New Schools Portal will ‘go live’ week commencing 2 October 2023!
The new Schools Portal will go live the week beginning 2 October 2023! Over the summer we have been trialling the new Schools Portal with a number of schools. This system will replace the existing Extranet. We are pleased to let you know that we are now able to make the system live for all […]
Open Day at Durham Learning Resources
Durham Learning Resources Transcript.pdf We are inviting you to tour our warehouse and explore our resources for free on Thursday 12 October 2023 at Sevenhills, Spennymoor, DL16 6JB. Find out more about the Open Day. We hope to see you there!
We are finalists in the ASCP UK Safety and Compliance Awards 2023
We are delighted to share the news that we are a finalist in the ASCP UK Safety and Compliance Awards for 2023 for the Safety and Compliance Training and Development Award. A crucial part of managing safety is ensuring that all staff have the knowledge and skills to carry out their role. This award looks to […]
Education Durham – History Conference
Education Durham are pleased to be delivering a History Conference, hosted by Glenn Carter, on 8 June 2023. Tony Bradman will deliver a keynote speech on Engaging children in history through stories. Tony is an award-winning writer and author of many books including Anglo-Saxon Boy and Viking Boy. There will be a mixture of subject […]
National Curriculum and Water Safety Conference
Education Durham are hosting a National Curriculum and Water Safety Conference on Wednesday 7 June 2023! This is a great opportunity to network, listen to engaging keynotes, and take part in workshops delivered by experts, to support school swimming as part of the National Curriculum, improve the quality of lessons, and improve pupil outcomes. The […]
Primary Computing Curriculum Showcase 2023 (COM719)
28 June 2023, 12.30-5.00pm Durham Leadership Centre, Spennymoor, DL16 6YP Education Durham’s second annual computing showcase brings together a variety of expertise showcasing useful technologies and pedagogy to promote best practice in the delivery of the primary computing curriculum. Featuring a variety of workshops and presentations, themes of the 2023 showcase include: delivering computing with […]
Festival of Creativity
Do you want to help your children and young people discover creativity? Do you want to explore ways to bring creativity to life? Do you want to use creativity to promote wellbeing? A week-long event online from 4 July to 8 July 2022 exploring creativity in education through a variety of multi-media, including presentations from […]
What’s new for Apple in Education?
15 June 2022, 9.30am – 11.30am Durham Leadership Centre, Spennymoor, DL16 6YP A leadership briefing for primary school leaders and decision makers about what the latest developments from Apple mean for education. Presentation and hands-on workshop: Explore the impact that the latest developments in Apple technology are having on teaching and learning School story: Hear […]
Learning for a healthy future conference
Save the dates! 28 June 2022 – online 29 June 2022 – Beamish Hall Hotel, Stanley, County Durham, DH9 0YB A range of thought-provoking keynotes, carefully crafted workshops and easily accessible online content will be used to explore the latest research and pedagogical approaches. The conference will enable all schools, settings and institutions to embed […]
ICT Social Value
ICT Social Value video transcript.pdf We believe that social value is an integral part of our contracts and partnerships. This ensures the services we buy and deliver contribute to the long-term health and wellbeing of our local community and the people in it. Along with YPO Procurement, we committed to offering 200 hours of social […]
Understanding Islam for Primary
What does it mean to be a Muslim in Britain today? Understanding Islam – 27 or 28 June 2022 Imran Kotwal from Muslim Learner Services will deliver a day of training exploring the five pillars of Islam: Shahadah (belief in Allah and Prophet Muhammad), Salah (five daily prayers), Zakah (charity), Sawm (fasting in Ramadan) and […]
Taking head teacher wellbeing seriously
Education Durham has responded to calls from head teachers through other forums to try and support the wellbeing of school leaders at this particularly demanding time. This is a matter of national concern, and one Education Durham takes very seriously. So, after half term there will be a number of things starting: a series of […]
Primary Computing Curriculum Showcase 2022
A series of workshops promoting good practice in primary computing and a chance to see what is currently on offer locally and nationally to help in the delivery of primary computing, including training opportunities and resources. Wednesday 15 June 2022 12.30pm to 5.00pm One free place to schools who have a Primary Computing Curriculum SLA […]
Partnership Working with Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust
Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust is a large multi academy trust in the north east of England. The trust currently contains 21 schools in the South Tyneside, Durham and Sunderland area. Under Roman Catholic Diocesan growth plans, the trust will grow to contain 34 schools by July 2022, making it one of the largest multi […]
