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LGfL Newsletter September 2020
Dear <<First Name>>,

The LGfL team hope the return to school and a new academic year has started well for all! No doubt the first few days of the new academic year has seen staff trying to grapple with new risk assessments, guidance and changes to the school day to accomodate bubbles and to limit the interaction across Year Groups. Whatever your school setting has put in place, we know you are doing your very best for the community you serve and we hope it has been a positive start for all concerned. 
Read on for:
New to LGfL Schools This Autumn
 
LEASING - LGfL will be offering schools leasing services to enable investment in IT for schools.

SUPER VALUE DEVICES - LGfL is now offering Chromebook , Winbooks and Ipads (soon) to schools at amazing prices.

FILTERING FOR CHILDREN AT HOME – LGfL has launched a new service called HomeProtect that uses the same filtering at home as we use for schools.

SAFEGUARDING – LGfL is procuring a national solution for proactive monitoring that we will be offering schools next term.

CLOUDSQUAD – LGfL will be launching a service to support schools and IT companies who are moving to the cloud.
 
DON’T FORGET – You can claim your free licences from LGfL for anti-virus, malware protection, Adobe Creative Cloud, Neverware etc. We’ve provided 1.2 million free licences to our customers already!! Check out how much you’re saving with LGfL at
https://savings.lgfl.net
 
Visit our new website at
www.ngfl.net to find out more.
Maintenance of Equipment Cabinet
It is never upper most in the mind of the School Business Manager or Headteacher especially when dealing with the ever changing guidance for dealing with the Covid situation in schools, but the management of your IT infrastructure (at least once a year) is an investment worth making!  It follows the old age a stitch in time, and we strongly recommend to schools of all sizes that they plan maintenance within the school year. 
By way of example, we include two images – the first is a well organised and maintained system cabinet.  This allows faults to be found quickly, any upgrades to be installed reducing downtime, it is compliant with all Health and Safety Regulations and will even contribute to keeping the equipment performing well.  The second image is what can happen in a hectic school – it is completely understandable – schools must focus on educating pupils, however, this prohibits the upkeep of your systems, can be unsafe and lead to more expense when something goes wrong.  It is worth asking your regular service provider to take the time to tidy your cabinet, remove obsolete equipment and check cabling (they don’t last forever).
Pledge 2020 Reminder
A Reminder to Headteachers/ Site Supervisors/ School Business Managers,
Pledge2020 has not only delivered upgraded schools bandwidths, it has also provided millions of pounds worth of new and upgraded equipment.  Please note: The equipment removed still has value and is repurposed.  We kindly remind schools NOT to dispose of equipment that is removed during the upgrade; it will be collected by our couriers when they are next in the area.

Make sure you visit the Pledge 2020 page and hit "Count Me In" to register for your broadband boost if you have not yet done so. (You might be entitled to a 200% faster internet connection without spending a penny).
Ed Tech Demonstrator Programme
The end of September sees the deadline for Contingency Planning for Outbreaks. Alongside your contingency planning you will no doubt be looking to develop a deeper and longer lasting plan for a blended learning approach that recognises the value of learning both in and beyond the classroom with digital, low-tech and no-tech.
The Ed Tech Demonstrator Schools and Colleges Programme includes a network of schools and colleges across England who exhibit effective practice in the use of technology. The programme was announced last year to boost peer-to-peer support on the effective use of technology and has now been tailored to help schools and colleges provide education remotely, following the outbreak of the pandemic. It is powered by a nation network of Demonstrator Schools and Colleges and supported by a consortium of Delivery Partners - LGfL, Sheffield Institute of Education and The Education Foundation (EF).
We will be hosting an 'Edtech Week' during 9th to 14th November. This is currently a work in progress, but the finalised agenda when ready and registration will be found here.
Key figures for the programme to summer 2020 show that over 1250 schools and colleges have requested support (many of them requesting bespoke support) and over 700 are matched with a Demonstrator School/College. There have been almost 80 webinars held since the programme started and there are close to 150 guidance notes and recorded content accessible via the website. 
IncludEd and Wellbeing Connected
There are many respected educators recently who have taken to social media to share their belief that our focus for those returning to school should be on wellbeing above everything else.
Yes, there may be some catching up to do academically but nothing will be more important than letting everyone acclimatise and make sure our schools are a predictable, safe and supportive haven in a world of uncertainty. 

