Top Tips for Online Safety

Online Safety is hugely complex area.  One of the main challenges is that the threats and issues which young people come up against in the online world are constantly changing.

Just as you feel you’ve got a handle on what’s going on online something new pops up, the repercussions of which are felt deeply in the whole school community.  It’s an area of your work which can never be ticked off your to do list.

The CLC work with schools to assess online safety policy and practice and ensure teachers, pupils and parents are informed, aware and compliant with the latest Ofsted guidance. Here we share our top tips to get you started.



Online Safety is a whole school issue – so make it a whole school responsibility.

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Digital Leaders Philharmonia Virtual Reality Day

On Monday, 26 September our Digital Leader Programme launched at the Southbank Centre. Over 50 children from six London schools had the opportunity to explore the Philharmonia Orchestra’s new interactive exhibition ‘Universe of Sound. The CLC Digital Leader Programme supports children and young people who have taken on a role championing the use of digital technologies among their peers, teachers and parents. Our intensive events help upskill pupils both in the use of new technologies and in their role as mentors and leaders. Education Development Trust’s award winning London CLC helps schools and other settings use digital technologies to improve learning.


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Digital Explorers

This year has seen the launch of our Digital Champions programme, which aims to help people in Lambeth to learn and share digital skills.

One aspect of the programme is Digital Explorers, as chance for people with basic IT problems to come and spend some time one-on-one with us and get some help.

We’ve hit the ground running, with a number of learners already taking advantage of the free advice on offer.

One of those learners was Sam, who came to us wanting help in setting up an email account and learning to use it. We started at the beginning, searching for the login page, creating an address and password – discussing the importance of secure password – and away we went. When the session started, Sam had never sent an email. By the end, she had sent and received 4, including one sent with a picture attachment.

Sam sent us an email from home today to say thanks.

Happy New Term – Get going with our award – winning CPD

After a restful summer, the London CLC team are glad to be back, ready for a new school year. The Autumn term will bring with it a wide variety of CPD opportunities through our range of training courses for teachers.

Book now by emailing Kim – Free to SLA schools!

New to Subject Leadership in Computing, 21 Sept, 9am-12pm

We’ll kick things off on the morning of September 21st with an introduction to subject leadership, designed to support new computing leads. This will be the first in a series of sessions taking place across the year, with a view to supporting attendees’ development in their role through targeted support, and by helping new leads form a network across London.
Teach Computing (KS1 and KS2), 22nd Sept, 9.15am-3.30pm

On Thursday 22nd and Thursday 29th September we will host our two Teach Computing sessions, focusing on KS1 and KS2 respectively. These will present attendees with a toolkit of useful ideas and resources to support the teaching of the computing curriculum, starting with lower school in the first session and moving on to KS2 in the second.
Languages (MFL) Forum, 5th Oct, 9am-12pm
This session is for anyone involved in coordinating or teaching modern foreign languages and will be facilitated by a lead advisory teacher. The forum is an opportunity for teachers to learn about policy and curriculum updates, share thoughts and ideas, and participate in practical activity led by CLC staff to demonstrate how technology can support the teaching of languages.
Minecraft Across the Curriculum, 6th Oct, 9.15am-3.30pm
Anyone who teaches primary will be aware of the enduring enthusiasm children have for the world-building computer game, Minecraft. During this session teachers can get to grips the the workings of the game, as well as learning about its broad range of applications right across the primary curriculum. We will use a version of Minecraft which was been specifically developed for use in the classroom, and offer advice on how this features can help facilitate a productive session.
Animation Across the Curriculum, 12th Oct, 9.15am-3.30pm
From re-telling stories to animating scientific concept or historical event, animation can be a great way to bring any curriculum area to life. During this session attendees will work with CLC specialists to learn animation and editing techniques as well as receiving guidance on structuring and managing animation work within the curriculum.
SLT Online Safety Briefing, 13th Oct, 10am-11am
This briefing session will provide SLT with an overview of the complex and ever-changing area of Online Safety with reference to Ofsted’s focus on the areas of policy, practice and procedure. The session will help equip SLT to return to school will a full understanding of Ofsted’s requirements and expectations with regard to online safety, and how to address any concerns they may have for their school’s current practice.

Education, Arts and Technology: Free conference for arts education specialists

EducationArts and Technology


Opportunities and risk in the digital age

 Wednesday 28 September 1pm – 5.15pm FREE

If you want to explore the use of digital within your programmes and are interested in how schools are using technology within and beyond the curriculum, this free half-day session is for you. 

Targeted at education and learning departments within creative and cultural organisations the session will focus on the technologies in use in schools, the emerging trends and the inevitable barriers and challenges.  From schools’ use of twitter to the use of Minecraft for creative, collaborative classroom projects, the session will give an insight into the array of innovative practice in UK schools.

To book your place please click here  or email Kim Morrison;

A draft agenda is below – A pre-conference survey focusing on barriers and opportunities in terms of digital within arts organisations will be given to all participants. The  results of this will inform the content of some sessions.

