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Switched on Computing and the Ofsted Framework – some FAQs

Find out how our Switched on Computing courses help meet the new Ofsted requirements with this set of FAQs put together by Switched on Computing author Miles Berry and Havering Computing experts Amanda Jackson and Dave Smith. 

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Anti-Bullying Week 2019: 11th-15th November

Next week is Anti-bullying week, an annual campaign run by the Anti-Bullying Alliance. The theme for Anti-Bullying Week 2019 is ‘Change Starts With Us' and will run from Monday 11th November - Friday 15th November. We know it's important to make sure children feel happy and safe at school and online, so we've compiled some helpful resources to help start the anti-bullying conversation and promote kindness this Anti-Bullying Week.

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Education Secretary Damian Hinds addresses the NSPCC conference about online safety

Last week Education secretary Damian Hinds gave a speech at the NSPCC about teaching Online safety in schools. The speech marked the launch of new guidance teaching online safety in schools.

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5 Key Principles for Engaging Parents with Online Safety

Parental engagement is fundamental to the success of safeguarding children online. In honour of Safer Internet Day 2019we've put together a blog post containing tips and resources to help you engage parents with online safety.

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Making sense of computer networks in Year 6

Thanks to Computing teacher, Neil Rickus, for this blog post which looks at a recent lesson on networks he carried out with his Year 6 class.

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Get your teeth stuck into Python at Year 6

It’s probably fair to say that in the world of primary programming, Scratch rules – or its way up there at the very least! And why wouldn’t it be? It’s free, it’s a visual coding language, which is great for beginners, but equally you can do some powerful things with it. However, when I saw a new Switched on Computing Year 6 programming unit, involving learning some Python (a text-based coding language), I was excited to get stuck in. 

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The 3-step e-safety model - respond, follow up, review

You are using the laptops to create a newspaper article on the amazon. One of the students in the class is searching for images of wildlife and the image search returns an image that is graphic in nature. The child tells you immediately.  What do you do next?  In this article, guest blogger Ben Cornford explains his 3-step e-safety model.

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Implementing the new computing curriculum

One of the hardest challenges faced by coordinators is getting staff (and pupil) buy-in to new curriculum changes. Guest blogger, Sarah Brown from Wilbraham Primary School in Manchester,  shares some of her experiences regarding implementing the new computing curriculum which will hopefully give you some ideas to use in your approach. 

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Assessing Computing – a 3 step guide

Assessment is huge. We frantically scrabble from one assessment point to the next, hoping and praying that our pupils have made progress. Often asking ourselves how we managed to survive the onslaught of pink and green pens and whether we have given the children enough time to reflect and respond to our marking. We all know that marking and feedback has a massive impact on progress, but often balancing this with the number of other tasks we need to complete is mind-blowing. And there's more – we must assess Computing too.  Please keep reading though...  Guest blogger, Ben Cornford gives us his 3 step guide to assessing computing.

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Using Wikispaces and Scratch to learn about history

Ben Cornford, ICT & E-Learning Advisor at Thomas A Becket Junior School, West Sussex shares how their pupils have been using different computing programs to help with their history projects.

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