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Latest updates and news from your Learning Resource consultants, every month.
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Happy New Year - hope you all had a restful break and are looking forward to the term ahead.

Bett 2019
We are looking forward to Bett later this month. The team will be there on stand D260 so please come along and say hi and find out more about how we can support you in school. You can sign up to visit Bett here. We are also looking forward to the Bett awards where we have been shortlisted in three categories, for Primary content, Secondary content and for Free digital content or open access resources.  You can find out more on our blog. 
Please join us for our Networking Drinks Reception on Thursday 24th January from 4 pm - 6 pm on the stand for a beer of one of the best cups of coffee at BETT 2019 you can sign up here.
LGfL are thrilled to be sponsoring the Friday TeachMeet at Bett.  Taking place at Tapa Tappa next to the Excel on Friday 25th January from 7pm, this informal gathering is a great chance to get talking and share idea with others in the education community. 

BusyThings Update
We are pleased to announce that an updated version of Busy Things packed with NEW features was launched today! You can read a summary document of all the new features and content here. In order to help you with the updates and managing the set ups we have produced a guide to help. 
Should you require support with this update please get in touch via lgfl@busythings.co.uk. alternatively you can call the Busy Things office phone number on 01332 364963 (8:30-16:30)

Conferences
Bookings are now open for our annual Safeguarding conference and our inaugural Mental Health and Wellbeing Conference.
Mental health and Wellbeing Conference 5th February 2019 book tickets here, a must for all professionals involved in supporting Mental Health and Wellbeing in schools.
LGfL DigiSafe conference 11th March 2019 book tickets here. The theme for the conference next year is Safeguarding online and beyond, a must for Designated Safeguarding Leads and Online Safety Leads.
LGfL Annual Conference - 25th April 2019 Save the date - booking details will be released soon.

Digital Excellence Awards 
Our Digital Excellence Awards for 2018-2019 are now open! The aim of the awards is to celebrate best practice and innovative approaches in using LGfL resources and services.  Schools can enter into any of the following categories:

  • Whole school use
  • Inclusive practice using LGfL resources and services
  • Parental Engagement
  • Online Safety
  • Cloud Transformation
  • Use of j2eTools

The closing date for the awards is 1st March 2019, if you have any questions then please email awards@lgfl.net.
You can find out more about last years winners here.

LGfL Cloud Transformation Support platform
We now have a dedicated page to support schools with their cloud transformation with support and solutions, our cloud platform experts offer comprehensive support to ensure that the power of cloud platforms can be maximised for the benefit of teachers, students and support staff in schools. Selecting a cloud platform that compliments your school, staff and student's is vital to its success.  For a consultation with one of our Cloud Platform experts contact our team today at cloudchampions@lgfl.net.
We also have our Let's get Digital Blog series which is designed to support schools in their journey to using cloud based tools and applications to energise the curriculum and boost productivity.  Additionally it's the place where you can keep up to date on all the latest features of G-Suite and Office 365, including case studies.

Be famous! Help to create an animated series for Sky TV
The magical story of Night Zookeeper is coming to life in a new animated series this spring, and we need your students to help create it! You can do this in two ways:
1. Register on show.nightzookeeper.com and challenge your students to complete the online activities. It's completely free!
2. Book a free exciting assembly from the Night Zookeeper team to launch the project across your whole school. Email hello@nightzookeeper.com with a preferred date.
Get your students involved in this amazing creative project that will excite and inspire your most reluctant writers!

Training from LGfL

We have updated our training portal ready for the Spring term. 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. Examples of future courses include: Supporting Maths and English teaching using LGfL resources, Online Safety training, Creative Computing, Using LGfL to support Teaching Assistants as well as  Google and Microsoft training.
You can also book one of the Learning Resource Consultants to come in to your school and deliver INSET sessions, 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.

Curriculum Blog
Our curriculum blog is updated weekly and now has over 120 posts showcasing resources from LGfL to help support you in delivering the curriculum.  Please let us know what future blog posts you would like or if you would like to write a guest blog post about the work you are doing in schools using LGfL resources. You can also subscribe to the blog so that you never miss a post. 
 

Dates for the Diary
Emirates Celebration 17th January 2019, Emirate stadium, showcasing school projects.
BETT 23-26th January 2019.  Come and meet the LGfL team at BETT on stand D260 and find out more how we can support you in schools.
Discovery Community Celebration - Thursday 24th January 15:00 -18:00 Novotel, London Excel. 
LGfL Mental Health and Wellbeing conference 5th February 2019 at Camden CLC. This will be our first event focussing solely on Mental health and Wellbeing.  Details of how to book will be made available soon.
LGfL DigiSafe conference 11th March 2019 Save the date the second safeguarding conference. The theme for the conference next year is Safeguarding online and beyond, a must for Designated Safeguarding Leads and Online Safety Leads.
LGfL Annual Conference - Save the Date 25th April 2019 Booking for the conference will be opening soon

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Regards,

The LRC team

Bradley Dardis, Dawn Hallybone, Jose Kingsley and Laura Smith
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