Children online – 19,000 surveyed

Pupils online: National survey of 19,000 UK pupils reveals new trends in children’s internet use

Download the survey result below.

  • The results of a national pupil survey on internet use will be released on 3 February 2017 ahead of Safer Internet Day, taking data from over 60 schools and 19,000 pupils
  • Primary-aged pupils are most frequently using tablets and smartphones to access the internet
  • With greater access to the internet, concerns have been raised around the content that is accessible by young children, and how this can be combated effectively

Catshill Learning Partnerships, along with education technology association, Naace, have announced that the results from a national survey of pupils’ internet use at home, will be released  ahead of this year’s Safer Internet Day on 7 February.

The survey, which involved over 60 schools and over 19,000 pupils from across the UK, asked questions about the devices young people are using to get online. As expected, the results show that children of all ages are using a wide range of devices, but the figures for very young children surprisingly revealed that over 60 per cent of four to five-year-olds are using tablets to get online. The tablet is the online device of choice for primary children, but for secondary school-aged children, the smartphone is the most popular choice.

Key figures from the study show that:

  • Nearly half of four to seven-year-old children surveyed say they are using a smartphone to get online
  • 66 per cent of Year 7 pupils and 89 per cent of Year 10 pupils use a smartphone, which is the most popular method of accessing the internet
  • Over half of six-year-olds use a laptop to get online
  • Games consoles are used mostly by 10 and 11-year-olds with three main platforms (Xbox, Playstation and Wii) being popular
  • A wide range of other connected devices were being used at home. The most popular devices in the ‘Internet of Things’ category were other consoles such as the Nintendo DS, heating controls, smart meters and portable media devices. Smart fridges and kettles were mentioned but less common.

Edtech and online safety consultant, Brett Laniosh, from Catshill Learning Partnerships said, “We now know that children are using a wide range of technology to get online at home, but the findings for younger children will surprise many. The fact that so many four and five-year-olds are using smartphones and tablets to access what could be unfiltered content is of concern and one that is echoed by the Children’s Commissioners report “Growing up Digital” released earlier this month.

“We would encourage schools to find out what devices their pupils are using at home and then compare their results with the national average.” Brett added, “I would also encourage schools to heed the advice of the Children’s Commissioner and establish Digital Leaders in school to get young people involved with the delivery of online safety education. For parents, it is vital to speak with your children to find out what hardware they have access to and which ones are being used to access online content. The discussion should also cover whether they are being used appropriately, for example protecting personal privacy and spending an appropriate amount of time using them.”

Download the Survey Results here

 

About Catshill Learning Partnerships:

Catshill Learning Partnerships is an independent computing, ICT and e-safety consultant network, providing curriculum support to schools. Established in 2011, its school-based services also include professional development and educational technology advice.

Catshill Learning Partnerships are Naace Delivery Partners. A national network of trusted educational organisations who work together to provide quality support services for schools.

For more details, please email info@catshill.com or ring 01527 313 880

 

About Naace:

Naace is the national association for everyone promoting learning with technology in a connected world.  Naace is the professional association for those concerned with advancing education by capitalising on the opportunities of the connected world and technology. This involves advancing pedagogy and ensuring that strong computing knowledge and skills are spread to all pupils and all teachers. The Naace community provides support and professional development opportunities for teachers and school leaders.  Our membership also includes advisers, consultants and industry partners.  Naace administers the ICT Mark and the Self-review Framework and has developed the Third Millennium Learning award to enable schools to share their insights on how to take education to the next level.

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Green screen iMovie course – 2 Mar

The use of Green Screen and iMovie to enhance learning in the classroom.

A short high impact course for teachers

Ideal for
Computing co-ordinators/Class teachers/NQTs  – Primary Phase

This is a practical course which will enable you to become computing proficient in using a green screen.  It is not essential to have a green screen within your school – learn how to make one of your own!  In addition, you will learn how to create BAFTA award winning iMovies to enhance the children’s learning experience across the curriculum.

