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Across the Board - Nine Men’s Morris

Play Nine Men’s Morris! Board games were very popular with the Romans. We know this from archaeological finds from all over the Roman World. Nearly every Roman site in Britain has provided evidence in the form of counters and boards. Hadrian's Wall is no exception and a fine example of a board and pieces found at Segedunum can be seen displayed in the Roman Gallery.

Published by: Northern Grid
Across the Board - Senet

Play the ancient game of Senet! Board games were very common in ancient Egypt and people from all levels of society played them. Many game boards from ancient Egypt have been found by archaeologists. However, the rules explaining how to play these games have not survived. By studying game boards and other evidence, experts have made some educated guesses about how these games were played.

Published by: Northern Grid
Across the Board - The Royal Game of Ur

Play the Royal Game of Ur! Board games were popular in Mesopotamia. Different types of boards and game pieces have been found by archaeologists. The remains of this board were found by Leonard Woolley in a grave at Ur.

Published by: Northern Grid
All Aboard

Interactive resource. You’re a train driver and the Steam Age is well under way. To succeed you must get the train to the station as fast as possible by answering train related questions.  

Published by: Northern Grid
Art Online

A resource showing you all of the art collections in the Laing Art Gallery and Shipley Art Gallery.

Published by: Northern Grid
Assessing Primary ICT

CEA@Islington Primary ICT Assessment Portfolio on the London Grid for Learning


These downloadable resources show top, middle and bottom levelled examples of pupils' work for each unit of the ICT scheme of work


This set of documents may be copied and adapted for non-profit, educational purposes, providing CEA@islington copyright is acknowledged




Published by: LGFL
Audio Network

The Audio Network Education Licence has been developed to provide Schools with world-class music recordings over the National Education Network and the UK's national education broadband networks.  It is hosted at London Grid for Learning and delivered to schools throughout the UK over the NEN.

Schools have FREE access to the same high-quality music resource that is used by professional film, television and media producers. Just right for ICT and digital video projects across the curriculum. Works for Primary, Secondary and FE. Ideal for vocational courses and developing a sense of the world of work.

The service enables the FREE download of Audio Network music files for use in school and college projects including ‘synchronisation’ use in audio-visual productions together with general guidance on music copyright.

Summary of benefits

Ease of use: digital and on-line over the education broadband networks. Standard file type.
Free: school and connected college users do not have to pay.
Choice: huge range of types of music.
Quality: industry quality recordings.
Clean: no viruses...non pop-up advertising.
Legal: all rights cleared for education use in school/college.
Creative Licence: resources can be used creatively.
Restrictions: can’t be distributed or performed outside school/college or on the WWW without additional licences...but...
Additional licences: provide a one-step process for public performance/distribution.
Curriculum relevance: meets the needs of e-learning and 'Harnessing the Technology' and supports many areas of the curriculum in Primary, Secondary, Further and Higher Education.
Examinations: meets requriements of examinations and the new generation of e-assessment.
World of work: uses industry procedures and supports of vocational courses.





Published by: NEN
Audio Network in the Classroom

Teachers from all Key Stages in Hounslow schools have developed a series of exemplar lessons on using Audio Network across the curriculum - not only Music but also Literacy, Personal and Social Education and ICT, as well as looking at the use of AN files for classroom and behaviour management.

Videos, worksheets and lots of good creative ideas

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
Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood


A national, interactive history resource to deliver the KS1 History topic on 'Toys' in an interesting and engaging way

Visit and explore a virtual version of the National Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green.

Lots of online activities to support individual and whole class work.


Published by: LGFL
Big Day Out

This resource provides 15 ICT modeling, control and simulation activities set throughout the South West. Each activity is designed primarily for Key Stage One pupils, and presents a scientific, mathematical geographical challenge for investigation or exploration, ranging from building a sandcastle to flying a hot air balloon. Across the National Education Network, pupils will be able to carry out all the activities in ‘postcard mode’; completing 4 to fill a postcard which can then be sent to an email address.

Published by: SWGFL
Chopwell Wood Heritage Trail

Northern Grid for Learning, in partnership with the Friends of Chopwell Wood, has developed a new interactive educational resource for KS2/3. This features 18 locations around the Heritage Lottery funded forest trail.

Educational questions, activities and projects that supplement the interactive activities, cover aspects of Numeracy, Literacy, History, Geography, Science, Design Technology and ICT curriculum areas.

