An open letter from Joe Halloran | Joe Halloran

To all the schools I’ve worked with,

After 10 years I am leaving my post at London CLC.  Thank you for the opportunity of working with you and for all the kindness which has been shown towards me, without exception, for a decade.

I am sure this amount of kindness is exceptional. I can’t imagine there are many other places, beyond schools, where positivity is so abundant. Of course, young people are much to thank for this. We know that, despite all the difficulties they face, children are a constant source of vibrancy, curiosity, and delight.

One of the teachers I work with recently…

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Music and computing with Scratch Jr | Joe Halloran

A teacher at one of our partner schools asked us about ideas for a Music-computing project for year 2. We thought he could use Scratch Jnr to record sounds and compose / program a tune. We made this video to explain how.

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IBM Robot Challenge X | Joe Halloran

The tenth and final IBM Robo Challenge takes place tomorrow. We have teams from 12 schools descending upon IBM’s South Bank building to take part in a series of robotics challenges.

We received this email from Nicola Schofield at Merton Park, describing their teams experience preparing for the competition.  It was such a great description of the project we asked if we could share it. 

Over to Nicola….

“I wanted to take the opportunity in advance to thank London CLC and IBM for inviting us to participate in this challenge and to explain what a difference it has made in school….

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BBC features ReflectED metacognition project | Joe Halloran

The BBC World Service made a podcast about metacognition this week, including a report on the ReflectED project at Rosendale Primary school.

ReflectED was developed by Rosendale primary school, with help from London CLC and the National Education Trust.

The BBC program, part of the ‘World Hacks’ series, looks at the impact of various approaches to metacognition in primary education, like p4c (Philosophy for Children).

The program also looks at controversies in the research. Our own ReflectED trial, involving 30 primary schools across England, found pupils made 4 months additional…

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Metacognition research published | Joe Halloran

Metacognition research conducted with help from London CLC has improved attainment in maths – but had negative impacts on reading.

The ReflectED project was run by Rosendale Primary School, with help from London CLC and the National Education Trust. The evaluation report, published earlier this month, found pupils made an average of four additional months progress in maths, but made two months less progress in reading.

The 2014-15 Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) trial found that year 5 pupils who took part in the ReflectED programme “developed  a more positive attitude to maths” and…

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Introducing the BBC micro:bit | Joe Halloran

You’ve probably heard of the BBC micro:bit by now. It is a pocket-sized programmable computer.

The BBC will give one to every Year 7 child in the country. This is a huge project; the BBC will give away roughly one million micro:bits.The aim is to inspire a generation of designers, programmers, and engineers to see beyond the shiny exteriors of their electronic devices and to understand the mysterious inner workings that are the back bone of our digital age.

As one of the official product champions, London CLC was lucky enough to be invited to the launch event at BBC’s New Broadcasting…

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Tech – Advice and News from London CLC’s Technical Team | Joe Halloran

Boost your Bandwidth!

As you are probably well aware, with the shortage of school places in London and the plans in place from existing schools to expand in order to accommodate this demand, schools are growing – and with that, so must their technology and the core infrastructure that supports it. London schools are extremely fortunate to be supported in all things broadband by the LGFL/Atomwide Consortium. When your school signed up for services from LGFL, you would have picked a connection speed; either 10, 20,30,40,50 or 100mbps (mega bits per second), which you would have decided upon…

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