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Fortnightly Briefing 15 September 2016

Online Collaboration Projects - Registration for Autumn Term 2016 Closes soon

Purpose:  Reminder for information
Audience:  EYFS, KS1 and KS2 teaching staff

Have you registered to take part in one of the Collaborative Projects being run this term by the ELearning team? 
If not, there is still time – registration closes 23 September 2016.

Story Circles 
3 October to 11 November 2016. 
Join with other classes beyond your school boundary to compose a story in four parts by passing it around the circle.
This project is designed for younger pupils focussing on fairy stories and traditional tales.
Battle of the Poets 
October to November 2016 - Running through the Autumn term this project is designed for Yr5/Yr6 pupils offering opportunities for crafting and performing of their own poems on the theme of ‘Messages’, in line with this year’s Poetry Day on 6 October 2016.
The cost to participate is just £30 per class for Starz+ subscribing schools and £40 per class for non-subscribing and out of county schools.
For further information, or to register your class, please visit the Collaboration Projects page on our website.
If you have any questions please call us on
0300 300 0000 or email

Deadline for Reception Initial Data Return - Friday 7 October 2016 

Purpose:  Reminder
Audience:  Early Years Foundation Stage Leaders 

As with previous years the Early Years Team are collecting RID return this term, and it should be submitted using Perspective Lite on or before Friday 7 October 2016. 
A letter was sent direct to Headteachers and Early Years Foundation Stage Leaders dated 29 June 2016. It explained the need for producing the return. 
You should expect to receive a further letter early this term that will include instructions on how to use the required Perspective Lite spreadsheet and how the file should be renamed in order to submit your data successfully.
The ICT Service will be running courses this term to support this process for those schools using EYFS in SIMS.
Attendees to date have found these workshops extremely useful.  Not only are there lots of updates for analysing your Reception Data, but updates for those schools with Nurseries have also been included within the workshop guidance.
You can book online to attend the EYFS in SIMS – Preparing for the Baseline at The ICT Service Training Centre in St Ives on:
  • Friday 23 September 2016, 9.30am – 12.00pm
  • Tuesday 4 October 2016, 9.30am – 12.00pm
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Starz+ Housekeeping Time!

Purpose:  Housekeeping tips
Audience:  Starz+ Subscribing Schools

A gentle reminder that now is the time to do a little housekeeping within Starz+.
Suggestions to consider are:
  • Updating class home page to keep it timely and relevant
  • Removing old class Discussions
  • Main Users are set – ensuring correct teacher greets pupils on login
  • All staff have access to appropriate classes
  • Group memberships are updated, groups pulling through from SIMS are hidden if not used
  • New logins are obtained/regenerated as appropriate
If you're not sure how to achieve this, check out the revamped Starz+ Knowledgebase (link available under Quick Links on your Starz+ Dashboard). 
Alternatively contact the Starz+ Support Team by calling 0300 300 0000 or by email to  You could also consider attending one of the courses designed to support new users and teachers who need a refresh:
Starz for Administrators Start of Year Essentials at The ICT Service Training Centre in St Ives on:
  • Monday 19 September 2016, 10.00am - 12.30pm 
  • Wednesday 9 November 2016, 10.00am - 12.30pm
Starz for Teachers Start of Year Refresher  at The ICT Service Training Centre in St Ives on:
  • Monday 19 September 2016, 1.30 - 4.00pm
  • Wednesday 9 November 2016, 1.30 - 4.00pm 

National Coding Week begins Monday 19 September 2016

Purpose:  Information about National Coding Week
Audience:  Computing and Teaching Staff

Information from the website
Children are part of a confident “Digital Generation” having grown up with the internet, smart phones and coding classes. However, many adults have missed out on the digital revolution and feel left behind.
“The aim of National Coding Week is to give adults the opportunity to learn some digital skills.”
Taster sessions have been created for parents, teachers, business leaders, school leavers, the unemployed, people with autism or those who have retired. It’s open to everyone!
The expectation is not for people to become coders after one session! For many people it takes years of practice and experience but these taster sessions can be the first step on a journey into a digital business or digital career.
Children can inspire adults
Children are learning digital skills in school or through coding clubs such as CoderDojos. These clubs could open their doors to parents for a one-off session in which the children would teach the adults some of the skills they have learnt.
Schools can get involved
Children are learning coding but many parents don’t understand what their children are doing and many non-specialist teachers and governors feel they have missed out on these skills.

Get a Quote and Order Online at 

Purpose:  Information about how to get a quote or order ICT equipment online from The ICT Service
Audience:  All Schools

The NEW Sales area of our website is designed to provide you with all the product information, current pricing and comparison functionality you need to make an informed ICT equipment procurement choice for your school.   
Build your quote
Add equipment, choose your installation requirements and associated products through the 'Add to Basket' function, then print your quote immediately - no need to wait for us to get back to you with prices or availability.
Order Online
Set up your account details on the website and we will invoice your school as usual.

Download the Autumn 2016 Course Programme Pin Ups for your Classroom Staff

Purpose:  Tools to help you plan the right CPD opportunities for your Classroom Staff.
Audience:  Headteachers and Classroom Staff in Primary Schools

The ICT Service ELearning Team are here to help you to plan your CPD opportunities for the coming Autumn Term 2016 and beyond.
You can now download the following Course Programmes:
  • Autumn 2016 ‘Open and Pin Me Up’ Planner
  • Annual Planner covering Autumn 2016 – Spring 2017
  • Computing Subject Leaders Course
  • iPad Courses
  • Computing Courses
  • E-Safety Bundles
  • Computing Bundles
All of the courses you find in our literature can also be requested as a consultancy and can be delivered in school at a convenient time for you.
Please contact us to discuss your requirements with our ELearning Team.  Call 0300 300 0000 or email

Central Hosting Downtime: Saturday 8 October 2016

Purpose: Reminder of scheduled downtime information Saturday 8 October 2016
Audience: School staff using Centrally Hosted Systems

On Saturday 8 October 2016 The ICT Service will be carrying out scheduled maintenance on Centrally Hosted Systems.
The following systems will therefore be unavailable between 7.00am and approximately 11.00pm on Saturday 8 October 2016:
  • Centrally Hosted Email (Email sent to accounts during this time will still be delivered)
  • Remote Access
  • School based systems via Remote Access
  • Video Conferencing
The full calendar of scheduled downtime dates can always be found on our website

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