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

Firstly, we would like to congratulate you for making it to the final month of what has been a testing academic year for many! The Coronavirus pandemic has made many of your working lives that bit tougher; we applaud you for all you do for your school and the wider community. Thank you just doesn't seem to go far enough. So please do follow this link to Teachers Are Gold.

Remember LGfL is working hard to provide support for schools and you can find generic guidance and resources to support the whole school community through the current Covid‑19 period at 
coronavirus.lgfl.net; also inlcuded is the latest advice and updates around safeguarding. 
Read on for:
Bridge the Divide

LGfL has recently struck a deal for the lowest ever priced Chromebooks, WinBooks and iPads, saving schools millions of pounds and increasing access to devices and technology for children, particularly those that are disadvantaged. This will be of growing importance with remote learning and a change in pedagogy emerging in educationClick for info and orders.

To complement this project, we will soon offer the lowest prices for 4G data and web filtering for students at home too. (Prices available soon). More information / to express an interest.

Bridge the Divide Case Study – St Fidelis
 
St Fidelis is a successful primary school that challenges all children to strive for excellence. The senior leadership of the school have committed to providing the best possible tools to support high quality teaching and learning to maximise chances for all reach their potential. In the last two years, the school has committed to the implementation of Google Gsuite with a device to pupil ratio starting at one device per three pupils two years ago, to currently one between two. With the LGfL Bridge the Divide programme, the school will now be able to achieve a one to one ratio in Key Stage in September 2020.

Please watch the case studies here to learn more.
Pledge2020

The Pledge2020 Programme has, thanks to our schools, continued to be highly successful. The Programme has not only delivered an average of a 200% upgrade in bandwidth to LGFL schools, but we have upgraded the infrastructure supporting the schools' broadband, updated security settings and configurations and refreshed the on-site hardware. 

As at the date of this update we are at the half way mark and we thank you for your cooperation. The summer holidays and beyond will need even more application and flexibility.  As we run down the final months of the programme, we have less flexibility with dates and we have less ability to schedule out of school hours appointments.  Schools have told us just how important the additional bandwidth has proven during COVID and as the uptake in Cloud based technology increases at pace – additional bandwidth will increase in importance.  Despite the impact of the pandemic we have delivered over 1300 physical upgrades and 600 bandwidth-only upgrades.  The Summer Holidays are pretty much fully booked and we are already scheduling appointments for after the Summer Holidays. 

When asked if there was anything schools could do to help complete the programme, Richard Hannah the Pledge2020 Programme Lead told us, “Involve your local third party support organisation or IT department, if you have not already done so, and just check that your old computer cabinets are big enough to receive your new devices.  If they are less than 600mm deep you will need to procure a replacement from your local supplier ahead of the appointment”. 

The Programme is aiming to complete in December or January next. 
Make sure you visit the Pledge 2020 page and hit "Count Me In" to register for your school's broadband boost. 
Click here for more information about Pledge2020
Maths Squad
LGfL is developing a new and unique maths support service for Secondary Schools from September 2020 called ‘Maths Squad’.
 
LGfL’s Maths Squad is a team of maths experts who have been assembled to offer schools valuable maths support in the Post COVID maths world and beyond. The range of expertise include teachers, eLearning professionals and assessment experts, including teachers who have worked on high stakes examinations such as GCSE and A-Level.
 
The service will offer specifically designed secure GCSE Maths examinations prepared by high stakes exam experts, including Graham Cummings of Edexcel. Schools can choose to have their results analysed by Graham Cummings himself or they can upload them to our specially built data analytics package. Based on these results Headteachers and Heads of Department will receive a report detailing key findings from the secure mock.
 
The service will also offer access to online and face to face training and in-school visits where appropriate. In addition, access to innovative new resources will continue to be created on a regular basis as part of the
Maths in the Real World resource already available from LGfL. These resources will particularly helpful to schools from a curriculum perspective as many of the resources have a focus on Assessment Objective 3, problem solving and real-world applications.
 
The service been created in anticipation that schools will be facing challenges in a post COVID 19 context, especially relating to the benchmarking of the current Year 10 cohort. Many schools will be looking for guidance on how to best prepare the current Year 10 for next year’s exams. The LGfL Maths Squad initiative is designed to support schools every step of the way.
 
Maths Squad is available at no additional charge to all LGfL subscribing schools.
 
Although still in development, it is hoped to offer the following as part of this unique new service: 
  • Secure Mock Exams for LGfL schools in every term
  • Detailed analysis of secure mocks
  • Individual school recommendations from experts based on the detailed analysis of the mocks. 
  • School visit/online meetings to discuss maths data with Headteachers and key stakeholders.
  • Live taught lessons 
  • Live staff CPD
To register your interest please email contentsupport@lgfl.net
Bob Usher - LGfL Content Manager
Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE)

KCSIE 2020 has arrived! The new version of the DfE’s statutory safeguarding guidance will become statutory in September.

