Link2ICT School Newsletters

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April 2019

In this edition, our Senior Education Consultant wonders if AI could have solved Brexit and the recruitment crisis in schools, we give you another opportunity to sign up to our new series of seminars - ‘Horizons: Maintaining wellbeing in a digital world’, we proudly announce that we are improving outcomes with technology for schools in West Sussex, we offer an exclusive discount for the EAL Success Roadshow 2019, we highlight an innovative translation and interpreting service, we ask the pertinent question, "Are your prepared for January 2020?", we also invite you to a number of exciting events we have organised for you during the Summer term plus there's our regular online safety and MIS updates and much more, not forgetting those all-important dates for your diary.

 

 

 

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March 2019

In this edition, you still have time to register for our annual conference ‘Empowering the students of today to create the world of tomorrow’, in the Link2ICT Blog, our Senior Education Consultant considers the new Ofsted Inspection Framework and wonders if now is the time for a calculated risk, we bring you the latest Teacher Feature with Chris Geiregger of Tower View Primary School, we look at making English language accessible for pupils with EAL, announce our new seminars, ‘Horizons: Maintaining wellbeing in a digital world’, we take a look back at the success of Safer Internet Day, focus on the Link2ICT Technician Service - providing specialist onsite support when you need it, introduce Entrust’s Approved BACS Bureau Service plus there's our regular online safety and MIS updates and much more, not forgetting those all-important dates for your diary.

 

  

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February 2019

Here's our latest Online Safety Newsletter for Spring 2019 - packed with the latest updates and information to support your online safety agenda.

 

  

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January 2019

In this edition, our Senior Education Advisor greets 2019 by looking forward to the new Ofsted Framework in the Link2ICT blog, we bring you exciting events for the Spring term from online safety to our annual conference, highlight the equally important and essential layer of safeguarding services we have to comprehensively protect your data and systems, launch the new and improved support portal, introduce Smoothwall RADAR - still the great monitoring software but with a new name, announce our new partnership with Google Education where you are invited to get going with Google in your school, give you an insight into just how busy we were in the Autumn term, plus there's our regular online safety and MIS updates and much more, not forgetting those all-important dates for your diary.

 

  

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December 2018

In this edition, we profile Teresa Wright of SS Peter and Paul Catholic Primary School in our Teacher Feature, bring you the latest blog post from our Senior Education Consultant, Bren Taylor, who reflects on the last twelve months, we bring you a number of key messages for the end of term, introduce SchooliP - the solution that helps schools and academies to simply and effectively manage professional development, highlight how you can bring computing lessons to life with affordable robotics, inform you of our Online Safety Event in preparation for Safer Internet Day 2019, take a look Entrust’s Ways to Wellbeing Award, plus there's our regular online safety and MIS updates and much more, not forgetting those all-important dates for your diary.

 

  

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November 2018

In this edition, we focus the spotlight on Wilkes Green Junior School who were one of the finalists in our Innovation in Schools Award, bring you the latest blog post from our Senior Education Consultant, Bren Taylor, who considers whether Ofsted is making learning exciting again, we highlight a number of events including a Mental Health Webinar (as part of Anti-Bullying Week), the SIMS Next Generation seminars and the Network Managers’ events, we offer a new training opportunity to safeguard your school from the reality of phishing and cybercrime, plus there's our regular online safety and MIS updates and much more, not forgetting those all-important dates for your diary.

 

  

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October 2018

In this edition, we announce the winner of the Innovation in Schools Award 2018, launch our Customer Charter which details the levels of service you can expect from us, bring you the latest blog post from our Senior Education Consultant, Bren Taylor, who reflects on the recent ‘Learning to Shape Birmingham’ conference, give you the lowdown on Computing Lead, Lisa Hawtin in our new “Teacher Feature”, we highlight the upcoming Network Managers’ events, share how we are helping schools manage mental health concerns, plus there's our regular online safety and MIS updates and much more, not forgetting those all-important dates for your diary.

