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A Sense Of Humour - Film & Animation Competition

A Sense Of Humour is a free film and animation competition run by Elstree Film Design for children and young people aged up to 25 living in Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, London and Surrey.

Entrants will produce an original 90 second short film or animation from scratch around the theme of ĎA Sense of Humourí.


Free Micro:Bit Computing Devices for Year 7 Students

Students in the new year 7 from September are eligibile to receive a Micro:Bit computing device from the BBC. This small, simple device with a number of attached LEDs can be plugged into a computer and students can program the LEDs to flash simple messages. Schools should apply to receive devices for eligible students by using this form:


Into Film Clubs

Into Film puts film at the heart of the educational and personal development of children and young people aged 5-19 across the UK.They are a film education charity and everything that they offer is completely free for state-funded schools and organisations. There are strict guidelines governing their funding to ensure that this is so.

Their main platform is film club, which gives children and young people the opportunity to watch, discuss and review films, as well as training and online resources to make their own films. It is a fantastic launch pad for introducing young people to film, as well as boosting literacy, critical thinking and filmmaking skills.


Into Film Club Flyer


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.