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Barnet Migration Project

Britain and London haven’t always been so diverse. Taking a look at history can help us understand how our population has changed over time and the reasons for this. People have been moving to and from Britain for hundreds of years. This is called immigration and emigration.

Jewish people are one of the many immigrant groups that has contributed to the richness of our society both now and in the past. This group of people is the focus of our local study.

It includes the personal story of Bertha Leverton, a Kindertransportee from Nazi Germany in the 1930s. She came to England from Munich at the age of 15years with her brother and sister. Bertha dedicated a large part of her life collecting stories about other kindertransportees. For this work she was awarded the O.B.E. from her Majesty The Queen in 2005.

Published by: LGFL
Beamish Collections

Beamish Museum online is a source of classroom activity packs, online museum collections: images, video, and audio. You can also find out about educational activities on site at the museum.

Published by: Northern Grid
Cad iad na cearta atá agam?

Cuidíonn an ceacht seo ar chlár bán le páistí coincheap chearta an duine a thuiscint agus foghlaim faoi Choinbhinsiún na Náisiún Aontaithe um Chearta an Linbh. Déantar fiosrú ar an cheangal atá ag freagrachtaí le cearta. Is féidir an ceacht seo a úsáid in Eochairchéim 2 do theagasc ranga uile agus grúpa agus d’obair aonair.

Published by: C2k
Cé a dhéanann cinneadh?

Cuidíonn an ceacht seo ar chlár bán le páistí fiosrú a dhéanamh ar na cumhachtaí agus na freagrachtaí atá ag an chomhairle áitiúil, ag Tionól Thuaisceart Éireann agus ag Tithe na Parlaiminte. Is féidir an ceacht seo a úsáid in Eochairchéim 2 do theagasc ranga uile agus grúpa agus d’obair aonair.

Published by: C2k
Cé a reáchtálann an scoil s’againne?

Sa cheacht seo ar chlár bán tá intreoir ar chomhairlí scoile. Déantar fiosrú ar roinnt de na ceisteanna tábhachtacha atá le réiteach agus comhairle scoile á bunú nó ullmhúchán á dhéanamh le haghaidh toghchán ranga. Is féidir an ceacht seo a úsáid in Eochairchéim 2 do theagasc ranga uile agus grúpa agus d’obair aonair.

Published by: C2k

Sa cheacht seo ar chlár bán déantar fiosrú ar na féilte atá ag na pobail éagsúla i dTuaisceart Éireann, ar an bhunús atá leo agus ar na traidisiúin a bhaineann leo. Is féidir an ceacht seo a úsáid in Eochairchéim 2 do theagasc ranga uile agus grúpa agus d’obair aonair.

Published by: C2k
Climate Change

The Climate Change resource encourages young people to investigate, communicate and act to tackle climate change.  The resource features the latest international research and essential information, details of climate research in Scotland, and photographs from around the world for use in Scottish schools.


Published by: Glow

The Digital Storytelling site is a place where learners can publish video and animations. It is similar to YouTube. However, all videos and animations and any comments added to published materials are viewed by an administrator before publication thus ensuring that the site is free  from inappropriate material.


Published by: E2BN
Copyright website

NEN launches a new website for schools 'Copyright in the Digital Age'

NEN has launched a new website and guidance on 'Copyright in the Digital Age' to support UK 
Schools are increasingly using digital resources and applications, not just as users of other people's materials but also as creators of new materials and applications.
Copyright has a significant role across the curriculum and in schools' wider community activities:
  • While we are all used to copyright as users or consumers we can often be unsure what is 'OK' for education use and what is not
  • Digital technologies, in particular schools' VLE, IWB systems and websites, have brought to the foreground the 'reuse' of other people's copyright materials
  • The extension of the virtual school to include the home and anywhere/anytime access through mobile devices is today as much a copyright consideration as the school location itself
  • Schools are also in effect publishers and distributors of copyright materials, as schools increasingly use networks, 'cloud services' and activities such as 'podcasting'
  • Copyright is an aspect of E-Safety
  • And last, but far from least, 'copyright' for creators - an aspect that is highlighted by the widespread use of websites, cams and imaging devices, teacher and student produced presentations and resources and will be significant in the new ICT curriculums with their increasing focus on developing 'code' 
'Copy Rights and Wrongs' brings together information about copyright and licensing from a school's point of view with introductions to the UK regulations, school licences, open licences such as 'Creative Commons', and how they work for schools and young people. 
There are also sections on 'Good Practice' covering: School Policy, Training and CPD, Risk Management and annotated lists of other resources relevant to UK schools and what colleagues in Europe and other countries are doing. There is also a case study on how 'Wikipedia' manages copyright. 
Early feedback regarding this resource appreciated the detailed introductions but requested some kind of 'speedy intro' to it all, so 'Quickstart' was provided - though even here 'Copyright' remains somewhat complex as the rules differ media to media and with each different situation that pupils and teachers engage in day to day, in and beyond school. FAQs and Quizzes in the main sections provide alternative routes into the issues of copyright. 
There is also a 'Student View' of copyright which considers the issues in terms of specific media - websites, images, film, music, etc. - and provides another way into the subject. 
'News and Updates' feature on the homepage keeps schools abreast of the developments in UK copyright - and there are likely to be some significant changes in the next year or two. Since the Gowers Review of Copyright in 2006, NEN has responded to consultations about copyright providing a voice for schools and is currently preparing its response to the final consultation following the recent Hargreaves Review of last year. 
Further materials and case studies will be introduced in the coming months.
'Copy Rights and Wrongs’:  
NEN 'View of Copyright' and the 'Copy Rights and Wrongs' project:  
Contact: Marshall Mateer:
12th January 2012