Wellbeing Connect was created pre-COVID as part of LGfL's commitment to promoting wellbeing. The message, information and advice of a whole-school approach to supporting pupils, staff and the community has never been more relevant and we hope you find it informative and helpful for your setting.  The lessons within can be applied to a wide range of settings and it is open access so please share widely with your colleagues and school leaders whether they work in a mainstream setting or special needs school. 
Updated AUPs and Online Safety Policy
LGfL DigiSafe provides customisable template acceptable use policies and an online safety policy for schools to use; these have all been updated for September 2020 – with notes at the start to tell you what has changed. Download them from safepolicies.lgfl.net
KCSIE Part 1 Translations
Keeping Children Safe in Education Part 1 must be read by all staff - but is it understood by all staff? Where schools have EAL colleagues, e.g. as part of the kitchen or cleaning teams, sometimes they struggle with official documentation and that is why we commissioned translations into 11 community languages to make sure that safeguarding processes are truly understoon by all staff. Find these at kcsietranslate.lgfl.net
New Online Safety Quiz - RSHE
Many of you used our DigiSafe Daily worksheets during lockdown. We have taken the best of those questions to create a new online-safety quiz to use in class as a start-of-term introduction to the key themes you will want to address. There are two parts to the quiz and all come with feedback at the end to make sure staff and pupils understand each answer. Have a look at digisafedigest.lgfl.net
 Safeguarding When Remote Learning
The new school year will bring new bubble and school lockdowns and individuals will be in isolation or quarantine at various points, so remote learning is here to stay. Make sure you do it safely with our advice on safeguarding when using tech to teach at coronavirus.lgfl.net/safeguarding.
 NQT and ITT Training Audit Tool
We are proud to sit on the Education Group of UKCIS, the UK Council for Internet Safety, and the latest release in time for the new school year is this new online-safety audit tool specifically for use by NQTs, ITTs and their mentors. It provides a useful framework for training and is a handy way to gather evidence for portfolios too. Check out the training document and mentor guidance notes here.
 Adobe and LGfL

The power of creativity in your classroom

Following huge success last year, your classes (including you!) have access to Adobe Spark and the entire collection of Adobe Creative Cloud applications. Through the partnership between Adobe and LGfL, all LGfL schools are offered free Adobe licenses, deployment support and training. If you have not claimed your licenses yet, please visit https://www.lgfl.net/services/adobe-creative-cloud and start today!
One super easy way to start is with Adobe Spark by leveraging the ready-made templates; just select the template you like and edit in Spark and you have your professional looking flashcards, study helpers and class schedules ready in minutes!
other template collections that might be very useful are School Poster templates, Back to School Flyers, School Project Templates, After School Templates – or just browse through all the templates!
Lastly, logging in to Spark should be super easy both for the teachers and students with their existing school Office 365 or Google credentials. If you would like advice or help how to manage users effectively and give all of them access, please contact
adobe@lgfl.net.
BusyThings Update

New features - track pupils work and send feedback! 

Access to quality online resources has been invaluable during the coronavirus lockdown. Busy Things has hundreds of maths, literacy and phonics activities to help your pupils catch up after many months of remote learning.
Their latest features have been designed with remote learning and the possibility of a second lockdown in mind. You don’t have to use these new features, but if you do - it will enable you to see how your pupils are progressing both at home and at school. Teachers and pupils have their own 'My Busy Things' area with everything they need all in one place.
You can get started now but we will be publishing a dedicated blog with more details. So watch out for the BusyThings Curriculum Blog).
Just2easy Feedback

Incredible Lockdown Learning with Just2easy   

From the entire Just2easy team to all LGFL teachers and pupils - welcome back!

Throughout lockdown, the Just2easy team have been busy ensuring all your online teaching and learning needs are met by introducing features like j2homework for homework setting, j2pdf for setting editable pdf worksheets for pupils,  j2message for anytime safe pupil-teacher communication and also j2stars for rewards and wellbeing. 

In our monthly article here, we usually highlight some updates or new features coming soon (and we’ll be back with more of the same soon) but this month we are simply acknowledging the awesome teaching and learning that took place during lockdown all around London and beyond (ie in the LGfL community) through Just2easy.  Incredibly, during lockdown alone, there were over 25 THOUSAND brilliant j2webby blog posts of student creativity, teacher communication, comment and feedback from LGFL schools alone.

We can’t possibly mention everyone but here are some particular highlights :

Mulberry Primary School in Haringey where teachers had:

**recorded stories for children to read and listen,

**recorded messages from SPURS football players for teachers and pupils

**provided art classes in j2e

**developed wellbeing through poetry and smiles

As pictured above:

1. St. Paul’s CofE Primary School, Kingston Hill - Science home learning.
2. St. Vincent’s Catholic Primary School, Ealing - Imaginative art activities.

3. Gearies Primary School in Ilford - Literacy activities (where they even got feedback from Australia).
4. Grange Primary School, Ealing - Sending thanks and praise to their teachers.


If your school has been using Just2easy during lockdown and you want to share your story with us (by letting us know what you have been up to, and how we’ve been able to facilitate home learning in that time), we would truly love to hear from you. Get in touch with us at: office@j2e.com or send us a message on twitter @just2easy_com or facebook @facebook.com/just2easy

Upcoming Training
We have new online training for the new academic year. Click the images below to see the information for the highlighted courses and to book them. You can also check out the whole training portal for training on a wide range of topics.
Training events are included in your school's Let's Get Digital subscription and are therefore *free* for LGfL schools staff to attend.
In addition, there is now an online form to book online, remote support CPD sessions for individual or a cluster of schools. 

For information about dates and resources with Inclusion in mind, visit inclusioncalendar.lgfl.net.

Regards,
Your Learning Resource Consultants
Laura Smith and Bradley Dardis

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