Start your year well with#LGfLresolutions

 ‘Use less single-use plastic’ and ‘eat less meat’ are two of my resolutions for 2020. With a new year comes with it the idea of setting new year’s resolutions, did you know that about 45% of adults set at least one resolution for the New Year? Research has found that only 12% of people will succeed in meeting their resolutions and that more than 60% of people will have already given up on their New Year’s resolutions by the end of the first week of the new year. 

We know how hard it can be to keep those resolutions, so at LGfL HQ, we have come up with some simple, easy-to-keep resolutions that will help you start the New Year in a positive way whilst getting the most out of the amazing content, service and support that your LGfL Let’s Get Digital subscription provides. 

Sign up to our newsletters: Every month we send out an email update to everyone who has signed up to hear about new events and online learning resources, updates to education legislation, or news on how we can help keep your students safe and learn more with LGfL. We have 3 different newsletters LGfL, DSLs and Online Safety Leads and SEND.

Read and subscribe to our curriculum blog: Our blog is open access, so no need to login. It is also mobile-friendly so is perfect for the morning commute to school if you travel by public transport! It’s updated weekly and offers a mix of topical pieces relating to how best to use LGfL content within your school setting. We always aim to promote inclusive practice so (as from 2020) we will now include all things related to inclusion, SEND, Mental Health and Welbeing into the curriculum blog rather than having a separate one.  If you subscribe, you get the latest post sent straight to you. 

Put this date in your diary: 22nd – 25th January 2020 We are looking forward to BETT in January 2020. The whole LGfL team will be there on stand NH30 so please come along and say hi and find out more about how we can support you in school. You can sign up to visit Bett here.

Read and subscribe to our Let’s Get Digital Blog: The Let’s Get Digital Blog series of blogs designed to support schools in their journey to using cloud-based tools and applications to energise the curriculum and boost productivity.  Additionally, it’s the place where you can keep up to date on all the latest features of G-Suite and Office 365, including case studies.

Check out our training hub: Our LGfL Training Hub offers CPD at its best, offering a unique range of courses, we have updated our training portal ready for the spring term. Training comes as part of your Let’s Get Digital Subscription, you can find out more about the courses on offer and how to sign up here. Examples of future courses include Safeguarding Leads, Online Safety training, Creative Computing, Adobe Spark training, as well as Google and Microsoft training, browse and book or share a link with colleagues. 

Make your classroom and your lessons as inclusive as possible: Visit the LGfL Inclusion resource portal to find resources which can save you time while helping to promote inclusion and wellbeing. You can also visit the training portal to find courses specifically aimed at supporting inclusion and wellbeing such as mental health first aid at school, mental health designated lead training or one of our other training topics such as supporting learners with dyslexia or supporting learners with challenging behaviour related to SEND. 

Like and follow us on Social Media: Follow us on our social media channels Twitter and Facebook to keep up-to-date with the latest news, research highlights and benefit from a range of useful resources. 

Put this date in your diary: 23rd April 2020 – Our annual LGfL Let’s Get Digital conference, We’d be delighted if you could join us at this year’s annual LGfL Conference, where we will be running a series of valuable sessions free to all staff details on how to book and the sessions available will be advertised soon, for a taster of what to expect have a look at 2019 event where we welcomed over 350 educators to our Let’s Get Digital Conference, Whether you could make it on the day or not, catch up with the videos and presentations here

Supercharge your schools broadband: with Pledge 2020, we are supercharging your LGfL broadband for free, We will be upgrading your school at no additional cost and there is no requirement to extend your contract. On average, LGfL schools, are receiving a 200% boost in fibre with the minimum speed for primary schools now 100 MBPS and the vast majority of secondary schools will be upgraded to between 500 MBPS and 1GBPS!!! We will be upgrading your school at no additional cost and there is no requirement to extend your contract. On average, LGfL schools, are receiving a 200% boost in fibre with the minimum speed for primary schools now 100 MBPS and the vast majority of secondary schools will be upgraded to between 500 MBPS and 1GBPS!!! Just go here to count your school in.

Read and subscribe to our Safeguarding blog: Our Safeguarding blog is updated weekly and offers regular information, commentary and updates relevant to safeguarding.

Put this date in your diary: 6th March 2020 – SafeConf is our annual safeguarding conference and will take place on 6 March 2020. SafeConf is for designated safeguarding leads, but also handy for online safety and RSHE/PSHE leads in the lead up to September 2020. Check out the agenda here and then don’t forget to book!

Make sure you have your USO: Make sure you and students have access to all of LGfL content at school and home by having your USO and password. We have made improvements to the security of USO password so that they comply with the Data Protection Act of 2018 (DPA 2018) and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), just go to password.lgfl.net to find out more. 

Save your school money: We have been working closely with schools and education leaders to build a new generation of cloud-based digital services that provide fantastic value, keep children safe and support innovation in schools. As a result of this collaboration, we are delighted to announce a positive and fundamental refresh of the LGfL subscription. For schools, the changes mean that a number of new market-leading products are now available at no additional cost and form part of the LGfL subscription. Find out how much you are or can save at www.savings.lgfl.net and claim your free licences too. We estimate that primary and secondary schools making use of all the additional software save (or achieves additional value) worth around £7,000 and £17,000 per annum, respectively.

Enter your school into the LGfL Digital Excellence Awards 2020: The Digital Excellence Awards 2020 are now open for entries. These awards celebrate best practice and innovative approaches in using the wide range of learning resources and services provided by LGfL. This year we have included a cash prize of £1000 in addition to the physical award and an image you can display on your school website. You can enter by clicking the links next to each category. Go here for more details  on how to enter and the categories. The closing date for entries is 28th February 2020. 

Promote reading for pleasure in your school: Our ReadingZone Live resource is a great portal for promoting a love of reading by showing pupils where published authors get their ideas from and how they approach the writing process. 

Access LGfL content from home: To get the most out of you subscription make sure your students can access LGfL’ award-winning curriculum content at home by checking that your Headteacher has completed the Data Release Declaration for Busy Things, Just2EasyToolsuite and our newly updated Audio Network so that pupils and teachers can access from home.

We would love to see how you are going to use LGfL services and resources to help energise your students learning, let us know by sharing your evidence of impact (it could be photos or students work) via our Facebook and Twitter and if we like and retweet your work you could win an LGfL goodie bag!

Whatever resolutions you have made we wish you a very happy new year and an exciting 2020! If you like our #LGfLresolutions– why not share them on Twitter or Facebook?

 

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