We provide a comprehensive package of support, advice, resources and CPD for school Leaders, teachers and parents to maximise the Computing curriculum including the strategic development, safe and positive use of digital, the planning and implementation of computing, making links to the broader curriculum. The package includes access to extensive Computing CPD, whole school Computing planning, digital strategy and action planning, policy templates and resources for parents. The Service has expertise in Remote Learning strategies, safeguarding and parental engagement.
Our team of consultants and lead teachers work with the DFE, LGFL, BESA, major IT partners and a large group of Edtech and education organisations including Three Discovery, Barefoot, BT, Cas, Microsoft, Google, BBC, LGFL, Childnet, Safer Internet Centre, 2Simple, Bletchley Park and Common Sense Media.
The team organise termly Leaders’ events, TeachMeets and Community celebrations and aims to maximise partnership and good practice across Islington Council, London and beyond with a shared vision of equipping young people with the digital skills to maximise creativity and learning via the computing curriculum, as well as future study and career opportunities.
How will this service be delivered?
- Six half-day in school visits tailored to your needs. This may include one-to-one work with leaders, teachers, delivery of INSET sessions, hands-on support for teachers in their classrooms or workshops for parents or governors on computing and online safety. Visits will be planned against a checklist of recommended whole school priorities to ensure value for money and effectiveness and we will feedback verbally at the end of each visit and provide a brief written summary with actions for next steps.
- Regular emailed newsletter which highlights the latest advice, news and information on Computing, online safety and digital in schools and free opportunities for your school to consider.
- Comprehensive support for online safety including policies, training and parent workshops, pupil led “tech celebrations”, class assemblies and Safer Internet Day, together with support for managing incidents.
- Support to schools on Website Compliance, Social Media strategies and managing online reputation
- Support for the strategic leadership of Digital and computing, visioning, making links to work of other subject leaders and preparation for Ofsted
- Support to plan and implement the Islington computing curriculum with whole school curriculum maps, year group units and cross-curricular booklets.
- Hands-on support for teachers including team teaching, demonstration lessons and planning and assessment using the Islington online curriculum
- Loan of Computing and digital curriculum resources including Robotics, Green Screen Kit and Barefoot Kits
- Bespoke school/federation based training via staff meetings, INSET days and twilight sessions and support for planning sessions with external partners, e.g. Barefoot Computing, LGFL and Edtech organisations
- Support for extracurricular activities such as Code Club and pupil Digital Leader Resources.
- Support for ICT resource management with recommendations and advice for investment planning, hardware and software and fundraising opportunities
- Support for Start of Year processes with USO accounts for pupils, maximising subscription and free digital tools for whole community
- Professional development for the ICT/Computing Co-ordinator and subject leaders at exciting events organised with national Edtech and Computing bodies and speakers
- Management of London Grid for Learning (LGfL) resources and support to obtain value for money from these. We work closely with the LGfL content grid editorial and LGfL Online safety group, to develop resources and policies, which are then embedded in the Islington online curriculum resource
- Facilitate exchange visits between schools for sharing good practice, for example, EYFS use of iPads and programmes such as “digital leaders”
- Partnerships with range of EdTech, Digital/STEM Educational organisations and tech /computing experts including Miles Berry, Stephen Heppell, Kate Russell and Maggie Philbin providing free opportunities including workshops for schools, code clubs, equipment and networking.
What added value does this service offer?
- Comprehensive and extensive integrated package of support, advice, CPD and resources (including updated scheme of work) for SLT, Primary Computing and Online safety across the whole school community
- Co-ordinated support and development of good practice via regular events and celebrations
- Access to the latest computing and Online safety in school advice, news and events
- Wide range of in school sessions including staff meetings, classroom support, parent sessions, assemblies, code clubs, school trips, fundraising activity and governor meetings
- Facilitated partnerships and networking with Edtech, IT and safeguarding industry and partners
What our customers say
"Islington Computing and Online safety Service support our school though a bespoke, professional and comprehensive package that ensures we are able to provide for all our children with a well sequenced, ambitious and exciting computing curriculum, as well as Online safety and digital workshops for parents and community. The service is enhanced by high quality partnerships and our school have loved a range of workshops and partnerships inc with Bletchley park, Miles Berry and Three Discovery."
Grafton Primary School