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Herts Computing Scheme - Version 4 is coming!

Herts for Learning is proud to announce that Version 4 of the Herts Computing Scheme for primary schools will be published at the end of August 2015. The new version will be generally updated and improved. but will also include a deeper focus on understanding around physical computers and how they "talk " to each other and will include a new emphasis on exploration and evaluation of devices and software. The new version will also provide some helpful samples of assessed work.

If you are, or have been, subscribed to the scheme, your school will be emailed with further details. If however you would like more information at this stage, please contact:


Sam Payne
01438 844893

Attention to Schools with Apple Products - September 2014

As users may already be aware, following Apple's recent announcement, the latest version of their mobile operating system - "iOS8", has been released to the public this week.

From this point forwards, all new iPads, iPods and iPhones will be shipped with iOS8 pre installed, and all existing devices will prompt users to install the update.  Whilst the installation of this update should not be possible when devices are connected in schools, it will be possible for the update to be downloaded and installed if any users take devices offsite, and connect them to home internet services.

SITSS advise schools not to upgrade to iOS8 at this time, until we have completed testing of the update, to ensure it works in educational environments.

Apple also announced their latest OSX operating system for Macs - OSX10.10 Yosemite, which is due to be released this autumn.  SITSS again advise schools not to upgrade to this version, until testing of it has been completed.

Following SITSS testing of these updates, we will notify schools via the Grid and the SITSS "@SITSSApple" Twitter feed on how to proceed.

Please do not hesitate to contact the SITSS Service Desk if you have any queries about this matter (01438 844777, option 1, option 3).

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) - Sandringham School

Sandringham School in St. Albans is an academy with 1300 students on roll, with specialisms in Art, Science and Leading Edge. It is also a Gifted and Talented lead school and holds International School status. Since the 2013 – 2014 school year Sandringham has been planning for and beginning the implementation of what will eventually be a school-wide BYOD scheme

Technology Rich Mobile Classroom - Barkway and Barley First Schools

Barley C of E (VC) First School and Barkway VA (C of E) First School are two small schools in villages near Royston in Hertfordshire. They are approximately 2.5 miles apart and as they are small they share one head teacher. The schools therefore work together very closely in many different ways, and share certain resources, one of which is a technology equipped minibus.

The Education Foundation July 2014: Technology In Education - A system view


Changes to JANET Video Conferencing Service

Users of the JANET Video Conferencing service (JVCS) will probably be aware that on July 28th 2014 the service is changing to 'V-Scene.' Information about the new service, and a short video to introduce it, can be found here:

It is advisable that users of the current JVCS read this information and familiarise themselves with the features of the new service. JANET also request that administrators prepare for the migration by:

• checking your own details and make sure that your organisation has enough administrators registered to provide cover
• delete references of video systems no longer required at your organisation
• check that details of users are up-to-date and remove user entries that no longer apply
• put aside some time in the week of 28 July to familiarise yourself with the new interface

Educator Networking Week - Twitter

Collaborating with other educators enriches our teaching and improves us in a myriad of ways. Social media now allows educators to collaborate with each other from across the globe.




The Herts for Learning Primary Computing Scheme (version 3)

The Herts for Learning Primary Computing Scheme (version 3) provides a creative approach to delivering the Computing curriculum and is fully aligned with the 2014 National Curriculum for Computing.  It supports the teaching and the development of computing and builds computer science capability for current and future learning. 

It is designed to evolve to embrace new technologies and practices and meet statutory changes to the national curriculum.  To offer the greatest flexibility to schools whilst ensuring progression, the scheme is organised into four age phases; EYFS, Key Stage 1, Lower Key Stage 2 and Upper Key Stage 2, supporting mixed and single aged cohorts. 



How Hertfordshire schools can help get people online: resources and support

In schools around the country, students are sharing their digital skills with people in their communities – friends, family, neighbours, community groups – and helping them to enjoy the benefits the internet can bring:



Raspberry PiWho had all the Pis?

In an exciting initiative to get young people actively involved in computing, The Raspberry Pi Foundation gave away thousands of Google-sponsored Raspberry Pis to under 18’s back in January.

Are your pupils among them?

Herts for Learning is eager to hear about schools in Hertfordshire who have received or are awaiting their Pis, and we would like to support you in your Pi journey.

If you are one of the lucky receivers of a Pi and would like to share your journey with other schools in Hertfordshire please contact:

Jessica Broadbent, HfL Journalist at:


Raspberry PiSome Exciting News From Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi Foundation is giving away 2000 Google-sponsored Raspberry Pis to children and teenagers (ie under 18) in the UK.

People can participate either via the school (as part of Hour of Code week) or as individuals (create a "My PI Project" poster).

This could be a great opportunity for school computer clubs.

The Computing and ICT Curriculum Team



Tubs for Tablets - Flora Campaign
Flora has teamed up with Tesco to give primary and middle schools across the UK the chance to get their hands on thousands of pounds worth of touch screen tablets (an ASUS MeMO Pad™ 172)- simply by collecting tokens in special tubs of Flora. Schools or parents can register at:



Using Android Tablets in a Primary School - Good Practice Case Study Updated May 2013
Killigrew Primary and Nursery School is a two form entry school near St. Albans. We first visited this school in December 2012 to look at their use of Android based tablets, which the school purchased in the autumn term of that year.

Their 16 Toshiba AT300-101 tablet computers were purchased for general cross-curricular use in all classes. The school has an extensive PC network, running RM Community Connect 4, which includes an ICT suite as well as laptops for use in classrooms.

When the first version of this case study was published at the beginning of 2013, the tablets were new to the school so it was decided we would revisit the case a few months later to see how the use of these devices had developed.



Roamer's visit to Maple Cross

At the end of the Spring Term, Maple Cross Primary School near Rickmansworth hosted a very creative project, using the new Roamer Too as a robotic character in a new Star Wars adventure and at the same time getting the children interested in computer programming. More details about this great project with the school's Upper Key Stage 2 pupils and their teacher, Nick Flint, were published on the Roamer website.




Woodfield School - NAACE National Schools Competition Winners

Congratulations to Woodfield School who were overall winners in the NAACE Annual Competition for Schools 2013! Entrants were invited to create a digital artefact to show how technology helps us learn better, and you can view their winning video here:



Using Android Tablets in a Primary School - Good Practice Case Study
Killigrew Primary and Nursery School is a two form entry school near St. Albans. In the Autumn term of 2012 the school purchased 16 Toshiba AT300-101 tablet computers for general cross-curricular use in all classes. This case study shows how the school are managing and using the tablets



DfE 30th January 2013: Computer science to be included in the EBacc
Computer science will be added to the list of separate science options (so there are now four separate sciences instead of the traditional three) in the EBacc.