1pm – Registration

Delegates are invited to try out various devices/software pre-conference (3D printers, VRheadsets, Raspberry Pi etc)

1.30pm   Keynote – The state of IT in schools

This  session will help arts organisations better understand how schools are using technology to support whole school development.  The session will focus on what technology is being used, emerging trends and navigating the risks  as well as exploring  how  arts organisations can tap into innovative practice.

2.30pm Workshop 1

The popularity of games like Minecraft mean that an increasingly large proportion of children’s creative energy is applied to the making of game-based content. This provides an excellent opportunity for educators to harness an existing enthusiasm in order to enrich a variety of curriculum areas. In this session you’ll have a chance to get to grips with Minecraft and collaborate with others to create your own virtual world.

An introduction to computational thinking 
As one of the few subjects in the national curriculum to mention ‘creativity’, computing offers many opportunities for children to use their imagination and ingenuity. Computational thinking is at the heart of the new computing curriculum and this session will explore what this is and how schools are approaching the teaching of this concept from KS1 up.

3.30pm – Refreshments

3.30pm – 4.30pm  Workshop 2

BBC Microbit  


is a major initiative from the BBC giving every year 7 in the country a handheld, fully programmable computer.  The scheme, which aims to support the teaching of computing and computational thinking at KS3, is hugely ambitious encouraging every 11/12 in the country to get creative and to get coding.  

Twitter & social media 
This practical talk will showcase how schools are using social media both within teaching/learning and also as a PR tool.  As more and more schools begin to use social media to teach, learn and share, this session will explore how arts organisations can tap into this and engage with teachers and schools  

Getting more from your iPad 
An introduction to the popular apps used in primary schools to create, make, assess and reflect. If your department has or is thinking about using iPads, this session will provide a good overview of how primary schools are using these devices within teaching and learning.

4.30pm  Discussion 
Barriers, opportunities and next steps.  

5.15pm END

London CLC and South London Raspberry Jam’s Family Hack Day

On Wednesday 27th July we were thrilled to host a Autism and Tourette’s Syndrome friendly Hack day with South London Families, working with South London Raspberry Jam.

The day kicked of with a chance for the children to explore a range of technology and activities including virtual reality headsets, Web Design and Makey Makey electronics.

Next up families had a choice of two workshops both involving the BBC Micro:bit; they could either have fun programming Kodu games controlled by the device, or they could use it to create some electronic music by hacking into a speaker.

After a quick lunch in the park the families came back together for another workshop. This time Grace from South London Raspberry Jam showed them how to build Crumble robots to program them to follow a line of tape. It was lovely to see parents and children sharing their skills and working together to achieve something they could all feel proud of.

The last activity gave the families a chance to collaborate as a group in a virtual world. They used a multiplayer Minecraft server to create buildings within their very own city. After this we came together for a final discussion about what everyone had learnt and enjoyed, and to watch a film capturing the day’s activities. Why not take a look!

CLC Summer Film Competition

Calling all budding film makers!

The CLC are looking for young film makers to submit short films or animations to be showcased on our popular Vimeo Channel. We are looking for films about anything and everything – so get your imagination flowing and get creating.

The Rules

  1. Films must be between 20 seconds and 4 minutes long.
  2. They must be made by someone under 16 (help is allowed!)
  3.  They must be family friendly!


For inspiration have a look at the CLC’s extensive collection of films made by young people over the past 10 years.

REMEMBER you do not need a video camera! Smart phones, iPads and some still cameras make excellent films.

If you or any of your friends appear in the film we will need your parent or carers permission to put them online.

The iCanAnimate app & iMovie  might help.

Email: to submit a film or for help.



Free Film CPD with Into Film

This academic year London CLC are partnering with Into Film to offer film and animation training entirely free to educators working with young people aged 5-19 in schools, youth or community groups.


Filmmaking has the power not only to increase educational attainment for pupils across the curriculum but also to empower teachers with an exciting new means of assessing learning. Our Filmmaking training emphasises film as a teaching tool to encourage deep and active learning and facilitates young people in taking control of their own learning processes.

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Still time to join our award-winning Computing Summer School

IBM computing summer school, an intensive 4-day course running 12th to 15th July at IBM HQ on the south bank. This is the 3rd year we have run the  award-winning course at IBM HQ. The course was originally part funded by the DfE and is now funded by IBM.
By attending this 4 day course teachers will have the opportunity to: 
  • receive in-depth and award winning professional learning for primary computing subject leaders
  • explore cutting edge education technology including BBC micro:bits, Minecraft and Raspberry Pi
  • demystify online safety and computer science.
  • become confident in assessment and primary computing.
  • working with IBM professionals to bring the curriculum to life in a real-world context.
  • work at IBM’s HQ on the southbank

The cost of the course is £100 which includes resources, material, and meals.

To apply please complete the form.

The course is aimed at teachers with a responsibility for computing in school. It will be delivered by IBM professionals alongside teachers from the award winning London Connected Learning Centre.

I definitely feel more confident in my abilities as subject leader. The programme has really helped me to develop my skills and understanding and my focus now is to pass this on to colleagues in school. I use the network of teachers all the time now and often get in touch with the contacts I made over the duration of the course to ask for help and advice. It’s helped me understand the application of computing and computer science in the real world. Thanks so much for letting us be a part of this great project’

Computing Subject Lead, Granton Primary School

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