Published by: Northern Grid

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
Data Handling
A resource which presents how to sort, search, graph and create a database.

All the units follow the same pattern e.g. searching:
  • Teacher notes
  • Starter activity - an animation which shows what searching means.
  • Session 1 - interactive activities which give the pupils an opportunity to see if they have understood what was presented in the Starter Activity.
  • Session 2 - An introduction to a computer simulation. The animation presents how to search with data handling software.
  • Plenary - interactive activities that give the pupils an opportunity to see if they have understood what was presented in Session 2.
Published by: NGfL Cymru
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
Dover Boat Project

The “Dover Bronze Age Boat Project” was a five week writing project involving a hundred Key Stage 2 Kent pupils. It provided pupils with the opportunity to use new technologies and digital resources to improve their writing skills. Set the challenge to write about the world famous “Bronze Age Boat” the project report examines how effectively the pupils used web conferencing, blogging and other ICT resources to inform their planning and later to edit their work.


To assess the impact of new technologies, the pupils’ comments will be of interest to all primary teachers who strive to use ICT to plan meaningful writing activities for young learners. Almost all the pupils believed that the web conference sessions helped them to plan their stories and half felt that the voice recorders were of benefit, whilst less than a third commented so positively about the blog.


To view the pupils’ work, more analysis of their comments, and all the project resources click on the link below

Published by: SEGFL
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
E-Safely Pupil Video

Pupils from a school in Redcar and Cleveland know all about the opportunities the Internet provides. They also know about the risks.

The pupils, aged from 6-8 years old, worked with their class teacher and Creative Partnerships to produce this powerful message about how to stay safe online.

Please note that this video can only be viewed from a connection on the National Education Network


Published by: Northern Grid

Indexed resources, help and advice for pupils, parents and carers, governors, schools and local authorities covering a wide range of esafety issues.

Published by: Northern Grid
E-Security: A Practitioner's Toolkit

The security toolkit provides clear and relevant practical advice to schools to ensure the safety of network users and protection for the network itself.  The toolkit addresses those topics that are key to any sound security and risk management strategy. The content will be maintained and updated to ensure that it remains current and reflects the needs of the school sector.

Published by: Northern Grid

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

Published by: Northern Grid
Films for Learning

Films for Learning is a resource for extending and developing film making, supporting children as they reflect on the activity, the filming and their learning. Pupils can comment on each others films and exchange ideas in the forum area. There are teacher support materials and high quality examples of films from learners.

Films for Learning is a project led and moderated by Mark Richardson and Peter Roe from the Thomas Hardye School in Dorchester. The project is supported by Microsoft and it is entirely advert free. It scores highly for e-safety. Mark and Peter also very keen that students are taught the importance of copyright and they give support to those who have added copyrighted commercial music sound tracks. Sign up and join the community.

Search and browse the excellent examples including a student's clip on how to upload. Films for Learning is an excellent way for all teachers and learners develop their curriculum ideas with film making.

Published by: SWGFL

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
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

Gain access to a huge searchable database of rocks, fossils and minerals with Geo Finder.

Published by: Northern Grid
Greek and Roman Myths

Images and objects depicting mythological tales and characters are combined in this module to help children learn about myths and how they are portrayed. Pupils can follow interactive trails guided by Apollo, Cupid, Helen of Troy and Mercury or they can learn about individual works of art in the gallery. This module is ideal for topic work on Greeks or Romans and provides ideas for art and literacy activities and class discussion.

Published by: Northern Grid
Guess What? Archaeology

Archaeology is the study of historic or prehistoric peoples and their culture by excavating and studying their artefacts, inscriptions and remains. This resource will show you different aspects of archaeology. Find out how Archaeologists evaluate the site, the sorts of things they find and how they put pieces together.

Published by: Northern Grid
Guess What? Romans

Many Roman buildings and objects survive to show us what life in the Roman Empire was like. Guess What! is made up of lots of images of objects from Tyne & Wear Museums. You can see many of these objects if you visit Arbeia Roman Fort & Museum and Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths & Museum. Find out more by exploring Guess What!

Published by: Northern Grid
Guess What? Tudors

Kill or Cure? Become a Tudor Doctor! You’re an apprentice to a Tudor doctor named Dr Kyrssope. The Doctor turned a funny colour suddenly this morning- and died! You’ll have to treat his patients! Read the notes about Tudor treatments and ask the patients questions to find the right diagnosis to save them! 

