Thematic links and resources

Leicester City Council BSF website

The Leicester City Council BSF webpages are currently being updated. We’ve been asked to provide resources linking to and supporting our ICT thematic areas. We’ve rounded these up in one handy place for you here. These lists are of course not exhaustive – but you should find something of use and interest.

 Space and Place

Leicester City Council: Learner Voice in Leicester City (2012)

A report on young people in Leicester’s priorities for their school environment and for the use of technology to support learning.

Laura Taylor for Leicester City Council: Designing 21st Century Libraries/Learning Spaces (2012)

Laura Taylor produced a guidance document for Leicester City Council BSF schools –. This report was created to support schools in thinking about the use of existing space and in considering future design or refurbishment of Learning Resource Centre spaces. The guide is provided under a Creative Commons Licence and is available for download here in PDF or Word document format.

The SLA annual competition for School Library Design guidance notes are well worth reviewing, and can support the development of the use of your school library space, even if you aren’t thinking of entering. Previous competition winners have included a wide range of older as well as new libraries – it rewards innovation, creativity and resourcefulness in the use of making the most of library space.

Futurelab: Developing the Home-School Relationship using Digital Technologies handbook (2010)

Key issues around home-school relationship, providing schools with a framework in which to consider how to support these relationships, and how to navigate the challenges afforded by the use of digital technologies.

The Daily Riff:  How the Flipped Classroom is Radically Transforming Learning (2012)

An introduction to the Flipped Classroom approach with links to further resources and information.

Northants Better Learning Using Technologies: Using Facebook to Engage Parents (2011)

Head Teacher Tom Rees’s reflections on using Facebook to engage the wider school community.

CPD and Innovation

Better Learning through Technology – a report from the SchoolsTech Conversation run by Naace and ALT (2012)

This report follows a structured online discussion looking at how the effective use of technology in schools can be realised to support better teaching and learning. It considers how teachers can best develop the right skills; how learning is organised and delivered; and how education can be agile in adapting to new technology developments.

LCC SchoolTech

Resources, updates and reports from Leicester City Council’s BSF ICT Team.

Futurelab at NFER

The Enquiring Schools Programme, CPD workshops, projects and Resources from Futurelab.


Vital aims to support practitioners in sharing their expertise and enhance the quality of teaching and learning. Their remit includes the embedded use of new technologies across the curriculum, digital literacy; computing (the discipline), IT (the subject) and the use of data (e.g. MIS). Their site houses subject and specialist forums, and events calendar and a range of resources.


Naace is a professional association representing the voice of the UK education technology community in the schools sector. They provide a range of resources, activities and run events and CPD opportunities.

Networked Learning and Communities


Research and case studies relating to models of technology provision in schools, including 1:1 computing, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), Digital Leaders programmes, Cloud Computing and Flipped Classroom.

Connected Educator Month Resources (2013)

Resources from the US Digital Media and Research Hub on the Connected Educators Initiative

Guide to Building a Professional Learning Network (2012)

Learn how to use web 2.0 and social media tools to become a connected educator.

Ideas Factory: Using Twitter and the Personal Learning Network in Education

Round up of links to information and resources looking at using Twitter in the classroom, for Professional Development, and for sharing, co-operation and collaboration.

Twitter Workshop (2012)

Presentation on using twitter for learning and teaching, and to develop personal learning networks.

Information Management

Information Commissioner’s Office: Education

Information for schools from the ICO.  Includes guidance on data management, Freedom of Information and use of biometric technologies.

Information Commissioner’s Office: Young People

Information for young people on date protection and managing personal information online

Demos: Truth, Lies and the Internet (2011)

This report examines the ability of young people in Britain to critically evaluate information they consume online.

Open University: Being Digital

A collection of short study skill activities, including  search, evaluation, communication and sharing online.

Bring Your Own Technology/Device toolkit (2012)

Information for parents and teachers about Bring Your Own Device approaches, including planning, policy and implementation issues.

LCC SchoolTech: Leicester City Schools taking BYOD forward (2012)

Why we are looking at BYOD approaches in Leicester City Schools, including links to BYOD related resources.

OER Commons

Open Educational Resources by and for educators across all subjects. The site collects and curates openly licenced resources from across the globe.

Creative Commons

Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools. Includes links to Open Educational Resources

Green ICT

Practical Action – Schools

Innovative Science, Design and Technology and Geography resources that focus on a whole range of sustainable issues  including renewable energy and climate change

The free resources include lesson plans, activities, posters, challenges, images, videos and games all set within a global context.

Practical Action – Sustainable Technology Project

The Sustainable Technology Education Project (STEP) aims to increase people’s awareness of sustainable technology, enabling them to recognise the economic, environmental and social impacts of their own technology choices.

Green ICT in schools – Kent County Council (PDF)

Alan Day, Head of ICT Strategy at Kent County Council, provides an overview of the issues and approaches schools can take to adopt greener approaches to their ICT use – both through investment and better use of existing systems.

JISC: Greening ICT Programme Strand

The Greening ICT programme was designed to deliver on JISC’s key strategic priority of enabling the greening of ICT in the Higher and Further Education sectors through organisational change and harnessing the research strengths of the sector to help deliver solutions for education and the wider constituency.

Although focused on the FE and HE sectors, there is information, research and guidance that will be of interest to schools, for example on computer room efficiency and the use of thin client devices.

eSafety and Cyberbullying

Safer Internet Day

Safer Internet Day (SID) is organised by Insafe in February of each year to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people across the world.

This website showcases some of the exciting activities and events that take place across the globe to celebrate the day, and houses useful, up to date free resources for schools.

LSE: EU Kids Online

European children’s use, risk and safety online. Research and recommendations regarding young people’s engagement with technology. The projects reports and findings are available here.

Childnet: Digizen

Information for educators, parents, carers, and young people on staying safe online and being responsible digital citizens. Advice and resources on issues such as social networking and cyberbullying and how these relate to and affect online experiences and behaviours.

Family Online Safety Institute: A Platform for Good

A wide range of resources aimed at parents, teachers and young people to connect, share and do good online – promoting the safe, positive use of technology.


Programme of practical activities that develop young people’s skills, self-confidence and safety awareness when using social networking sites. Designed to work on safe social networks, the free materials and teacher resources will enable a school to easily deliver engaging activities and develop digital literacy skills. The Safe Programme and resources are free for schools and designed for young people aged 7-11 and 11-16.

The East Midlands e-Safety project

A project focusing on improving e-Safety for all learners with learning difficulties and disabilities.

Enhancing parents’ knowledge and practice of online safety project report (2013)

This Australian project aimed to give parents a close-up view of how and why young people use technology, and assess what impact this has on parents’ own digital literacy, and asked young people to design and deliver online safety workshops for parents.


About Josie Fraser

UK-based Social and Educational Technologist, currently working for Leicester City Council (Local Government) as ICT Strategy Lead (Children's Capital). I support schools across the city in making effective and innovative use of technology to support learning, teaching and whole school development.
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