  • How does a green screen impact on children’s learning?
  • How to use a green screen.
  • How to create a DIY green screen.
  • How to merge green screen clips using an iPad/ MacBook for dummies 🙂
  • How to use iMovies to enhance children’s learning across all curriculum areas.

This course is presented by Sophie Thomas. Although not essential, it would be helpful to bring a Macbook or iPad to this course.

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

Venue: The Vaynor First School, Redditch

Scratch Course – 10 Mar

Hands on training using the brilliant free programming tool.

A short high impact course for teachers

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

Based on the award winning and free software package Scratch which has been developed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT, this practical course assumes no prior knowledge.

Scratch is a free visual programming language used to easily create animations, games, etc. and is an important stepping stone in the world of computer programming.

  • A cost effective way of implementing programming.
  • Uses fun, exciting and free software that encourages high level thinking and creativity.
  • Can be used with year 3 to year 9.
  • Covers the interface, sprites, command blocks and everything you need to know.
  • Linked to the computing programme of study.

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

Venue: Westacre Middle School, Droitwich

Short High Impact Courses

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
  • Held at conveniently located Centres of Excellence with refreshments included
  • Delivered by experienced learning practitioners and professionals with years of educational experience
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DroitwichWestacre Middle School
RedditchThe Vaynor First School
WorcesterThe Chantry School

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Curriculum planning

How to implement an effective computing curriculum. Covers the complete programme of study. Ideal for those who have to teach computing.

A short high impact course for teachers

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

This course covers the complete Computing programme of study including ICT and Digital Literacy.

  • Plan a meaningful curriculum that can be delivered by all your staff.
  • How to deliver exciting lessons in order to meet statutory requirements.
  • Technological words explained, so that you will understand difficult concepts such as algorithms and abstraction.
  • Complete coverage from reception to year nine.

Key resources and practical advice

  • A staff survey that can be used to record understanding and confidence levels.
  • A list of objectives and complete curriculum overview for every year that you can use straight away.
  • Use and create programmes using award winning and free software.
  • Review of schemes of work.

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

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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

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Computing Framework – Updated

Updated in 2016!

The Primary Computing Framework has been written for schools that don’t want the restriction of every lesson being pre-planned, but who want a more structured starting point than the National Curriculum document. Featuring over 100 pages of year by year guidance, the Framework comes with access to pre-made resources and links to other useful content.

Find out more and save 20% off the Primary Framework here.

Naace ICT Mark Course

Preparing for the Naace ICT Mark assessment

A short high impact course for teachers

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Ideal for
ICT lead/Head of Computing/ Senior leaders – Primary or Secondary Phase

This course is will help schools who are working through the Self-review Framework (SRF) and towards the ICT Mark. It is also suitable for schools who are considering ICT Mark assessment.

Each element of the SRF will be clarified. Information and resources to help understand the evidence required for assessment will be provided.

Areas of focus 

  • An understanding of the elements of the SRF
  • Consistency in applying judgements of threshold for the ICT Mark
  • Identifying and working with relevant and important stakeholders in school
  • The assessment process – How it works and what type of evidence you require
  • Be able to identify an appropriate route though the SRF and plan the journey

Elements covered

  • Leadership and Management
  • Planning and Learning
  • Computing and Capability
  • Evaluating the impact of ICT
  • Professional Development and Resources

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

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BBC Micro:bit course

Make the most of your free BBC computers and find out what they can do…

A short high impact course for teachers

bbc-microbitThe Micro:bit is designed to encourage children to get actively involved in writing software for computers and building new things, rather than being consumers of media. A million devices have been given to every year 7 pupil in the UK.  This course demystifies the tech and explains how to make the most of your devices.

