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

We had a very successful Bett Show at the end of January and were pleased so many of the LGfL Community stopped by our stand to say hello and feedback their thoughts on current LGfL resources and services.

Read on to find out more from your National Grid for Learning.

Included in this month's newsletter:
Have Your Say

The Inspire Team offer varied support to schools so they can get the most from their 'Let's Get Digital Subscription'.
All our LGfL schools can access upcoming training opportunites held in Liverpool Street and Camden CLC. Please also remember to sign up for our Annual Conference and subscribe to the regular Curriculum Blogs.

We are currently promoting our "Big 5" resources when delivering training to a primary audience (these are listed below). We would like to know which of those resources is currently used most often in your school?
N.B You can only select one answer (once you have clicked - that's your answer, you are unable to change it afterwards):

Just2Easy Toolsuite
Switched on Science
Audio Network
LGfL's Widgit Symbol Library and Resource Bank
Inspire Team Support for Schools
Schools requesting LGfL support are being asked to complete a pre-support checklist; this will enable The Inspire Team to highlight pertinent training on offer that you may not have seen (and even a possible school visit by one of the members of the Inspire Team, if we feel this is suitable/ we have availability). Please click on:- to open and complete the checklist for your school. 
In addition, we are also encouraging schools to complete the LGfL's Digital Transformation Framework (DTF) to help schools with their adoption of cloud technology and to identify where their priorities should be:-
Bett Show 2020

LGfL - National Grid for Learning, had a very successful and busy time at Bett. John Jackson (CEO) hosted an Adobe and LGfL Roundtable event and Adam Gordon (IncludEd Brand Leader) talked about Technology to Support Students on the Autistic Spectrum to a packed out audience in the Professional Development Area as well as our stand being very busy with visitors wanting to find out more about LGfL.

In addition, the Department for Education (DfE) announced at Bett that it has selected three delivery partners for its EdTech Demonstrator Programme, which is part of the EdTech Strategy in England. We will be working with Sheffield Hallam University's Institute of Education and the Education Foundation to encourage digital innovation in schools and colleges. 

The Inspire Team were also busy demonstrating block coding with Beard Man Adventures produced by our partners at Busy Things and also showing our Mixed Reality Resources. This proved particularly popular with groups of pupils on the Saturday, when "Kids Judge Bett". See photos below:
ARC GiS Champions Pilot Project

We recently announced a new opportunity for the LGfL community - the ArcGIS Champions Pilot Project. This has proved particularly popular with geography secondary school teachers.

Please read the curriculum blog for more details on the pilot project and if you are interested in getting involved, click here.  
Busy Things
We need justmore USO data releases to hit the next 50 (to have released data since the last prize draw). Have you got USO access for Busy Things? If not, please contact

As soon as we get four more - everyone who has released data will be entered into a prize draw for some Busy Things goodies! The winners from Bett were:  @digidelver, 
@CFPSchool - Cheam Fields Primary School (part of the LEO Trust), @rebekahschrod3r, and @ebd35 - Mary Farmer.

Busy Things also have some recent updates. Already live on their site are Safer Internet Poster design templates (great for Internet Safety Day on 11th February but all year around too) and they will soon to be releasing new flag labelling worksheets and "paint like a famous artist" activities. 
Deadline Soon!
You now have less than one month to get your entries in for the LGfL Digital Excellence Awards 2020! What are you waiting for? This year we have added in a cash prize of £1000 for each winning entry (five categories in all) and the closing date for entries is 28th February 2020. 
For much more information about the awards check out our blog post &
National Theatre Collection - Now Available, Free
From today the National Theatre Collection will be available free of charge to state schools and state-funded further education colleges across the UK in partnership with Bloomsbury Publishing. The collection provides high-quality recordings of 24 world-class productions, drawing from 10 years of NT Live broadcasts and never before released productions from the National Theatre’s Archive. Schools and further education colleges can register now via Bloomsbury Publishing’s award-winning digital library Drama Online.

Celebrating the best of contemporary British theatre, the titles will support learning across the primary and secondary curriculum and include: 
  • Shakespeare set texts including Macbeth, Othello, Twelfth Night and King Lear (Donmar Warehouse) in vibrant modern stagings
  • Novels brought to life in exciting literary adaptations such as Frankenstein, Treasure Island, Peter Pan and Jane Eyre
  • A range of theatrical styles and genres from Greek tragedies including Medea and Antigone to 20th century classics such as The Cherry Orchard, The Deep Blue Sea and Yerma (Young Vic)
  • Examples of extraordinary design and theatrecraft in productions ranging from One Man, Two Guvnors to Les Blancs
  • Adaptations of Romeo and Juliet and The Winter’s Tale created specially for younger audiences and suitable for primary schools
Recordings are accompanied by learning resources to explore the craft behind the best of British theatre including rehearsal insights and short videos. The Collection will increase to 30 titles by March 2020 and further resources exploring backstage aspects such as lighting, sound and staging will be added later in the year. The easy-to-use platform includes helpful features such as scene-by-scene selections and synopses, theme and key word searches.

Teachers can sign up now to National Theatre Collection on Bloomsbury’s Drama Online Platform via
Bookings are open for both our annual Safeguarding Conference (Friday 6th March) and the Let’s Get Digital Conference (Thursday 23rd April)

Our annual safeguarding conference for designated school safeguarding leads – SafeConf – takes place on 6 March. Why not send your whole DSL team and get the RSHE lead to come too as they prepare for the launch of this new subject in September? The full-day CPD event will feature news on new safeguarding issues such as money mules, as well as new insights into sexual abuse and recovery that will help schools keep children safe.
Upcoming Training and Events
Training events are included in your school's Let's Get Digital subscription and are therefore *free* for LGfL schools staff to attend. We still have lots of training running for the spring term; you can check out the whole training portal for training on a wide range of topics but we have highlighted some below (click on the images to be taken to course details. Contact us via

There are many other opportunities to attend safeguarding training throughout the year for no cost to LGfL schools. Have you sent someone to our County Lines session? Or the ‘Online Safety in RSHE’ training? What about Prevent training? There’s also CEOP Thinkuknow training, webinars and of course our most popular – the official DSL training day for new and existing safeguarding leads. Find all these and more at
Adobe Creative Cloud Licenses
We hope you are enjoying the free Adobe Spark for Education and Adobe Creative Cloud licenses available to all LGfL schools! Design lovely Valentine’s Day cards using Spark– start your design from scratch or choose from beautiful Valentine’s card templates available here:
Over 1000 schools have claimed their licenses this year, but if have not already done so, you still can at:!
Pledge 2020

300 schools have been upgraded to new Pledge 2020 bandwidths. The average increase is over 150%. 

500 schools have had an average 33% upgrade to take them to the limit of current equipment ahead of Pledge 2020.

To make sure your schools are scheduled for an upgrade please log in and hit the CountMeIn button on our website.

Find how much you are saving with LGfL at:

Pledge 2020 information is located at:

What schools are saying about LGfL:

Curriculum Blog
Our curriculum blog is updated weekly and now has close to 200 posts showcasing resources from LGfL to help support you in delivering the curriculum. You may have noticed that we have included posts about Inclusion and Wellbeing rather than have a separate IncludEd Blog.

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 
Dates for Your Diary

19th February - Tech Squad Training Event

26th February - Building an IT strategy for schools and MATs

28th February - Closing date for LGfL Digital Excellence Awards Submissions

29th February (Saturday) CAS London Conference (Tickets have sold out). 

W/B 22nd June 2020 -  London Maths Week

For information about dates and resources with Inclusion in mind, visit

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