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Hello <<First Name>>,
We hope you having a great autumn 2 term so far; read on to find out the latest news at LGfL before the glitter and endless Christmas productions and other events consume all your thoughts.

BETT Awards 2020

We are pleased to share the news that LGfL have been shortlisted for three BETT Awards; as follows:
1. Company of the Year (more than £3m turnover) #poweredbypledge2020
2. Secondary Content - for Maths in the Real World resource (visit http://MITRWinfo.lgfl.net)
3. Free Digital Content or Open Education Resources for the Supoorting a Beareaved Pupil open access resource (visit http://sabpinfo.lgfl.net)
For the full listing of the 2020 finalists visit: 
http://bettawards.com/shortlist2020/

Busy Things - USO Data Release Declaration

It is great that so many of our schools are now accessing Busy Things through their LGfL USO. Any school that has registered their USO will be taking part in a prize draw and every time 50 new schools complete the Data Declaration Release Busy Things will draw a school at random to receive one of their GOODY BAGS. Please click here for guidance for how to set up your LGfL USO for use with Busy Things or contact as below..

Rocket Fund 

Rocket Fund is a crowdfunding platform for schools & PTAs in the UK. It is totally free to use as they currently cover our costs via grant funding from Nesta and other partners.
They have helped 470 schools fundraise over £375.000 from businesses & their wider community so far.
Rocket Fund modernises school fundraising, empowering schools to raise money from businesses and their community more efficiently. They provide support through the whole process, from pitch creation, to fundraising, to sourcing the best suppliers for schools to buy from when they hit their target.
 

How Rocket Fund Works
Adobe - Starting Your Creative Journey
This year, your classes (including you!) can have access to Adobe Spark and the entire collection of Adobe Creative Cloud applications through the partnership between Adobe and LGfL.
All LGfL schools have been offered free Adobe licenses; if your school has not claimed their licenses yet, this is where to do it: https://www.lgfl.net/services/adobe-creative-cloud.
In addition, we have also recently announced a deal with Adobe to provide shared device licences. We will be selling these to schools at around £19.50 - get in touch to find out more :- adobe@lgfl.net
Once you have the access, please visit the customised Adobe Education Exchange for LGfL schools at https://edex.adobe.com/lgfl. Education Exchange offers free online training and classroom-ready projects. The latest amazing resources added include the Re-imagine Shakespeare activities that have been developed to give teachers a new way to bring Shakespeare’s classics into the classroom and help engage Generation Z using graphics, video, illustration, and photography.
Pledge 2020
To ensure that your school is fit for the future and you are able use cloud-based resources as well as the Mixed Relity resources on LGfL you will need to ensure your school has sufficient broadband speed. LGFL will be upgrading schools' broadband speeds at no additional cost (and with no requirement to extend your contract) as part of #Pledge 2020.
On average, LGfL schools, are receiving a 200% boost in fibre with the minimum speed for primary schools now 100 MBPS and the vast majority of secondary schools being upgraded to between 500 MBPS and 1GBPS! LGfL wants you to get the best from your package of services and we havea team ready to help you with any of your enquiries. Customer Service Contact - enquiries@lgfl.net
 
***New Open-access Resource *** 
We are pleased to announce the launch of our new open access resource, Wellbeing Connected – Promoting Mental Health and Wellbeing support in primary schools. This resource has been designed to bring the key information in both video and text format with a quick and accessible interface for schools..The resource is grouped into the following areas: The portal is designed to be used by staff within schools to plan their whole school approach to Mental Health and Wellbeing and to show how the school community can be supported. 
Maz Evans on ReadingZone Live
ReadingZone Live is a partnership with ourselves and Reading Zone bringing regular interviews with some of the best contemporary children’s authors and illustrators to LGfL schools. 
Maz Evans is the latest author to be added to the collection. Her writing careers began in journalism as a TV critic and feature writer. She has written for many national titles and is a regular pundit on the Jeremy Vine Show. 

