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Fortnightly Briefing 29 November 2016

Capturing Creativity Conference - Friday 10 February 2017

Purpose: Conference available to book online now
Audience: All Primary School Practitioners

Children don't just consume; with the right opportunities they are also creators.
Capturing Creativity Conference
Friday 10 February 2017
9.30am - 4.00pm
The DeafBlind UK Conference Centre,
Peterborough, PE7 8FD
The Capturing Creativity Conference, organised by the ELearning Team at The ICT Service, will explore the 'palette of possibilities' technology offers to primary school practitioners.
Join us for an exciting and inspiring day of workshops and activities.
Workshops include:
  • Presenting Performance Poetry
  • Exploring Digital Art
  • Introduction to 3D Design & Printing
  • 5,4,3,2,1 Film Making
  • Removing Barriers, freeing the mind for SEND pupils
  • Digital Literacy with Purple Mash
  • Writing with iPads
We also have an Interactive Zone, providing activities for you to explore including:
  • Green Screen Experience
  • Makey Makey Gaming
  • 3D Printing
  • Oracy in EYFS & KS1
  • Scantastic
  • iPad Investigations
  • Digital Music Making
Just £125 including Lunch!
You can also bring a colleague for just £100.
Book your places online
Please note: This event will essentially repeat the Capturing Creativity Conference content, run in March 2016 in Cambridgeshire, but with some changes. If you attended earlier this year and found it useful, why not send a colleague along this time?

Reminder - Your Opinion Matters to Shape the Future of The ICT Service

Purpose: Request for all schools that have not yet responded to complete the quick form
Audience: All schools

The ICT Service really needs your opinion to help shape the future.
We want to invite you to complete a very quick customer opinion survey. It’s just three questions and we promise this will take you no more than two minutes to fill in.
Please read the short statement you find on the first page of the customer opinion survey, answer the three questions, and provide any additional feedback you wish, then submit.
If you can forward this to as many members of staff in your school as possible that would help us a great deal.
If you have any questions just email John Chapman, The ICT Service Manager at
Thank you for your participation, we very much appreciate you sharing your opinion with us before Monday 5 December 2016.

Story Circles - Collaborative Project, Spring Term 2017

Purpose: Collaboration project - sign up now for Spring Term 2017
Audience: Foundation and KS1 class teachers

Registration is now open for the Spring Term 2017 Story Circles Project.
Join with other classes, beyond your own school, to compose a story in four parts by passing it around a circle.
Focussing on the genre of 'Fairy Stories and Traditional Tales', this project helps to develop children’s understanding of story elements – beginning, middle, end, character development and sequencing of events.

Get Involved in the Hour of Code Week, 5 - 11 December 2016

Purpose: For information
Audience: All Primary Practitioners 

The UK Hour of Code week from 5 - 11 December 2016 includes activities comprising of a one-hour introduction to computer science.
Pupils and teachers can choose from a variety of activities for Reception children and up and all activities are FREE! 
Hour of Code activities are particularly popular as no experience is needed by pupils or teachers so why not set some time aside next week to give it a go? 
The ICT Service ELearning team have provided links to Hour of Code activities via the Computing Curriculum website

Contribute to a Royal Society report on Computing Education

Purpose: Opportunity to contribute to research
Audience: All schools 

The Royal Society has launched a Computing Education Project, aimed squarely at supporting teaching of the new computing curriculum. 
Phase 1 of the project is to gather evidence about what is actually happening on the ground. That will lead to a report in the Spring of 2017, and will inform Phase 2, in which we hope the Society will take some actions in direct support of teachers.  The report will be influential.  So it is crucially important that the report is well informed by accurate evidence. Please could all teachers complete the following survey as appropriate. We need one per-school response, plus as many per-teacher responses as possible. 
The Royal Society have been very influential in the past. Please take the time to complete this survey.  Please feel free to forward the links to your networks.

eSchools Advent Calendar 2016 - Prizes for all successful entries!

Purpose: For information
Audience: All Starz+ subscribing schools

A reminder that eSchools are once again planning for an Advent calendar in the run up to Christmas, online from Thursday 1 December, with a new door opening every day until Sunday 25 December 2016.  
You are invited to send in your pupils' contributions!
BUT - the deadline is 5.00pm tomorrow, Wednesday 30 November 2016 - be quick! 
There are prizes to be won for successful entries! eSchools are offering a Google Cardboard VR Headset for the entries that appear behind the doors 1 - 24.
For the school selected for the honour of having their entry behind door 25 the prize will be a XYZ Printing da Vinci Junior 3D Printer.
Read further information and get more detail about the submission process

New 'Platinum' Unit for ACE (Accredited Competence in E-Safety)

Purpose: Advance notice for schools using the ACE scheme of work
Audience: Primary schools and Starz+ subscribing schools.

The ACE Platinum Unit has been released and will be with Starz+ subscribing schools shortly as part of the full ACE (Accredited Competence in E-Safety) scheme of work for primary school children.
The Platinum resources are for those children who have completed the Bronze, Silver and Gold Levels and should be managed as a stand-alone resource once the awareness of pupils has been determined.  This could be done in a number of ways - by listening/talking to pupils informally about their online practices and behaviour, conducting a survey of the class or presenting children with some scenarios for discussion and then listening to their discussion.
Once you have a clear picture about who might be ‘at risk’ in terms of their use of technology or online behaviour you should consider covering one of the focussed units with just those individuals/groups.
The units of work currently released cover:
  • Online learning
  • Photo and Video Sharing
  • Rights and Responsibilities
The ACE scheme of work is also available to non-subscribing Starz+ schools, please contact us for further details.  Call 0300 300 0000 or email 

Let it Snow... on your School Website!

Purpose: Get festive with your school's online presence
Audience: Schools using the eSchools website platform

eSchools have now activated the falling snow animation for all website users.  If you would like to add this to your website, then you can turn on the feature via your website settings.
If you would like to learn more about website design services available from The ICT Service, or if you require help to turn on the snow, then please contact us on 0300 300 0000 or email


Get a Quote and Order Online

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

The 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.

Christmas Closure Dates 2016

Purpose: Advance notification of Christmas close down period
Audience: All Schools

Advance notification of dates when The ICT Service will be closed during the Christmas Holidays.
Our Helpline staff will be taking calls up until close of business on Friday 23 December 2016 on 0300 300 0000, after which time The ICT Service will close for the Christmas period.
Thereafter you will be able to leave a voicemail or email and we will respond when we return on Tuesday 3 January 2017.
  • Boxing Day – Bank Holiday CLOSED
  • Tuesday 27 December 2016  – Bank Holiday CLOSED
  • Wednesday 28 December 2016 – CLOSED
  • Thursday 29 December 2016 – CLOSED
  • Friday 30 December 2016 – CLOSED
  • Monday 2 January 2017 – Bank Holiday CLOSED
During the closedown period our essential systems will continue to be monitored and any critical failures will be investigated and rectified.

Central Hosting Downtime - Saturday 10 December 2016

Purpose: Reminder of scheduled downtime information Saturday 10 December 2016
Audience: School staff using Centrally Hosted Systems

On Saturday 10 December 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 10 December 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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