Published by: NEN
Crime in Durham, 1750-1900

Using examples from Durham, this resource looks at the nature of crime, the purpose of punishment and the work of prison reformers.

Published by: Northern Grid
Debating in Schools

 The aim of this resource is to encourage all young people and teachers to engage actively with debating.

This resource will help teachers to:

  • use speech and debate techniques in the classroom
  • set up debating societies within schools
  • get involved in competitive debating.

Debate can play a significant part in a schools' citizenship activities. It is a unique way of promoting critical thinking, communication, research and enquiry skills.


Published by: Glow
Discovery Box

This site provides the tools for you to build up an argument or description of an event, person or historical period by placing items in a virtual box. What items, for example, would you put in a box to describe your life; the life of a Victorian Servant or Roman soldier; or to show that slavery was wrong and unnecessary? You can display anything from a text file to a movie. You can also view and comment on the museum boxes submitted by others.

Published by: E2BN
Does the Middle Passage deserve its awful reputati

The Middle Passage has been described as ‘agonising and insufferable’. This resource uses a range of sources to establish how the veracity of this statement. 


Published by: Northern Grid
E-CO2 Home

A fun way to control an Eco home and make decisions to cut energy costs and carbon emissions to help reduce climate change. Spreadsheet modelling in the background allows you to learn to use spreadsheets to control the house.

Published by: WMNET
Published by: E2BN

The Outbreak of WW2! This interactive resource asks you “what would you take with you if you were evacuated?”.

Published by: Northern Grid
Everyone Matters

Some people are gay......get over it!

Everyone Matters has been produced to raise awareness of the problems of homophobic bullying in schools. Developed in partnership with the Metropolitan Police and Wandsworth and Waltham Forest local authorities, these resources feature role play scenarios to challenge both students and teachers to reflect on their own attitudes to this form of bullying.

The resource features:

  • Role play scenarios dramatised and filmed in Wandsworth schools
  • Teacher guidance videos featuring teachers and students exploring the material Leytonstone Business College in Waltham Forest
  • Supporting workshop material including testimony from a family of a murdered teenager

The Everyone Matters resources can be used across the curriculum in a variety of contexts, as is suggested within the guidance documents.


Bullying can be an emotive subject. It is important to consider strategies for engaging all learners in the work safely and without loss of focus. The Everyone Matters materials are supported by teaching and learning resources designed to engage all classes in the learning process.

This level of support it provided to encourage all teachers to use the Everyone Matters within their own teaching context.


Each of the activities in the lesson is supported by generic teaching guidance for different types of activities that can be used to structure and develop student activities.

Published by: LGFL
FARNE - Folk Archive Resource North East

Resources produced by Northern Grid to support the Folk Archive Resource North East music archive.

Published by: Northern Grid

FlashMeeting is an application based on the Adobe Flash 'plug in' and Flash Media Server. Running in a standard web browser window, it allows a dispersed group of people to meet from anywhere in the world with an internet connection. Typically a meeting is pre-booked by a registered user and a url, containing a unique password for the meeting, is returned by the FlashMeeting server. The 'booker' passes this on to the people they wish to participate, who simply click on the link to enter into the meeting at the arranged time.

During the meeting one person speaks (i.e. broadcasts) at a time. Other people can simultaneously contribute using text chat, the whiteboard, or emoticons etc. while waiting for their turn to speak. This way the meeting is ordered, controlled and easy to follow. A replay of the meeting is instantly available, to those with the 'unique' replay url.