DigiSafe Updates

Here’s a Christmas gift from us to you! Do you ever organise an online safety session for parents but not many turn up? Why not let us take care of it? To make it even easier, they can join from the comfort of their own homes. In the run-up to Christmas, before pupils get given new devices, why not suggest to parents that they dip into our evening (16th December, 7.30pm) Facebook Live to give them a reminder of how to keep their children safe online in the holidays. From parental settings to top tips for a positive approach and things to watch out for and more. Plus a special guest from Roblox (at least half your pupils play it) to give us advice on staying safe on that platform.

Space Adventures Live with CAS, BCS and LGfL for National EU Code Week.

Watch our video of our live coding event in celebration of EU Code Week where Bradley Dardis (Learning Resource Consultamt at LGfL) and Wendy MacLeod (from BCS) delivered a live coding event across a number of schools. LGfL's Space Adventures was used as the core activity and the efficiency and effectiveness of integrating G Suite and Scratch Classroom was explored as well as developing the pedagogy of how best to teach computing.

Strategy Day - 10th December 2019
This event is free to school and Multi-Academy Trust Senior Leaders, (either current LGfL subscribers or those interested in joining).
During the day we will explain all the elements required for formulating and delivering a digital strategy in a standalone school or Multi-Academy Trust.
 
Schedule for the day:
  • Building the digital vision and defining objectives
  • Assessing the current state of technology
  • Identifying key components
  • Determining Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)
  • Managing change and risk
  • Choosing the right partners
  • Benchmarking
  • Support contracting models
  • detailed case studies
  • Measuring the benefits
If MATs or schools are supported by an LGfL Digital Transformation Partner and would like them to accompany them on this event then this will be possible upon request. Please use a school or business email address when registering. The day will run from 10:00 – 15:30 at our Liverpool Street office – Click on the link to book:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/building-an-it-strategy-for-schools-and-mats-tickets-59763332737

Training from LGfL
Our training portal is gradually being added to for the spring term. There are a range of both full day and half day courses covering a wide range of topics including:

  • Computing
  • Adobe
  • Mental Health
  • Designated Safeguarding Training
  • Core Subjects
  • Using LGfL Across the Curriculum
  • SEND
Training is FREE for all LGfL teachers and is held on a Tuesday at Camden CLC, or at one of our partner venues, you can find out more about the courses on offer and how to sign up here
In addition, you can book one of the Learning Resource Consultants (LRCs) to come in to your school and deliver INSET sessions, and/or map your curriculum to LGfL resources; a perfect way to prepare for the term ahead and ensure you are making the most of the LGfL resources available to you. Contact us via training@lgfl.net.
Tech Squad Training from LGfL
This free Tech Squad Training event for onsite techs will be held on 22nd November at our Liverpool Street office. (It is open either to school employed or LA techs, Academy techs or Digital Transformation Partner Techs). The subjects covered will be:Webscreen 3 training, Cisco Meraki deployment, introduction to G-Suite and Neverware plus an Adobe Creative Cloud overview. Sign up via the training portal here.
 
Digisafe Training from LGfL
Have you checked out the latest free face-to-face safeguarding training for your staff available from the LGfL DigiSafe team? We’ve got training events for DSLs, Prevent, RSHE/PSHE, CEOP Thinkuknow and County Lines. Plus tickets for SafeConf 2020 tickets are now available too – all via safetraining.lgfl.net. And in case you can’t get out of school, why not sign up for one of our twilight webinars (or watch one you missed on catch-up)? – head to digisafewebinar.lgfl.net
Curriculum Blog
Our curriculum blog is updated weekly and now has over 180 posts showcasing resources from LGfL to help support you in delivering the curriculum. You can also subscribe to the blog so that you never miss a post. So that you never miss a post you can subscribe  here.  
Please let us know what future blog posts you would like to read. If you would like to write a guest blog post about the use of LGfL resources in your school and the impact it is having, we would welcome such contributions!. 
Dates for the Diary

10th December - LGfL Stragey Day (details above)
16th December - Facebook Live event (parental advice for how to keep their children safe online)
22-25 JANUARY 2020 - Bett Show  at London ExCel 
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Regards,
Your Learning Resource Consultants
Bradley Dardis and Laura Smith
 
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