New Courses Booklet 2016 -2017

1st April 2016
The new ICT and e-learning courses booklet has been sent to all schools. We have a fantastic range of courses covering:
  • the teaching of computing;
  • the use of ICT as a tool across the curriculum;
  • the management and leadership of ICT;
  • e-safety and security when using ICT in school.

Our courses are free to schools who are members of ICT SLA 1 – curriculum support.

Schools not part of ICT SLA 1 can send staff, but these will be charged on an individual basis. Courses are open to schools within Northumberland Education Authority, as well as Academies and None L.A. schools.

Information on SLA’s and booking courses can be found on the ICT Team website at

Within the Local Authority we continue to develop resources and content of our Learning platform, School360, to support the teaching and use of ICT within the curriculum. 

School360 continues to develop from strength to strength and this year we will be launching a number of new items of functionality including:

 Integration with SIMs to allow schools to use School360 to register pupils and send data automatically into SIMs;

A Parent App for iPhone and Android which allows the school to message parents directly or in groups, send news and information on pupil attendance and rewards, as well as enabling parents to register absence;

A new EYFS interface, designed by Northumberland teachers which provides a simple graphical sign on system and enables the teacher to set bespoke activities for individuals, groups and classes.

We are also launching our ‘Mystery of Wickworth Manor’ literacy project, developed collaboratively with Northumberland Schools, Anne Curtis at ShooFly publishing and Bloomsbury publishing.

A number of new courses are planned this year including;

A course especially for Admin staff on using School360 to register pupils and how to manage your school360 platform;

Star Control - a programming roadshow for schools;

Ozobot for desk top control;

Crumble for making and controlling your own devices.

 Courses are just one element of the support we provide to schools and if you or your staff would like training or support in other aspects of Computing and ICT, please contact either myself or a member of the ICT team.

 Richard Taylor

ICT & e-learning Adviser