.
  • Instructions and resources are sent electronically in PDF format
  • There is a minimum order of 10 items.
  • Contact us for a quote.