Spring 2022 Training Programme now available
The Education Durham Spring term professional support and development training programme for schools is now available. To view courses and book places visit our training and events page. You will find courses covering almost all areas of the curriculum and all phases, but in particular we have focussed our offer on key ‘spotlights’ or priorities: […]
Education Durham is a local delivery partner with the Teacher Development Trust
We are excited to be working as a local delivery partner with the Teacher Development Trust; delivering a range of National Professional Qualifications (NPQs). With 7 government-backed qualifications on offer and a 100% pass rate, why don’t you join us to continue your professional learning journey? The NPQs we offer include: Headship (NPQH) Senior Leadership […]
Early Years Foundation Stage hub – a free information source
The new hub is a free information source, designed to support early years leaders and practitioners working in all types of early years settings to implement the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) from September 2021. The hub contains a range of resources such as presentations and useful signposting to important guidance locally and nationally, and […]
New webinar available for secondary leaders and teachers – Building Independent Learners
Education Durham is proud to be working with Carmel Bones Education this Summer term to bring you a fantastic new webinar. ‘Building independent learners’ will provide teachers with solutions to help learners increasingly to see themselves as their own teachers. Carmel Bones works nationally with schools around teaching and learning to achieve short term gains […]
Department for Education (DfE) Recommended Deal – Schools Leasing Framework
Leasing can be a minefield…. knowing which lease to use, whether it’s a good deal or simply whether to lease or not! Our DfE recommended leasing framework is a trusted, compliant solution, specially designed for schools and academies. You can find out more at the link below or contact us at email@example.com.
Above and Beyond
Throughout the pandemic, schools, settings, children and young people have gone ‘Above and Beyond’ with their creativity and innovation. Our Education Durham team are keen to capture some of the creative projects and innovative ways of working that have been demonstrated so well to celebrate and share these county-wide. During World Creativity and Innovation Week […]
Implementing the Early Years reforms a year early – reflections from a headteacher
Joanne Clements, headteacher at Bearpark Primary – an early adopter school ‘There’s never a good time to implement something new, or adopt a change in the way of working, and a global pandemic certainly hasn’t helped us to respond to the reforms in full. However, it has given staff time to think carefully about the […]
Quality Mark online launch for Durham schools
Never has there been a more important time to invest in the quality of teaching basic skills and in celebrating your continued and dedicated support of all pupils in your school. Join us on 20 April 2021 online, to find out how you can and why you should be involved in the new and improved […]
New webinar available for primary leaders and teachers – Apps to bring History to Life!
Education Durham is proud to be working with Glenn Carter to bring you a wealth of different apps that can be used to make the teaching of history more engaging, more visual and more exciting, in this fantastic new webinar. Glenn Carter (History Rocks) is a full time teacher and history coordinator in the North […]
Durham Toolkit: Remote learning in early years
Education Durham are pleased to release the ‘Durham Toolkit: Remote learning in early years’. The toolkit aims to provide Durham schools with: free additional guidance to support practice free useful links in an easily accessible format additional SLA contract support packages For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Great collaboration with author Adam Bushnell to create fabulous digital resources
Durham Learning Resources (DLR) have joined forces with Adam Bushnell to create a number of videos showcasing the DLR resources and how they can be used in class to inspire creative writing as well as encourage discussion and enquiry. These videos can be used with the children to explore a range of artefacts and suggest activities […]
A sad farewell
After over 15 years working within school services as a member of the Shared Engineer team, we say goodbye to Andrew Moore who has left to take up a new role and new challenges. The speed and scope of development of technology used by schools is quite breath-taking and over his tenure Andrew has witnessed […]
Chromebooks… Yey or Ney?
Did you know that ICT School Services can provide and support your school with the buying and set up of Chromebooks? In a world where technology is now part of everyday life, it is important for pupils, and staff, to have access to relevant devices to encourage everybody to be “tech savvy” The following information […]
Are you getting the most from the shared engineer portal?