FlashMeeting users belong to one of three account types; Guest, Sign In and Booker.

Published by: E2BN
Floods – Is climate change the cause?

Enquiry-based learning to explore flooding and its links with climate change. Pupils consider different opinions, possible solutions and the decision making process supported by video clips, photographs, and web links. Supporting notes for teachers included.

Published by: WMNET
Gaelic On-line Gàidhlig Air-loidhne

Gàidhlig Air-loidhne is a website for Gaelic teachers. Because it is aimed at the Gaelic community, there is no English version of the site. However, we recognise that non-Gaelic-speaking Head Teachers and others have an interest in Gaelic education. Therefore, a section of the site provides summaries of the main site and a small selection of dedicated pages designed for those people who are connected to Gaelic education but do not have a strong command of the language.

Published by: Glow
Grace Darling - the famous Victorian heroine

You are able to watch the animated story of Grace Darling and see how she rescued the crew men from the steamer SS Forfarshire near the shores of Northumberland.



Published by: Northern Grid
Grace Darling Museum Teachers’ Pack

A comprehensive education pack featuring pre and post visit (to the Grace Darling Museum) lesson plans with accompanying resources, worksheets for use at the museum and all necessary visit information for teachers.

Published by: Northern Grid
Grace Darling Story - Read and Printout


Here you are able to read and print the story of Grace Darling's famous rescue.


Published by: Northern Grid
Higher Order Thinking Skills

Online activities on the theme of Riverside Regeneration, including an overview of Higher Order Thinking Skills.

Published by: Northern Grid
History Heroes

You won't find Batman here, nor the Incredible Hulk. But you'll find people who really did exist - people who made their mark on history.

But what sort of people were they? Did they have incredible powers, like Batman and Superman? Or were they more like you and me?

Find out about Alan Turin, Elizabeth Fry, Nelson, Cromwell and others and decide for your self whether they deserve to be call 'hero'.

Published by: E2BN
Hole Lot of Fuss

This resource is a multi-disciplinary activity intended, to aid the transition from primary to secondary school. By taking a topic which requires the application of different subject knowledge to achieve understanding and a group approach for successful delivery.

Published by: Northern Grid
How did so many Africans become slaves?

Using printed and manuscript material dating from the 18th and 19th centuries, this resource looks at the ways by which Africans were enslaved and the reasons for that enslavement.

Published by: Northern Grid

Explore Imagine, a website showcasing 15,000 images of objects and paintings celebrating North East culture.

Published by: Northern Grid
Important jobs in the community

This whiteboard explores the roles of important community services. Can be used at Key Stage 2 for whole class, group and individual work.

Published by: C2k
Interactive Whiteboard resources for the study of

A downloadable series of resources considering different aspects of the transatlantic slave trade that have been designed for use on SmartBoards.

Published by: Northern Grid
John Ruskin: Seeing Clearly

Cross-curricular resource featuring the Ruskin Foundation's superb comic book treatments of one of the most influencial of 19th century writers. Also contains a fascinating insight into his artistic techniques and video footage of Paul O'Keefe's celebrated portrayal of Ruskin.

Published by: CLEO
Key Stage 1-3 Teaching Resources


In addition to lesson plans for teachers of Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 there is a range of whiteboard activities for each Key Stage which are regularly expanded.


Published by: Northern Grid
Learning about Learning

Helping young people to become successful learners is one of the key aims of Curriculum for Excellence in Scotland.

Our knowledge about learning is continually changing in the light of research and there is still much that we do not know. This site provides an overview of current thinking on how people learn. 

Published by: Glow
Let's celebrate

This whiteboard explores the origins and traditions of festivals associated with different communities in Northern Ireland. Can be used at Key Stage 2 for whole class, group and individual work.

Published by: C2k

Making the News 2 (MTN2) is a website designed to introduce students to the world of online media publishing and broadcasting for the 21st century. Teachers may register, doing so will create a homepage on MTN for their school. The teacher may then create student accounts.

Students can then login and create articles and programmes which will be submitted to the teacher and if approved published on the school homepage. Well rated articles will be added to the National MTN2 site.

Articles may be text and images or they may be video, audio or a sequence of images.


Students can use any media editing tools you wish to create and upload video/audio articles, or use the tools embedded in the MTN2 website.


This is an E2BN project that has been jointly funded by: CLEO, EMBC, LGfL, NorthernGrid, SEGfL, SWGfL, and YHGfL. Teachers at schools in these RBCs may become registered users without charge. Teachers in schools in other RBCs, in schools outside the NEN, private and overseas maybe subject to a subscripton fee of £250 per school per year.