  • Don’t let your free BBC Micro:bits end up in dusty cupboards
  • Fun, hands on training for staff
  • We will show you how to write programs and ensure that you are familiar with the hardware
Ideal for
Head of Computing ICT/Computing teachers – Secondary or Primary Phase

A fantastic 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 using the block editor, touch develop and python
  • How to connect to other devices using the Inventors Kit
  • No coding or technical experience needed – this course is suitable for everyone
“Good to discuss with other teachers.” Chris Howard, Abbey Park Middle School “I found the hands on coding really useful and I am looking forward to teaching some of this to our current year 7’s.” Richard Martin, Abbey Park Middle School “The course is a very useful introduction to the hardware and coding activities that can be carried out with the BBC micro:bit. It gives you the opportunity to try some hands on activities with the micro:bit.” Cheryl Jarvis, Catshill Middle School “Good short introduction – great overview of functionality and applications available. Brett is very engaging and maintains a good pace throughout.” Carolyn Aynsworth, Malvern St James Girls’ 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

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Apps for Computing course

Hands on training  to show the best tools and apps for teaching computing on tablets

A short high impact course for teachers

 

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Ideal for
Any teacher or TA that teaches computing – Primary Phase

Programming can be challenging without a keyboard but there are some great apps out there that can be used to to deliver the computing curriculum.

This course will cover a range of recommended apps for use on iPads and Android tablets.

  • Recommended, proven free apps
  • Covered  apps – Pyonkee, Snap!, Touch Develop, J2Code, 2Code, Kodable,  Hopscotch
  • Hands on in detail with ScratchJr, Run Marco and Lightbot
  • Gives schools a cost effective way of implementing programming
  • Suitable for all teachers regardless of their teaching and
    training experience
  • Linked to the computing programme of study

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

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Online Safety for School Staff

Essential information for school staff

A short high impact course for teachers

Ideal for
All staff/NQTs/TAs – Secondary or Primary Phase

The essential things you need to know about how you and your pupils can stay safe online and referring to the DFE statutory guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’.

  • Technology in use at home including the Internet of Things
  • Personal and professional issues
  • Vulnerability
  • Grooming
  • Cyber-bullying
  • Sexting
  • Radicalisation
  • Social media including Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram

As well as the areas above, this course gives helpful guidance to teachers about protecting their online identity and suggests practical steps that schools can use to implement effective E-Safety procedures.

  • Protecting yourself – practical advice
  • Key stakeholders – parents, governors, safeguarding boards, agencies such as CEOP and Childnet
  • Essential resources and proven strategies
  • Best practice
  • Reporting procedures

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

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360 E-Safe Self Review Preparation

Preparing for the 360safe E-Safety review

A short high impact course for teachers

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

Help with completing the 360safe online safety review in order to ensure that online safety is embedded across your school.

  • Explaining the elements, strands and aspects of the tool
  • Policy and Leadership
  • Infrastructure
  • Education
  • Standards and Inspection

This course will cover the key areas required and help you to complete the 360safe online safety review and/or get ready for assessment.

  • A process for identifying strengths and weaknesses of existing practice
  • Responsibilities and relevant stakeholders
  • Help in identifying your existing levels
  • Guidance and best practice
  • Templates and updates using best practices
  • An action plan for your 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

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Ideas for Safer Internet Day

10 things you can do in the run up to Safer Internet Day 2017

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1Set up digital leaders or if you have a team bring them to a workshopFind out how
2Review your AUPs and online safety policiesFind out how
3Run a workshop for parentsFind out how
4Carry out a survey of internet use by pupilsFind out how
5Get your digital leaders to produce an e-safety game or blogFind out how
6Create an e-safety game in ScratchFind out how
7Run an online event for all your classesFind out how
8Get your pupils to run a showcase lesson for parents Find out how
9Update your staff on the new DfE guidelinesFind out how
10Carry out a review using the 360 ESafe toolFind out how

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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

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National Pupil Internet Use survey

Schools across the UK were 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

Once signed up, schools were sent a survey form for completion in the Autumn 2016 term.

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

The numbers will be collated for each school with the national results published for Safer Internet Day on February 7th 2017.

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Results from the survey

National survey results from over 19,000 pupils in schools across the UK will be available here  on 30th January.

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

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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)

BBC Microbit

Due to demand, Catshill Learning Partnerships have developed a BBC:Microbit training course for schools. Find out more.

The BBC have produced  a pocket-sized, computer that allows children to get creative with technology. The aim is to inspire digital creativity and develop a new generation of tech pioneers.

