500 Words – 2017

500wcSeven years ago, Chris Evans had a dream: to get children excited about reading and writing. All children, no matter what their ability. 500 Words is now one of the most successful story-writing competitions for kids in the world. Nearly half a million pupils have written a story for us; that’s over 277 MILLION words!

Entrants write an original story on any subject or theme in 500 Words or fewer and submit it online. If they win, their story will be read live on the radio by a superstar celebrity…like Julie Walters, Tom Hiddleston, Sir Kenneth Branagh, Jeremy Irons, or Sherlock himself – Benedict Cumberbatch.

The 2017 competition is now open for entries! Submit your story here to be in a with a chance to join Chris at the 500 Words Final from the Tower of London.

BBC Radio 2’s 500 Words website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00rfvk1

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Youth Photo Campaign – Power of Image

youth_photoThis Safer Internet Day young people across the UK are creating photos to explore the power and influence of images in their lives.

From the pressure to take the perfect selfie, to the ways that images can be misleading or ambiguous, our six photography briefs challenge young people to consider the impact of images on their lives, while also celebrating the positive power of image to help inspire a better internet.

Link: http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/sid-2017/youth-photo-campaign

Safer Internet Day Education Packs

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To help schools, youth groups, police services, libraries and wider run activities for Safer Internet Day 2017 the UK Safer Internet Centre has created Education Packs and complementary SID TV films tailored for 5-7s, 7-11s, 11-14s, 11-18s and parents and carers.

Available in English and Welsh these free packs include lesson plans, posters, presentations, activities and more!

Link: http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/sid-2017/education-packs

Raspberry Pi Competition

rasp_pi_comp Innovation for All

The aim of this year’s competition is to produce innovations that will improve the lives of people who have conditions that limit their ability to do things the rest of us take for granted. Inventions could range from technology which helps athletes win a medal in the Paralympics, aids visual impairment or learning difficulties, to those which uses music therapy to help mental health.

We believe this initiative will drive great innovations – from helping people with physical impairments to operate everyday IT and computers, to inventing wearable technology to enable better learning.

Our Raspberry Pi competition is a core part of our ongoing work to make the difference for young people. The competition gives teams of students as young as eight the opportunity to gain hands-on experience of computer programming and engineering – valuable skills which have been declining in the UK in recent years.

Register Interest: http://www.paconsulting.com/events/raspberry-pi-competition/

Operation Net Safe

netsafe-web-bannerI wanted to draw to your attention to a pan Wales campaign named Operation Net Safe, led by South Wales Police (SWP) in partnership with the Lucy Faithfull Foundation (LFF), which aims to stop the creation, viewing and sharing online of Indecent Images of Children (IIOC). It will officially launch the second week of November and be an on-going campaign . I have set out below some of the planned activity and key messages for your information. Given this is a very public campaign which hopefully will result in increased referrals, early support for potential offenders and questions being raised in various settings such as schools, colleges and youth clubs etc I thought it would be helpful for you to be aware that this will be happening.

There is a comprehensive range of communication planned by SWP and LFF with the aim of getting pre-arrest and potential offender audiences to get help. Some of the communications objectives are to raise awareness across Wales of the hidden problem of IIOC offending; to deter un-arrested offenders and potential offenders and direct them to help; to deter arrested offenders from further offending behaviour and direct them to help and to encourage family and friends to take action if they have concerns about someone’s online sexual behaviour.

There will be key messages focused around:
· Viewing and sharing sexual images of people under 18 is more common than we would like to think

· Viewing or sharing sexual images of anyone under 18 is against the law – and harmful to children in the pictures

· Viewing sexual images of children and young people compounds the harm they have already suffered

· People viewing or sharing sexual images of anyone under 18 need to stop and help is available

· The consequences of not stopping are severe – people arrested risk losing their jobs, family, friends and access to their children

· If you have concerns about the online sexual behaviour of someone you know – do not ignore them. Take some form of action. Help for you and your loved one is available

· IIOC offending is hard to recognise and accept – but you cannot afford to ignore your concerns

· Call to action: Call the Stop it Now! Helpline on 0808 1000 900, or visit: http://get-help.stopitnow.org.uk/

Currently being finalised are promotional items such as leaflets and wash room posters which support the campaign message and provide information to take steps. There are also a series of films which will be used in online promotional activity through social media. The videos can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/user/stopitnowukireland

To help raise awareness if you or anyone within your networks feel that you would like to link any activity you are doing (perhaps over safeguarding week 14 November) into this campaign and would like further information could you contact DI Paul Davies who is the Regional Coordinator for Child Sexual Exploitation on paul.davies5@south-wales.pnn.police.uk.

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Maths Advent Calendars

Primary and Secondary Maths advent calendars from NRICH.

advent_maths_priThe primary advent calendar has 24 activities, the tasks focusing on encouraging mathematical habits of mind: being curious, being thoughtful, being collaborative and being determined.

The secondary advent calendar includes both short and longer tasks to encourage mathematical creativity.

 

Primary Advent Calendar: http://nrich.maths.org/12902

Secondary Advent Calendar: http://nrich.maths.org/12956

ICT Training Events for Swansea Schools – book your place now!

More training events added to the list!

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Swansea’s ICT Curriculum Team has now published a number of training events for school staff which will take place during the first few weeks in November. If you are interested in attending any of these events, please use the Eventbrite button found at the end of each event’s description.

Please note that these events are only available to school staff in Swansea and that there are a limited number of places available on each event.

More training events have now been added to the list, so if you want information on the Digital Competence Framework (DCF) or learn how to create databases with J2Data, book your place now!

Link: http://www.learn-ict.org.uk/courses.htm

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ICT Training Events for Swansea Schools – book your place now!

ICT Short Courses - Summer Term 2013

ICT Short Courses – Autumn Term 2016

Swansea’s ICT Curriculum Team has now published a number of training events for school staff which will take place during the first few weeks in November. If you are interested in attending any of these events, please use the Eventbrite button found at the end of each event’s description.

Please note that these events are only available to school staff in Swansea and that there are a limited number of places available on each event.

More training events have now been added to the list, so if you want information on the Digital Competence Framework (DCF) or learn how to create databases with J2Data, book your place now!

Link: http://www.learn-ict.org.uk/courses.htm

Curriculum for Wales Blog is now live!

Welsh Assembly GovernmentThe first major curriculum reform in 20 years is underway in Wales. The curriculum will be new, assessment will evolve, and the way this is happening is very different to before.

It’s a lot to take on, even if it is taking place over several years. But the challenge has to be met head-on if we’re to prepare pupils best for their futures in life and work.

Follow the blog here: https://curriculumforwales.gov.wales/