Published by: E2BN

Memorynet is a collection of oral histories, photographs and images exploring the lives of communities linked with the sea in the North East of England.


Published by: Northern Grid
Memorynet: Jewish Lives

Explore this collection of oral histories, photographs and images from a number of people from the Jewish community in Tyne & Wear today.

Published by: Northern Grid
Memorynet: Swan Hunter

Memorynet: Swan Hunter is a collection of oral histories, photographs and images exploring the lives of people working and living near the iconic Swan Hunter shipyard, based in Wallsend in the North East of England.

Published by: Northern Grid
NEN Gallery

A collection of high quality images, sound and video files that can be repurposed by teachers and students. All materials can be used for educational, not for profit activities.

Registered users can also upload images, sound and video files to the Gallery for use by other members of the educational community.

Published by: E2BN

C Day Lewis' 1936 poem read over contemporary newsreel footage.

Produced to show the potential of the Pathe archive to support understanding of the interplay between 20th century arts and news-media. Also provides insight into public attitudes during the build up to WWII.

Contains a useful article on copyright issues.

Published by: CLEO
Picture Teller

This tool allows you to use your own pictures and audio to build a presentation or demonstration. A simple zoom tool allows you to focus in on the items in a picture you are talking about, as you outline information you can zoom and pan around an image.

Published by: E2BN
Poist thábhachtacha i mo phobal

Sa cheacht seo ar chlár bán déantar fiosrú ar sheirbhísí tábhachtacha pobail. Is féidir an ceacht seo a úsáid in Eochairchéim 2 do theagasc ranga uile agus grúpa agus d’obair aonair.

Published by: C2k
Promoting Intercultural Awareness

“Knowing me, Knowing You!” Folk Tales from Britain and Nepal Healthy Living

An Intercultural awareness project involving Key Stage 2 pupils from two very different schools in the south of Kent. Dymchurch Primary has mostly white and British pupls, in contrast the pupils at Guston Primary 26km away where the pupils are mostly the sons and daughters of Nepalese service men and women from a nearby army barracks. Most speak very little or no English when they arrive in the United Kingdom.

The project was an opportunity for pupils from Dymchurch and Guston to use ICT to share information about themselves and their different cultures. Funded by the SEGFL and supported by the Kent “Hands on Support” programme pupils from both schools used ICT to:

• Regularly web conference
• Create multimedia presentations
• Publish video and audio files
• Send messages
• Comment on each others work

To support the project both schools received six ASUS minibooks provided as an evaluation exercise by the SEGFL.

Published by: SEGFL
Remembering Slavery

An online exhibition of sources looking at different aspects of the transatlantic slave trade.

Published by: Northern Grid
Risk and Rewards

What do you know about the world of high finance? How good would you be as an investor?

Using actual sources from the Baring archive, this site opens up the world of finance past and present.

Published by: E2BN
Royalty-free Illustrations and Photographs

These illustrations and photographs are free for any kind of educational use - whether you are a teacher creating topic worksheets or looking for ideas to spark creative writing, or a pupil who needs illustrations for a presentation or website.

You can download them, print them off or use them online.



A mixture of drawings, photos and images of the world around us. The collection includes pictures of seasons, landscapes and natural habitats. Other images concentrate on man-made environments including buildings and famous landmarks.


Animals and birds

Animals are always a winner! We have images (including some photos) of wild animals and birds from Britain and abroad, pets, farm animals, dinosaurs, prehistoric creatures and minibeasts.



A wide variety of images of people, from illustrations of babies, children's faces showing different emotions and people working in a variety of jobs, to anatomical drawings of the human body and fine art portraits. 



Many coloured and black and white illustrations of people in the past - Egyptians, Celts, Picts, Vikings, Greeks, Romans and medieval Scots as well as scenes from the two World Wars. Also have a look at the visual primary sources, such as 19th-century photos, medieval manuscripts, and portraits since 1780.


Art, music and literature

Great images of Scottish fine art from the Royal Scottish Academy and illustrations of musical instruments are available to download here, as well as information on how to use pictures and text from a beautiful medieval manuscript.


Leisure time

Activities and items for leisure - from musical instruments to cultural events, children interacting, photos of foreign holidays and paintings of holiday-makers in earlier times.


The prehistoric world

Scenes, people and animals from the prehistoric world including crannogs, standing stones, woolly mammoths and sabre-toothed cats.


Food and drink

Illustrations, photos and paintings of food and drink - some healthy and some not so healthy! Plus photos of restaurants and pictures of birthday cakes.