This ambitious education initiative gave a million devices to every 11 or 12 year old child in year 7 or equivalent across the UK.

The school based course is a great introduction that is suitable for staff and pupils and can be run in the school day or as a twilight after school.

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Key features of the micro:bit include:

 • 25 red LEDs to light up, flash messages, create games and invent digital stories.

• Two programmable buttons activated when pressed. Use the micro:bit as a games controller. Pause or skip songs on a playlist.

• On-board motion detector or “accelerometer” that can detect movement and tell other devices you’re on the go. Featured actions include shake, tilt and freefall. Turn the micro:bit into a spirit level. Light it up when something is moved. Use it for motion-activated games.

• A built-in compass or “magnetometer” to sense which direction you’re facing, your movement in degrees, and where you are. Includes an in-built magnet, and can sense certain types of metal.

• Bluetooth Smart Technology to connect to the internet and interact with the world around you. Connect the micro:bit to other micro:bits, devices, kits, phones, tablets, cameras and everyday objects all around. Share creations or join forces to create multi-micro:bit masterpieces. Take a selfie. Pause a DVD or control your playlist.

• Five Input and Output (I/O) rings to connect the micro:bit to devices or sensors using crocodile clips or 4mm banana plugs. Use the micro:bit to send commands to and from the rings, to power devices like robots and motors.

Read more about the BBC Microbit project here.

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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Progression in computing

If you’ve managed to map the computing curriculum and your teachers are delivering exciting lessons, how do you assess what is going on and ensure that there is progression?

A common myth is that progression is demonstrated by using different software. Moving from from Beebots to ScratchJnr to Scratch to Kodu to Python to PHP does NOT mean progression.

You can deliver A-level courses with Scratch and year two lessons with Scratch.  You may wish to consider progression pathways but is there a less challenging way to look at progression?

Progression at KS1 and KS2 Computing

The above screen shot is an alternative representation of the assessment grid that can be found in the excellent Computing in the Curriculum guide produced by our friends at CAS. We believe our version improves on the original. It doesn’t have numerical levels but shows steps for success. It also uses colour to identify the three themes of  computing (blue), IT (red) and digital literacy (green).

Download the KS1/2 and KS2/3 versions.

Work in progress – We are also developing a dynamic version of the progression map with every statement hyperlinked to practical advice. So when you are asked what “Use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs” means, you can click on the text that will take you to a page that explains (with pictures!) what it all means.  Get in touch if you’d like to know more about this project.

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Running showcase lessons with parents

Paul Barber, Assistant Head at Westacre Middle School shares his experiences

Computing showcase

As a school, we were keen to increase the footfall for our parents’ e safety meetings. Generally numbers were fairly low, but feedback to the sessions was always positive. We had always received positive feedback for our events over the year that supported transition (as a middle school, this is for our pupils joining us in Year 5) which includes various invites for parents to join their child in ‘showcase’ lessons, where adults have the opportunity to join in with a lesson and see what the pupils have been learning.

To hopefully utilize the success of this model within our e-safety drive, we decided to combine the two. At the end of the autumn term, parents of our new intake in year 5 were invited into school for a Computing Showcase. This involved a half an hour session with their child in our ICT suite simply looking at all of the learning achieved over the term and any work created in Computing lessons.

A definite buzz could be felt in the room from both children and adults, with pupils having the chance to share and teach what they had been learning. To link this session in with e-safety, we encouraged the pupils to share with the adults the ‘Think U Know’ website that they had already used within their Computing Digital Literacy sessions, and used members of our Cyber Council (pupil led digital leaders group) to welcome parents and introduce themselves. After the initial thirty minutes, pupils returned to their classrooms while the adults remained in the ICT suite.

At this point, myself and Brett Laniosh led an e-safety discussion which looked in more detail at online safety. As per usual, the feedback from attending parents to this session was positive.

Numbers of parents attending compared to last year increased slightly, and we will try this model again next term. We have sent out letters to this effect to all parents across school and invited parents to suggest suitable days and times that they could attend such a session, in order to take into account some parents’ other commitments.