Published by: Northern Grid
Guess What? Victorians

Many objects and their stories survive to show us what life was like during World War II. Guess What! is made up of lots of images of objects from Tyne & Wear Museums. You can see many of these objects if you visit Discovery Museum and Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens. Find out more by exploring Guess What!

Published by: Northern Grid
Guess What? World War 2

Many objects and their stories survive to show us what life was like during World War II. Guess What! is made up of lots of images of objects from Tyne & Wear Museums. You can see many of these objects if you visit Discovery Museum and Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens. Find out more by exploring Guess What!

Published by: Northern Grid
Heroes of Trafalgar - Nelson and Collingwood

An interactive resource explaining the battle of Trafalgar, fought on 21 October 1805.

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
ICT Assessment

Planning and assessment resources for ICT. Includes: an electronic portfolio, scheme of work, assessment materials, lesson plans and shorter focussed tasks.

Published by: Northern Grid
Imagine - The 1930s Family

The 1930s were a time of great change for many people in the North East. Find out more about life in the 1930s- housing, education, health, leisure, transport- with this fun interactive!

Published by: Northern Grid
Imagine - The Beach

A fun interactive looking at the history of holidays at the seaside.

Published by: Northern Grid
Imagine - The Jewellery Trail

Find out about the history and design of jewellery with this great interactive.

Published by: Northern Grid
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
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
Making Ganesh


Making Ganesh is a kaleidoscopic cross-curricular exploration of Sumit Sarkar's Arts Council commissioned work at Lantern House International in which he created contemporary 3D images of Hindu deities associated with Lord Siva. Sumit takes the learner through a series of video tutorials in the open-source software, 'Blender' that he used to produce his work. Year 5 pupils retell the story of how Lord Ganesh got his elephant's head, year 7 students question Sumit about his work, a year 8 Hindu student answers Muslim students' questions about her faith and a Hindu community worker explains the role of Lord Ganesh in contemporary Hindu Dharma.

Published by: CLEO

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
Material World

A number of themes look at the different types of materials used to create the objects held in the 5 museum collections. The module will enable pupils to discover the processes artists went through to turn raw materials into priceless works of art and find out where the artists sourced these materials from. Pupils will be able to explore materials and their properties through exciting interactives.

Published by: Northern Grid

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

Roman Design meets Tetris!

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
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
Populisation and urbanisation: the impact of the i

This investigation focuses on the development of a small town in Co. Durham to demonstrate the impact of industrialisation in the 19th century

Published by: Northern Grid
Portraits and Portraiture

This module contains in-depth information about portraits and key figures in the world of portrait painting. Portraiture is discussed through themes, such as Pose, Expression, Clothing and Materials, and large printable images are available of all portraits featured on the site. Children can enjoy learning about portraiture through stimulating and thought-provoking interactive activities.

Published by: Northern Grid
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
Rich and Poor in Tudor Times



Find out more about the lives of the Tudors using a range of inventories from the period. 




Published by: Northern Grid
Roman Design

This is your chance to be a Roman artist! As well as great soldiers, the Romans were also great inventors, craftsmen and artists. In Arbeia’s re-constructed Commanding Officer’s house, murals must have been painted on the walls, similar to those that important Romans would have used to decorate their home.

Published by: Northern Grid
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
SEN Switcher

A suite of programs designed to help teach early ICT skills to people with profound and multiple learning difficulties, those who need to develop skills with assistive input devices and very young children new to computers.

Published by: Northern Grid
Sir Francis Drake and the circumnavigation of the

Using original source material this investigation asks you to decide whether Drake’s journey was one of plunder or discovery?

Published by: Northern Grid
Storybook Web

This website contains a captivating collection of activities for children aged 5-8 years. The site is based on popular children's stories by authors Scoular Anderson, Debi Gliori, Mairi Hedderwick and Frank Rodgers.

Published by: Glow
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

Imagine a search engine designed for KS2 children… What would it look like? It would be easy to use, allow safe internet searches and filter inappropriate results to give KS2 relevant, child-friendly online resources, helping children to find valuable sites with an appropriate educational focus. It would also ensure that children don’t interpret the search as ‘boring’ or ‘restrictive’. It becomes in short an ideal place from which children can explore the web.

