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London Grid for Learning promotes new initiatives; DigiSafe, CyberProtect, Let’s Get Digital and Bridge of the Divide, as well as new educational content for KS2 history, English and art
LGfL (LONDON GRID FOR LEARNING) /TRUSTnet
24-27 JANUARY 2018
Featured on stand D260 at Bett 2018, educational not-for-profit the LGfL (London Grid for Learning) will be updating schools on its range of new initiatives to help schools save money, keep children safe online, tackle educational inequality and energise teaching and learning. Those initiatives include; Let’s Get Digital, a scheme to help schools get the most out of technology and incorporating groundbreaking projects with Microsoft and Google; DigiSafe, a centre of excellence for online safety; CyberProtect, founded to protect schools from security threats; SuperCloud which is about helping schools save money through the cost effective harnessing of next generation cloud technologies; SmartBuy, a commitment from LGfL to use its economies of scale to purchase technology and software for schools at a vastly reduced price saving schools money and allowing access to technology that might otherwise be out of financial reach; and Bridge the Divide which is about tackling inequality and supporting those most in need.
The Trust will also be showcasing its new range of educational resources and solutions that includes innovative use of augmented and virtual reality including Sigurd the Dragon, a BETT finalist this year.
Let’s Get Digital
If your school is keen to ‘get digital’ and make the most of its investment in technology, come along to stand D260 to find out more about LGfL’s new Google and Microsoft ‘Cloud Champions’ projects. Both include pilots for up to 50 schools and aim to embed technology in teaching across all areas of the curriculum, improving outcomes for students and equipping them with the skills needed for the modern workplace. Participating schools will also have their connectivity “supercharged” to support cloud access.
Google Cloud Champions will be offered exclusive access to discounted pricing on Google kit (made possible through LGfL group purchasing), Google training and leadership events. Microsoft Cloud Champions will receive all the benefits of the Microsoft Schools programme, supplemented with CPD for senior leaders, three hosted events – two at Microsoft’s London HQ and one at BETT- priority access to the Microsoft Training Academy and the opportunity to share and distribute best practice across London.
LGfL will also be launching its Centre of Excellence for Online Safety. Hosted on the current LGfL website this centre will include resources for teachers on dealing with issues such as sexting, cyberbullying, online radicalisation and social media. LGfL will also continue to enhance its technical platforms, including the procurement of a proactive alerting system for schools and other providers. A major safeguarding conference is planned in the spring bringing together hundreds of schools and leading practitioners to deliver improvement.
Protecting schools from security breaches and inappropriate sharing of data - witnessed in the WannaCry ransomware attack which hit the NHS in May 2017– is also top of the agenda for LGfL. In line with this, LGfL has launched CyberProtect, a new scheme which will see the Trust make significant investment in technology, software and services to protect schools. The programme will also include a new centre of excellence to foster collaboration across schools and share best practice in this increasingly complex area.
Bridge of the Divide
As a charitable Trust, LGfL is committed to supporting advancement for all schools and closing the attainment gap between advantaged and disadvantaged children. In line with this goal, the Trust has created a new SEND/EAL Centre of Excellence allowing information to be shared and disseminated through the LGfL website to an established network of over 800 SENCOs. In addition LGfL is committed to helping schools identify and claim additional funding through its Pupil Premium Checker which helps schools to identify children qualifying for, but not claiming, free schools meals, unlocking valuable additional funding tied to this scheme. In the first two months of the new academic year the pupil eligibility checker identified over £3.7M of potential claims bringing much needed funding for schools.
By virtue of its scale, LGfL has through aggregated procurement the ability to secure significant deals for its 3,000 member schools. Examples of this include LGfL’s purchase of Sophos Intercept X anti-ransomware software which it was able to provide at no additional cost to schools. Over the course of 2017/18, the Trust will look to create a ‘Centre of Excellence’ for procurement to help schools and other customers save money and deliver improved outcomes. LGfL will also work with its partners to deliver support for schools, providing, at a vastly reduced price, both the technology and tools to deliver change in the classroom.
Increasingly schools are looking to benefit from the economies of scale and flexibility offered by the emergence of cloud. LGfL is working with schools to implement new solutions that provide choice, safety and reliability for those schools that are seeking to go server less and move to a new generation of “cloud native” applications that will help schools and children achieve more.
Commenting on the new initiatives John Jackson, CEO, LGfL, said, “LGfL is thrilled to be exhibiting at Bett once again this year and is committed to accelerating the adoption of next generation technology by schools at an affordable price, packaged with the support required to make it happen.”
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