 

  

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September 2018

In this edition, we bring you the latest blog post from our Senior Education Consultant, Bren Taylor, who looks at a number of announcements made during the all-too-fleeting summer break, we focus on the need to ensure ongoing GDPR compliance and how Link2ICT can support your school to achieve this, we keep you up-to-date with Keeping Children Safe in Education - providing you with practical solutions to meet the latest DfE guidance, TheSchoolBus provides useful resources to combat back-to-school bullying, we have a range of events including school improvement seminarsApple Regional Training Centre sessions and there's still time to book your place at the Learning to Shape Birmingham conference, plus there's our regular online safety and MIS updates and much more, not forgetting those all-important dates for your diary.

 

  

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July 2018

In this edition, we bring you the latest blog posts from Bren Taylor and Andy Pyper. Bren looks at the current debate about the use of mobile phones in the classroom, meanwhile Andy considers what an online summer may hold for pupils and what support schools can provide. We focus the spotlight on Guardian Angels and how they are using BGfL 365 and the iPad in early years. With the holidays in mind we introduce the j2e Summer Maths Challenge– a fun (and FREE) activity with a chance to win some great prizes, we share an end of year update - all the information you need before heading off for your well-deserved break, we highlight how to keep pace in the modern classroom, plus there's our regular online safety and MIS updates and much more, not forgetting those all-important dates for your diary.

 

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June 2018

In this edition, we focus the spotlight on Walton Priory Middle School who are maximising the benefits of SIMS to efficiently manage daily school life and drive improvement, bring you the latest blog post from Bren Taylor, our senior Education Consultant who reminds us that at this time of year, we are all in it together, with the new legislation within touching distance, we share some free GDPR resources and TheSchoolBus looks at GDPR and schools, we invite you to our upcoming events, publish the latest edition of our Online Safety Newsletter, present the Summer Training Guide, give you the opportunity to sign up for a brand new safeguarding course - responding to incidents of sexting and much more, not forgetting those all-important dates for your diary.

 

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May 2018

In this edition, we focus the spotlight on Walton Priory Middle School who are maximising the benefits of SIMS to efficiently manage daily school life and drive improvement, bring you the latest blog post from Bren Taylor, our senior Education Consultant who reminds us that at this time of year, we are all in it together, with the new legislation within touching distance, we share some free GDPR resources and TheSchoolBus looks at GDPR and schools, we invite you to our upcoming events, publish the latest edition of our Online Safety Newsletter, present the Summer Training Guide, give you the opportunity to sign up for a brand new safeguarding course - responding to incidents of sexting and much more, not forgetting those all-important dates for your diary.

 

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April 2018

In this edition, we look at the government proposals for transforming mental health provision for children and young people, bring you the latest blog post from Bren Taylor, our senior Education Consultant who looks at ensuring leadership standards in the teaching profession, invite you to a number of events we have lined up for the Summer term, with the new regulations just around the corner, we dispel a few GDPR myths plus you can download the DfE’s new data protection toolkit for schools, highlight our new School Review service which helps you to maximise your outcomes by maximising your investment, launch our 2018 customer satisfaction survey, present the latest addition to our Safeguarding Suite - The Link2ICT Notifying Solution and much more, not forgetting those all-important dates for your diary.

 

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March 2018

In this edition, we bring you the latest blog post from Bren Taylor, our senior Education Consultant who considers the value of working in partnerships, and on that particular subject, in partnership with Epson we give your school MORE, invite you to a unique new event focusing on mental health and the available support for schools, as we edge ever closer to D-Day, our complete GDPR package provides schools with a peace of mind solution, highlight our Online Free School Meals Eligibity Checking Service designed to maximise your Pupil Premium funding, TheSchoolBus offers exclusive resources on social media safety for pupils, and much more, not forgetting those all-important dates for your diary.

 

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February 2018

In this edition, we celebrate our success as a BETT Awards 2018 winner, introduce Spell Blast! - a fantastic free resource for BGfL 365, bring you the latest blog post from Bren, our Senior Education Consultant plus our blog now includes the addition of regular online safety contributions from Safeguarding Manager, Andy Pyper, highlight our new Events page on the Link2ICT website, invite you to submit applications for the 2018 "Innovation in Schools Award", introduce our new monthly training digest, offer the top 10 ways to use virtual reality in the classroom, TheSchoolBus addresses the importance of staff wellbeing, and much more, not forgetting those all-important dates for your diary.