To help DSLs prepare, we've created a quick post along with a tracked changes document comparing 2019 and 2020, with substantive changes highlighted in yellow. That means you can quickly scroll through page by page to see at a glance the changes which are most likely to affect you.


Read the blogpost summarising key highlights and download the document from there also.
Soon To Be Announced Via Twitter

The winners of the LGfL Digital Excellence Awards 2020 have all now received their trophies. They are as excited as we are for this announcement to be made to the LGfL community.  They have all prepared a short video about what winning means to them. 

We will be announcing the winners (and some highly commended schools) on Twitter by sharing their videos. The five category winners will be announced over the course of a week and will culminate in a page on
ngfl.net and a blog post. Watch out next week for the annoucements. Follow us on Twitter @LGfL.
BusyThings Update
Did your school join in with this year's #MathsWeekLondon? As a follow up, BusyThings have developed a new shape activity for younger children based on London Landmarks. Pupils have to drag the shapes in to place to complete the landmarks. Great for developing spacial awareness and shape recognition.

We have had many more schools release their data to allow home access to BusyThings since the June newsletter. Therefore, everyone who has released data was entered into a prize draw for some BusyThings goodies! 

The June winners were:  

Christ Church C of E School, Tower Hamlets - E1 6PU

Forest Academy - CR0 8HQ

We now need 19 more to get to the next 50! 
Have you got USO access for BusyThings? If not, please contact 
sue@busythings.co.uk.

If you would like to find out more about getting the most from BusyThings, join one of the BusyThings Team on a Tuesday or Wednesday between 9:30 and 10:30 for their Q&A Zoom calls. Book your place by visiting training.lgfl.net.
Just2easy
Just2easy wanted to highlight some of the excellent LGFL schools' activities, ideas and events that they have been able to support during the last few weeks of lockdown.

Mulberry Primary School in Haringey are an absolute standout school! Before lockdown they had rarely used the Just2easy tools, but have found Just2easy essential during this time. Above is a recent picture posted by Mulberry Primary School highlighting just some of their immediate accomplishments. Hats off to all staff and pupils at Mulberry Primary!  Follow them on Twitter to see what they continue to produce on Just2easy: @MulberryPS
Adobe Creative Cloud Licences
 
Summer term is almost over but creativity never stops! With the Adobe Spark and Adobe Creative Cloud licences available for free for LGfL schools, you can continue creating anytime, anywhere. The Named User Licences also allow you to install the entire collection of Adobe Creative Cloud applications to your own device. If your school has not claimed their free licences yet – you can do it at: https://www.lgfl.net/services/adobe-creative-cloud. And why not give your students a summer challenge to complete with Adobe Spark?
 
Summer is also an amazing time to learn new skills! Free on-demand online training is available through Adobe Education Exchange 
or why don’t you watch few of the Adobe Live sessions, they will surely surprise you!
 
Lastly, do not forget the amazing mobile apps like the newly launched Photoshop Camera! Photoshop Camera – an AI-powered mobile camera app that brings Photoshop magic directly to your smartphone.  
Online Training
LGfL have continued to provide training as part of schools' Let's Get Digital Subscription but all online!

The majority of the training is being held on Google Meet (you join by clicking the link sent through when you register). You do not need a Google account to access the training (but please note without one you will not have access to the chat function). 

Please visit the 
training portal to book on to these or click on the images below for those particular sessions.

N.B Training events are included in your school's Let's Get Digital subscription and are therefore *free* for LGfL schools staff to attend.
 
Getting Started with Maps and Data in ArcGIS and Getting Started with 3D Maps in ArcGIS - Microsoft Courses
Digital maps are more than just a view on the world. They allow everyone to ask and answer questions about the planet, its people and to understand the critical role geography plays in every aspect of their daily life. The technology that underpins this is called Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and this course is a great starting point for anyone that is curious about our World. Sign up here and here.
Curriculum Blog
Our curriculum blog showcases resources from LGfL to help support you in delivering the curriculum and we are also currently writing blogs aimed at parents and carers during the school closures. 

Please let us know what future blog posts you would like to read or indeed 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! So that you never miss a post you can 
subscribe.
The EdTech Demonstrator Programme
The Ed Tech Demonstrator Programme  is helping schools and colleges with support for remote learning, powered by a national network of Demonstrator Schools and Colleges and supported by a consortium of Delivery Partners (LGfL being one of these). If you want to register your interest to get peer-to-peer support please complete the form

Also visit the site for
upcoming live events even if you are not part of the programme you can attend. The webinars are to support schools and colleges on a range of topics, such as 'Setting Up Work For Your Users On Google Classroom', 'Blended & Remote Learning Strategy', 'Breaking the Monotony - Creating Enganging Content' and many more.

Some Think Tank Events (Live Q & A sessions) have been scheduled before the end of the summer term entitled 'Preparing For A Successful Summer Return'. Held on Wednesday 8th July 15:30-16:45 and again on Friday 17th July 10-11:15am. Click on the dates to book via Eventbrite.

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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