Published by: SWGFL

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
The EYE Project

Find out about wildlife in the North East and record your own sightings online! The EYE Project enables people to play an active role in recording wildlife and landscapes in the North East.

Published by: Northern Grid
The Grace Darling Factfile

Read all about Grace and how she became famous.


Published by: Northern Grid
The History of Computing: Understanding Our Digita

The aim of The History of Computing resource is to promote the idea that by understanding our digital heritage we can better understand our digital future.

This resource features unique resources to help understand how British Computing developments have influenced the world we all live in. It also provides an extensive range of material to show how British Innovation in Computing continues impact on our world today and shape all our tomorrows.

Published by: LGFL
The settlement at Roanoke

Based on primary sources this resource asks what went wrong for the earliest settlers in America.

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
Using archives for literacy

A series of downloadable working sheets focusing on Britain in the Second World War that can be used in the teaching of literacy.


Published by: Northern Grid
Virtual Work Experience

Within this resource you can discover and explore a variety of job roles in a range of businesses and other organisations, some of which will be familiar to you and others that you might not be aware of. Virtual Work Experience aims to enhance and support work placements by enabling you to step into different workplaces through a computer, whether in school or at home.

There are six virtual worlds each with a number of job roles for you to explore.

Published by: Glow
Weather stations

The NEN weather stations site, with live and archived online data from weather stations across the country

Published by: LGFL
What impact did technology have on the First World

The First World War witnessed many new technological developments such as the use of aircraft, developments in artillery techniques, changes in methods of communication and the use of gas. This resource looks at these developments and asks what impact they had.

Published by: Northern Grid
What is History?

Designed to act as introduction to the study of history at secondary school, this resource includes sections on timelines, different types of source material, anachronisms and bias.

Published by: Northern Grid
What was Durham like in the past?

This local history study focuses on the Market Place in Durham to show how and why it has changed. 

Published by: Northern Grid
What was it like to fight in the Battle of the Som

Everyone has heard of the Somme but what was it like to take part. Find out more by looking at these differing accounts.

Published by: Northern Grid
What was it really like to fight in the First Worl

Since the 1960s the emphasis has been on the awful conditions, the terrible casualty rates and on the stupidity and cowardice of the 'butchering and bungling' generals. But what was it really like for the men on the Western Front?


Published by: Northern Grid
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
What was trench warfare?

Trench warfare has become synonymous with the First World War but what was it really like and why did it become so predominant? Find out more about the theory and the reality of trench warfare.


Published by: Northern Grid

Xeno (providing on-line learning and support for young people and those caring for them)

Xeno is a co-operative venture for members of SEGfL and Uniservity. We are building a ‘virtual learning community’ of professionals and young people that enables resources to be jointly developed and encourages co-operative learning.

‘Personalised learning’ will put the learner at the centre of provision and give every child access to online tools. Xeno is an online environment that will act as a virtual school for children who are disconnected from normal schooling. Schools and local authorities generally struggle to maintain levels of achievement with these groups and research recommends catch-up support and independent/individual learning opportunities out of school. SEGfL proposes to facilitate the combination of local authority efforts so that resources can be jointly developed or procured, good practice can be shared and children can store and retrieve their work and learning records

Xeno will become a focal point of opportunity for pupils going in and out of mainstream education and an opportunity for local authorities to support their own pupils but also to contribute towards the whole in terms of content, materials and staffing. It will be of particular interest to staff and children in pupil referral units, hospital and home tuition services, young offenders’ institutions, teenage parents’ units, young carers’ organisations, home education organisations and looked after children’s services as it will create a virtual community for these, often isolated, professionals. It could also be used by schools to support pupils that are temporarily excluded.

Through its partnership with Uniservity and using the cLc, Xeno will work closely with the relevant professionals to provide:

• Learning Platform functionality with secure, remote access and online storage.
• Links to a wide range of resources to provide curriculum materials, including the internet.
• Links to schemes of work that can guide students through a variety of curriculum objectives.
• Provision of an e-Portfolio that can be stored, updated and retrieved.
• Personal space for students to store and retrieve their work.
• Interaction with tutors (issue tasks, hand-in work, feedback grades and comments).
• Dialogue with tutors (leave questions and get answers).
• Dialogue with other students (a virtual school community).
• All in a safe, secure, on-line environment.

Published by: SEGFL

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