Back to School with LGfL

As teachers we get angry when we start seeing the ‘back to school’ signs in our local shops, but we have to face it, the summer break is nearly over, and it is (nearly) time to go back to school.

Going back to school after a long summer holiday can be tough. To make it easier on everyone, we’ve identified ten ways you can use LGfL resources and services to make the landing a little smoother and the start of school that much easier.

Make sure you are using our curriculum resources to their fullest: by mapping our resources to your curriculum, browse by subject/key stage to see everything relevant to you at a glance or search for a specific National Curriculum statement for a specific lesson need.

 

Read and subscribe to our Blogs: to keep up to date with our latest resources, we currently have 3 blogs that you can subscribe to, we have our Curriculum Blog (which you’re reading at the moment!) Our blog is updated weekly and offers a mix of topical pieces relating to how best to use LGfL content within your school setting. We also have Safe Blog which offers regular information, commentary and updates to safeguarding and our Inclusion Blog which looks at how you can use our content to support all learners. Also look out for our newest Blog let’s get Digital, which will be focusing on how cloud-based platforms can help transform teaching and learning.

Check out our training hub: We have added a huge range of training to our Training Hub offering a unique range of courses, browse and book or why not share the link with colleagues. Training is FREE for all LGfL teachers you can find out more about the courses on offer and how to sign up here. Examples of future courses include: Creative computing, Supporting Teaching AssistantsGoogle and Microsoft training, and Online-Safety training featuring CEOP THINKUKNOW introduction.

Sign up to our newsletters: Every month we send out a newsletter via email to everyone who has signed up, this is a great way to hear about updates to our 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 LGfLDSLs and online safety leads and SEND.

Use your USO: Make sure you and students have access to all of LGfL content at school and home by having your USO and password. Below is a short video to help you in acquiring staff and student USOs (just click on the image below)

Make sure you aren’t paying for a service we already provide for you: our Broadband and e-mailservices  are state-of-the-art, made for schools, and approved by self-guiding experts. But there are many other services provided to LGfL subscribers at no additional costs, from discounts on GDPR implementation services, access to the latest Malware software to Microsoft training/G suite implementation and much more!

Like and follow us on Social Media: for all of the latest news, event and updates to our resources and support

LGfL is on Facebook and Twitter

TRUSTnet is on Facebook and Twitter

Digisafe is on Facebook and Twitter

IncludED is on Twitter

Check out our new inclusion area: Across LGfL, there are many resources which support inclusion. Our Inclusion resources centre has an all new way to search for resources so you can support your learners faster than ever before and now has extra information about particular SEND subjects.

Update your online safety and AUPs: The Digisafe team have been busy over the summer updating our Online-Safety policy and AUP (Acceptable Use Policy) and have a range of differentiated templates so that all learners can stay safe on line and while you are in the Digisafe area have a look at the fantastic new online safety posters.

 

Book a free training session: it’s never too late to book a free school session with one of our Learning resource consultants, our expert LRC’s will create a bespoke training session for your staff so that your school can get the most out of the LGfL’s curriculum content. Our consultants offer flexible sessions that can be an after-school session lasting an hour or a whole day inset just email training@lgfl.net to book your free session.

How are you going to use LGfL services and resources to help energise your students learning? Do let us know by sharing your hints and tips via our Facebook and Twitter or in the comments below.

However you start the new academic year the LGfL curriculum team wish you the very best of luck and hope that we can support you and your students throughout the upcoming year.

 

Social Media for Schools

Red Box – Virtual Business Support, recently undertook some social media training for schools for London Grid for Learning (@LGfL) along with the wonderful Katy Potts (@katypotts) and Matthew Beevor (@mbeevor) from Islington Council.

They  focused on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram but also looked at how to utilise your Google Local Entry.

The session covered types of content best suited for each platform; ensuring your social media accounts are optimised and set up correctly; social media policy and GDPR; then finally some best practise and practical tips for managing your social media.

A school’s social media and digital footprint is now an essential part of their marketing and PR strategy.  It is not only a great way to improve communications with parents but it is also used by prospective parents and indeed even Ofsted will search out a school online before a visit.  It is therefore essential for schools to take ownership of their online reputation rather than leave it to chance.

Social media can show your school is active and engaging as part of your local community and indeed even globally.  Many schools look for sponsorship from local businesses for their school fairs and fundraisers, and what better way than to reach out to them on twitter for example.  All small businesses are using twitter as a cost effective form of marketing so they will be delighted if your school engages with them online.

social media for schoolsSocial media is a great way of building connections with outside organisations, use it to join an already established campaign or indeed create your own campaign and hashtag.  Use it to highlight your school and your pupils’ achievements.  In this way the advantages from social media far outweigh the negatives, as long as you set out a clear social media policy.

When creating a social media policy, decide who will have access, what type of content you will share and what tone you will use.  Ensure your parents have consented to images of their children being used but also have a policy around what sort of images can be used, (perhaps you don’t allow close ups of pupils but rather cleverly set up images that convey the event without highlighting individuals).  Your social media policy should also include how school trips are represented, locations should not be divulged so perhaps share the trips images the following day rather than immediately.

Your school’s Google Local Entry is more than likely going to be the first thing a user sees when searching online, even before your website, so it makes sense to make the most of it.  Claim your entry and add good images and location details.  Google have recently created the option of ‘posting’ to your entry, this is added content that will be tagged to your entry and is a brilliant way to market upcoming events and even available school places.

There is a great deal to think about when setting up your school’s social media but using it well could greatly improve your schools profile and sharing positive content will only help to maintain your school’s online reputation.

Many thanks to Red Box for this blog post.

You can find more information on managing your schools’s online reputation from LGfL here.

GDPR advice here.

Range of template policies here.