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Art skills for teachers launched

Simple yet highly effective Art and Craft techniques that non specialist teachers can feel confident at trying in the classroom.

The Art skills for teachers resource is a website that has been created by the Ben Uri Gallery to support the teaching of Art and Design. It is targeted at the non specialist. It aims to offer simple, yet highly effective, ideas and techniques that both teachers and children can feel confident at trying both at school and at home.

The ideas and techniques can be used to create artworks in response to the Ben Uri Teaching Resources produced by the London Grid for Learning: A Sense of Place, Relationships and Movement, however their application can occur across many and varied contexts in the Primary and  Secondary classroom.

A video case study filmed at Richard Cobden school in Camden shows the impact of using the Ben Uri Art resources and explains how the resources can be used in a range of Key Stages.

  • The resource features an image viewer that is designed to allow teachers to move an image around freely on an interactive whiteboard display
  • All the resources are available for .pdf download
  • All pages in the online book interface have unique web addresses so that links from other resources (such as the London MLE) can be created


Visit for more information.

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
Battle of the Somme

Old Vic, New Voices

Under Kevin Spacey’s direction, the Old Vic Education section has employed professional directors, writers and actors to work with pupils and students from South London schools on a variety of projects to encourage them to think about the creative use of drama in other subjects. The first project was a joint collaboration with the Imperial War Museum around the theme of the first day of the battle of the Somme in 1916.

The topics covered include Signing up, Women at Home, Training, the Battle, Back Home and Consequences.

the web-site includes six easy to followlesson plans for 13 to 18 year olds. the emphasis is on using drama techniques to encourage debate. Each lesson plan focuses on key issues relating to the battle of the Somme and contains scenes filmed during the performance. all of the learning materials are designed to encourage teachers to replicate the project as a Drama in History project in their own school.

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
Business growth

A resource to help students understand different ways in which businesses can grow.

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
Climate Change Portal

A one-stop shop for all climate change resources

Published by: WMNET
Consumer protection

A resource to help students identify the legal constraints on products and services.

Published by: C2k
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

A resource to help students understand the  various types of costs which a business incurs and the significance of break-even.

Published by: C2k
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
Describing motion
The activities proposed develop various aspects of motion from very basic concepts and then move to high level concepts in a natural and gradual progression.

The pedagogy behind this idea is that we wanted to create a resource that learners could use at whatever stage of their development and ability. Teachers can download single sessions, but please bear in mind that the resource was designed as a progression through Key Stages and ability.

Whole resource (online version)

  • What is speed? (online version) --> Red
  • Velocity (online version) --> Orange
  • Velocity and Vectors (online version) --> Yellow
  • Acceleration (online version) --> Green
  • Motion Graphs (online version) --> Blue
  • Linear Acceleration (online version) --> Indigo
  • Projectiles (online version) --> Violet
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

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
Economies of scale

A resource to help students understand the concept of economies of scale ie commercial (purchasing and marketing),

Published by: C2k
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
Final accounts

A  resource to help students understand how to complete and interpret:  a trading account;  a profit and loss account; a vertical balance sheet.

Published by: C2k

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
An interactive set of resources to cover most aspects of Forces, Moments and Pressure at all levels of development and ability.

We believe this resource will be a great asset for the teaching of Forces at all levels, from KS3 to KS5. This resource covers a wide range of topics and brings examples, games and interactive activities that really enhance the learning experience of pupils.


- What are forces (online version) --> red section
- Balanced and Unbalanced Forces (online version) --> Orange
- Newton's Laws (online version) --> Yellow
- Types of Forces (online version) --> Green
- Free body diagrams (online version) --> blue
- Pressure (online version) --> Indigo
- Moment of a force (online version) --> Violet

Published by: NGfL Cymru

A resource to help students understand the purpose of forecasting. It also explores the importance of adequate cash

Published by: C2k

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

Published by: Northern Grid
Information Literacy

An online service to support the development of information skills. Students can find resources to help with a range of learning including, using the Internet, recognising the reliability of information, reading the media and visual literacy.

Published by: Glow
International marketing

A resource to help students understand price as part of the marketing mix and the  relationship between price and demand. It also identifies various pricing policies ie market-led, cost-based, skimming, penetration, destruction, price wars.

Published by: C2k
Interpretation of accounts 1

A resource which teaches students how to: interpret and analyse final accounts and vertical balance sheets; assess business performance using ratios.