Language and numbers

Resources for helping pupils to develop language and number skills, including modern foreign languages. The images include colourful pictures of numbers, safety signs, notices for the classroom and photos from continental Europe which feature signs and notices in French and German.



Coloured and black and white illustrations of clothes, including children's shoes, different outfits for different types of weather and working clothes and uniforms such as those worn by police officers and firefighters. 



Photos and drawings of different types of transport, from around the world. Fancy taking the camel to school?



Ensure the digital natives are up to speed with today's technology from video cameras to tablet PCs, with these coloured and outline illustrations of gadgets and equipment.

Published by: Glow
Schools Global Footprint

The Schools' Global Footprint resource helps pupils to understand the environmental effect individuals and schools have on the planet and how to reduce this impact. It includes a Global footprint calculator for learners with introductory information on the six aspects of energy, transport, food, water, buildings and waste, and Resources for teachers with practical, curriculum-based teaching and learning ideas, designed for primary and secondary schools.

Published by: Glow
Scotland and the Abolition of Slavery

This learning resource has been developed to mark the bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade. The website has information on Scotland's role in the transatlantic slave trade, on the abolitionist campaign and its legacy, ideas for religious observance assemblies and links to other key resources, including events and exhibitions across Scotland.


Published by: Glow
Seed To Saw

Designed to demonstrate how schools can use the forestry and timber industries within their curriculum, illustrating how pupils can learn the sequence of sowing, growing, harvesting and processing wood - literally from 'Seed to Saw'.

Published by: Northern Grid
Study Skills

Activities for becoming an effective learner and managing your own learning. The site is divided into three age groups: 5-9, 10-14 and 15-18-year-olds; and four headings - Get, Understand, Remember and Do. Includes notes for teachers, parents/carers and students.

Published by: Glow

Every soldier receives vehicle recognition training as it is vitally important that they are able to identify their own and enemy vehicles. Do you have an eye for detail? Could you identify military vehicles? This exciting resource puts you to the test!

Published by: Northern Grid
Taste of the world

This whiteboard helps children to explore the foods associated with different cultures and communities in Northern Ireland. Can be used at Key Stage 2 for whole class, group and individual work.

Published by: C2k
The Abolition Project

This site looks at Thomas Clarkson and his fellow abolitionists who fought for the ending of the Transatlantic Slave Trade and the emancipation of enslaved Africans in the British colonies.

This site has been designed to provide background information, lesson ideas and tools for teachers, but could also be used by pupils for research with support.

Published by: E2BN
The Grace Darling Factfile

Read all about Grace and how she became famous.


Published by: Northern Grid
The struggle to end slavery

Find out what people who supported slavery thought and what motivated the anti-slavery campaigners to agitate for an end to slavery in the 19th century.

Published by: Northern Grid
Thinking Through Climate Change

Supports 7-14 year olds’ enquiry into climate change.  It is designed by teachers to make the most of e-learning  and to support independent and group enquiry into this complex global issue.

Published by: WMNET
Unlocking Archives Broadband Project

An exciting broadband project, launched at BETT 2008, combining documents from The National Archives, photographs from English Heritage and film from BFI to provide teachers with original source material to develop creative approaches to the History and Citizenship curriculum. Pupils of all ages will be able to engage with original sources using correct historical methods. The resources have not been mediated, abridged or edited in any way.

Published by: SEGFL
Victorian Crime and Punishment

This website is all about Crime and Punishment in the UK in the 19th Century. It contains a database with actual prisoner records and case studies for a more in-depth view of the crimes and trials of some of the inmates.

Published by: E2BN
War Witness

War witness is a new and developing project that aims to provide a rich repository of digital resources including images, video and eye witness accounts from World War 2 and more recent conflicts.

Published by: E2BN
What are my rights?

This whiteboard helps children to understand the concept of human rights and learn about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. It also explores how responsibilities are linked to rights. Can be used at Key Stage 2 for whole class, group and individual work.

Published by: C2k
What was slave life like?


This resource considers the life of slaves and asks whether Booker T Washington's description of life as "miserable, desolate and discouraging" is accurate.


Published by: Northern Grid
Who decides?

This whiteboard helps children to explore the powers and responsibilities of local councils, the Northern Ireland Assembly and the Houses of Parliament. Can be used at Key Stage 2 for whole class, group and individual work

Published by: C2k
Who runs our school?

This whiteboard provides an introduction to the topic of school councils. It explores some of the issues that are important to sort out when introducing a school council or preparing for class elections. Can be used at Key Stage 2 for whole class, group and individual work.

Published by: C2k
World Wars Resources

Index of resources from the RBCs to support work on World War 1 and 2.

Published by: Northern Grid

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