Call to all school staff – please use our Shared Engineer Portal to log all work requests for your shared engineer – no matter how big or how small. Being web based it offers many advantages. It gives engineers access to work requests before arriving for scheduled visits, provides work request tracking and feedback and […]
Move to remote teaching and learning
Microsoft Teams, gives schools, teachers and parents all the resources you need to move to a remote classroom with confidence. Teams is a digital hub that brings conversations, content, assignments, and apps together in one place, letting teachers create vibrant learning environments. Learning made easy – Students, teachers and staff can seamlessly work together, create […]
Sarah Lee “braves the shave”
I’m sure we can all relate to the horror that comes from a cancer diagnosis, whether it be a friend, family member or yourself, cancer is a terrible disease that we are all very much aware of. As a team, the Macmillan charity is very close to our hearts as some of our close friends, […]
Cloud based MIS solutions
With so many schools choosing to move their MIS solutions to the cloud during Covid-19 we are now offering support for Scholarpack and Arbour, both for which we are fully accredited. The testing times we have recently faced has highlighted the positive impact that a cloud-based MIS can have on the running of your school. […]
New requirement for your website
From January 2021, all maintained schools must show the following information on their school website. How many school employees (if any) have a gross annual salary of £100,000 or more in increments of £10,000 (displayed in a table) A link to the webpage which is dedicated to your school on the schools financial benchmarking service The […]
Pupil accounts for remote teaching and learning
ICT School Services are able to offer a free solution for remote teaching and learning using SIMSID and Microsoft Teams. SIMSID links with SIMS to create pupils accounts in Microsoft 365 for those children who are recorded on SIMS. When new pupils are added to SIMS their account is automatically generated in Microsoft 365. When […]
Changes to the ICT Portal
We have been making some changes to the ICT Self Service Portal to make it a little easier to navigate around and to help us collect what we need to process your enquiry as quickly and efficiently as possible. The ICT Portal is your window into ICT without having to call the Service Desk. Here […]
Coronavirus will not stop us!
Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, our Shared Engineer team have successfully provided a continuous service to our schools. On the announcement of the first national lockdown in March, we immediately adopted new ways of working. Rather than our normal scheduled visits, we provided remote IT support – monitoring and maintaining school ICT networks alongside providing on-demand […]
Chartered Institute of Payroll Provider’s (CIPP) Annual Excellence Awards
At the Chartered Institute of Payroll Provider’s (CIPP) Annual Excellence Awards held 15 October 2020, Durham Payroll Services were shortlisted for the Payroll Provider of the Year Category. Despite not winning the award, we were delighted at being part of this prestigious event at our first attempt. To be recognised by our professional body in […]
Using Microsoft Teams for remote teaching and learning
During the school closures, a number of schools have taken up the offer of Class Teams and pupil accounts from ICT School Services. In doing so they’ve been able to stay in contact with their pupils, issue work and deliver online lessons and contact sessions using one platform. As well as the virtual meeting capabilities, […]
Digital Skills for Growth
Are you looking to strengthen your digital skills? Digital skills have been our strength during the pandemic and now more than ever, everyone needs to make sure they have the right skills and knowledge to be able to use them. Digital Skills for Growth, which is run by Teesside University, can help. They deliver short […]
Partnership with County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service Continues
Our Cleaning Section are pleased to announce that following a rigorous tender process, we have been awarded the County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service, Building Cleaning Contract. The contract will formally commence on 1 September 2020 and runs for an initial period of three years with options to extend by a further 6 […]
Join us on Twitter
We are very pleased and excited to tell you about our new Twitter feed. It is specifically for schools, academies and other public sector bodies. You will find updates, information and news on a whole host of topics including ICT, building maintenance, procurement, Ofsted, training, events and so much more. Follow us on Twitter.
Our new procurement catalogue is now live!
We have listened to feedback on the previous electronic catalogue and have introduced a new, user-friendly format that will benefit all users. What’s changed? Customers now have full access to a comprehensive list of contracts available to schools To make it easier to understand our contracts we have introduced a range of images to provide […]