Published by: C2k
Interpretation of accounts 2

A resource which teaches students how to: interpret and analyse final accounts and vertical balance sheets; assess business performance using ratios.

Published by: C2k
John Hick: Replica Theory

Philosophy of Religion is an increasingly popular option at AS and A2 level and several of Professor John Hick's theories are featured in all exam board syllabuses.

In this module, Professor Hick, now in his 88th year, sets the record straight about his 'Replica Theory' which he considers to be inaccurately represented in some of the textbooks used in teaching the subject.

Apart from its obvious importance to students and teachers of Philosophy of Religion, this module also raises issues of authenticity and accuracy - for example in the internet resources vs textbooks debate.

Published by: CLEO
Learn Listening Online

An interactive resource for teachers and students of National Qualifications in Music to improve their knowledge and listening skills. The resource has a range of examples from baroque, classical vocal and instrumental music through to twentieth century jazz and world music. The website also has an extensive audio dictionary of musical terms

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
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
Minds Under Stress - National Theatre Hamlet reso

The NEN is proud to announce the launch of the brand new 2011 National Theatre production Hamlet teacher resources. LGfL has worked in partnership with the National Theatre to bring these outstanding collection of teacher resources featuring high quality video and interactive whiteboard resources and teacher guidance material.

The resource explores the theme ‘Minds Under Stress’ focusing on five key moments in the play:

1) Act 1 scene 2 – Hamlet’s soliloquy ‘O that this too solid flesh would melt’
2) Act 2 scene 2 – Hamlet’s soliloquy ‘O, what a rogue and peasant slave am I!’
3) Act 3 scene 1 – Hamlet’s soliloquy ‘To be, or not to be – that is the question;’
4) Act 3 scene 1 – Ophelia’s speech ‘O, what a noble mind is here o’erthrown!’
5) Act 4 scene 5 – Ophelia’s mad scene.

The resource is aimed at A-Level students in the UK. It has been constructed to offer a platform for discussion and language analysis for teachers and students exploring Hamlet.

Published by: NEN
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
NEN National Theatre resources from Peter Halls’

The resource offers exclusive performance extracts from the National Theatre’s production of Twelfth Night, directed by Sir Peter Hall.

The National Theatre's Twelfth Night teaching resource has been constructed to offer a platform for discussion and language analysis for teachers and students exploring the recent South Bank production theme of ‘love’ in the play.

This resource is designed to support A-Level English Classes approaching the AQA A2 exam.

Specifically focusing on the AQA Unit 3 ‘Love through the Ages’; all discussion questions primarily focus on this area as well as examining the wider themes of the play as a whole. Questions relate to having an informed response to the text, understanding how form, structure and language shape meaning and understanding the significance of contexts.

LGfL Content Manager Bob Usher said ‘We are delighted to be able to offer this unique resource in partnership with the National Theatre. This resource follows on from the January 2011 launch of the National Theatre Hamlet resource – which hasve seen consistent growing use across London schools in the lead up to the examination season. The simple format, presenting relevant resources with outstanding video excerpts is a winning combination and we look forward to working with the National Theatre to develop further resources for LGfL NEN connected schools.’


Published by: LGFL

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
On Line On Track

OLOT is resources to support excluded 13-17 year olds from various ethnic backgrounds.

The OLOT website brings a wide range of dynamic learning resources appropriate to the needs of the age group, with an emphasis on literacy, numeracy and music. It was developed by 3T in collaboration with the London Grid for Learning

Published by: LGFL
Product life cycle

A resource to help students understand the concept of product life cycle and how this assists a business in its decision-making.

Published by: C2k
Public sector

A resource which explores forms of public ownership and the business orientated activities undertaken by local authorities.

Published by: C2k

GCSE Geography Decision Making Exercise

The LGfL 'RADwaste' project has been created to challenge schools throughout London and across the UK - to engage with the highly complex issues surrounding nuclear waste management in the UK.

The project has been created to provide a challenging mix of online and offline resources for use in and out of the classroom.

The aim is to give students practice in developing their decision making skills for this compulsory section of GCSE Geography

Includes BfL guidance and mock DME paper

Published by: LGFL
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
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
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
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 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 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 Stern Storm

A comprehensive and wide ranging resource for 16+ students based on the Stern Review on the economics of climate change.

Published by: WMNET
The Weather Station

The Weather station application provides a numbered diagram of the NEN weather station to illustrate and describe each component, helping children to understand the elements included in collecting data for weather monitoring.

Published by: YHGFL
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
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

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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