 

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January 2018

In this edition, we focus the spotlight on Holy Trinity CE Primary Academy who are enhancing the curriculum through their use of SMART technology in the classroom, introduce a fantastic free resource for BGfL 365 - a complete computing curriculum scheme of work, bring you the latest in Bren's Blog, where he looks forward to the challenges of a brand new year and the impact of "EdTech" in schools, invite you to submit applications for the prestigious "Innovation in Schools Award", offer significant savings on training courses with our January Sale, highlight the latest advice for GDPR, share the success of being awarded SIMS Accreditation in the MIS Update, and much more, not forgetting those all-important dates for your diary.

 

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December 2017

In this edition, we bring you a very special seasonal online safety video, bring you the latest in Bren's Blog, where he is in the mood for celebration, we offer the next instalment of the GDPR timeline to keep you on track, highlight important information about subscription renewals, invite you to our free Apple Regional Training Centre events with a short video to show you what to expect when you come along, discover we have been shortlisted for another BETT Award, plus we have a farewell message from Karen Crowston, who is taking early retirement later this month, and much more, not forgetting those all-important dates for your diary.

 

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November 2017

In this edition, we focus the spotlight on Anderton Park School who are using the FlashAcademy app to support EAL, bring you the latest in Bren's Blog, where he reflects on how to best utilise pockets of excellence for the benefit of all, TheSchoolBus offers important guidance for preventing and tackling bullying, highlight GDPR support options from Link2ICT, invite you to register for our Senior Leadership Conference and the ever-popular Online Safety event, consider the layers of protection required in your Safeguarding Toolkit, and much more, not forgetting those all-important dates for your diary.

 

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October 2017

In this edition, we focus the spotlight on Rocklands School who are safeguarding their community with MyConcern, bring you the latest in Bren's Blog, where he reflects on how the Link2ICT Monitoring Service is saving lives, TheSchoolBus offers important guidance to ensure the wellbeing of pupils, highlight the benefits of learning a second language, invite you to attend upcoming GDPR sessions, provide more advice and guidance in our online safety update, and much more, not forgetting those all-important dates for your diary.

 

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September 2017

In this edition, we welcome you back to a new school year, focus the spotlight on Hodge Hill Girls' School who are safeguarding their community with the Link2ICT Monitoring Service, bring you the latest in Bren's Blog, where he looks at strategic planning and development, invite you to some exciting upcoming events, highlight a unique virtual reality solution designed for the classroom, deliver our Autumn Training Guide packed full of professional development opportunities, and much more, not forgetting those all-important dates for your diary.

 

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July 2017

In this edition, we offer our support over the holiday period - an ideal time to upgrade or refresh your technology, from kit to connectivity. With even tighter budgets, it's important to future proof equipment, but investing in your staff is also key to school improvement and our portfolio of training and consultancy can meet your CPD needs. Not forgetting that our comprehensive safeguarding solutions support schools in Keeping Children Safe in Education. This issue also includes Dates for the Diary, the j2blast Maths Summer Challenge and our annual Customer Satisfaction Survey, where you could win a FREE consultancy.

 

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June 2017

In this edition, we raise the question of how the new GDPR legislation might affect schools and offer free GDPR seminars. We bring you the latest in Bren's Blog, where he reflects on the excellence of colleagues, highlight the new SIMS Interventions Module, we publish our new Summer/Autumn Training Guide, the regular contribition from TheSchoolBus considers parental behaviour in schools and online, plus there's another MIS update, and much more, not forgetting those all-important dates for your diary.

 

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May 2017

In this edition, we invite you to the event designed specifically for teachers - Making an ImpaCT on Thursday 25 May, bring you the latest in Bren's Blog where he reflects on the importance of investing in excellence, with this in mind, we offer a Summer Term CPD Discount package, and with budgets increasingly stretched, the regular contribition from TheSchoolBus considers income generation opportunities for schools, we highlight the success of LaunchPad 365 (BGfL 365) in Staffordshire with a new video, plus there's another Online Safety update with the latest safeguarding news, and much more, not forgetting those all-important dates for your diary.

 

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April 2017

In this edition, we premiere two new videos featuring BGfL 365 and how it is making a difference at Our Lady's Catholic Primary School, bring you Bren’s Blog where he reminds us that the journey to excellence is a continuous one, launch SATs Blast - another new curriculum resource added to the award-winning BGfL 365 Tool Suite, highlight the latest safeguarding news in our regular Online Safety Update, invite you to take part in Scratch Day 2017 and feature ScratchMaths - a computing and mathematical curriculum programme, and much more, not forgetting those all-important dates for your diary.

 

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March 2017

In this edition, we invite you to the Link2ICT Conference with an exciting programme to unlock your school’s potential, focus the spotlight on St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Cannock who are transforming teaching and learning with Launchpad 365, bring you Bren’s Blog where he considers nurturing excellence, highlight parental controls for popular apps and video websites, give you some more BGfL 365 Top Tips and much more, not forgetting those all-important dates for your diary.

 

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Febuary 2017

In this edition, following the recent Safer Internet Day, we look at some useful online safety resources, focus the spotlight on Heath Mount Primary School who are taking advantage of our Web Services, bring you Bren’s Blog where he considers the merits of a train party, highlight our updated data protection courses to incorporate the new General Data Protection Regulations, announce the date of the Link2ICT Annual Conference, provide an update on the world of Virtual Reality and much more, not forgetting those all-important dates for your diary.

 

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January 2017

In this edition, we look at online safety and the upcoming Safer Internet Day, focus the spotlight on Rednal Hill Juniors who are making a difference to safeguarding the school with MyConcern, bring you Bren’s Blog which reflects on new approaches and new technology, highlight our new science training courses, provide another batch of BGfL 365 Top Tips and much more, not forgetting those all-important dates for your diary.

 

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December 2016

In this edition, we have a special Christmas message from NAO the humanoid robot, look at more Top Tips for BGfL 365, focus on some great resources for online safety, highlight the new Link2ICT Break Fix service, invite you to some more BGfL 365 TeachMeet events, bring you Bren’s Blog which looks at school improvement and much more, not forgetting those all-important dates for your diary.

 

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November 2016

In this edition, Link2ICT are shortlisted finalists for the BETT Awards 2017 with our Monitoring Service, we announce this year’s winner of the Paul Shoesmith Award, look at BGfL 365 Top Tips, focus the spotlight on Hilbre High School who are safeguarding the school community with MyConcern, bring you an exclusive discount deal on education books, invite you to the Teachnology Conference on 22 November, highlight the professional development opportunities for using the iPad in your teaching and learning and our courses to support the computing curriculum and much more, not forgetting those all-important dates for your diary.

 

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October 2016

In this edition, we look at professional development with BGfL365 and online safety, focus the spotlight on Yarnfield Primary School who are using the Link2ICT Robot Days to support the computing curriculum, provide an online safety update on appropriate filters as highlighted in “Keeping children safe in education”, invite you to the Network Managers and School Technicians Event on 9 November and Teachnology on 22 November, highlight the Link2ICT Monitoring Service - now used by over 100 schools and much more, not forgetting those all-important dates for your diary.

 

 

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September 2016

In this edition, we look at internet safety for mobile devices, focus the spotlight on Sundridge Primary School and how they are enhancing their curriculum with BGfL 365, provide another online safety update, invite you to the Making an ImpaCT event on 10 October along with highlighting other upcoming events, bring you information on TheSchoolBus and SchooliP and much more, not forgetting those all-important dates for your diary.

 

 

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July 2016

In this edition, we look back at the year picking out reflect on some of the highlights of the last 12 months such as the Link2ICT Digital Monitoring Service, MyConcern and BGfL 365. And we look ahead to the exciting new offerings that we have to help you after the summer break, including TheSchoolBus, SchooliP, Futures Browser, new courses for 2016/2017, Resources for DSLs and much more.

 

 

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June 2016

In this edition, we look at j2data - the latest addition to the BGfL 365 ToolSuite, focus the spotlight on Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, highlight how BGfL 365 is so much more than Office 365, bring you the latest online safety update, and much more, not forgetting those all-important dates for your diary.

 

 

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May 2016

In this edition, we look at a unique SIMS migration deal in MIS Update, focus the spotlight on St Edmund Catholic School, invite you to a FREE event to discover how Apple products can transform teaching and learning, highlight an exciting new CPD opportunity for school business management, and much more,, not forgetting those all-important dates for your diary.