There’s a range of bitesize CPD sessions available at the moment, all running online from 3.45 – 430 pm. Each is designed to equip teachers with some of the tools and skills needed to mitigate possible lockdown.

Bitesize, online training: Seesaw – Back to School

Seesaw has been used extensively by most primary schools in Herefordshire as the go-to tool for home learning. Seesaw is about more than home learning though; there are huge benefits to be had from using it effectively in the classroom and opening out the possibilities. In this session we’ll address what you might need to change, and examine the benefits.

Wednesday 9th June 2021 – 3.45 – 4.30 pm

Tuesday 22nd June 2021 – 3.45- 4.30 pm


The courses below are some that have recently  proved popular. Please contact us to express your interest, either in attending a course or if you’d like us to come and provide support for these issues in your school.

Literacy Light – Reading and Tech for teachers

lit lightA suite of six new £50 half-day courses run jointly by Stephanie Austwick and Mark Sanderson, with a focus on READING, reflecting the current Ofsted agenda:

  • Reading aloud with understanding and expression;
  • Reading across the curriculum; 
  • Reading for pleasure and information;
  • Ability to discuss and share own reading

‘Passing on the Passion’ courses will focus on enjoyment and sharing – motivating and engaging readers using technology. Each course will be based around a new picture book and delegates will leave with a copy of the book and a wealth of ideas.

‘How to teach’ courses will focus on developing particular skills across the school. Delegates will leave with a bank of easy-to-implement, practical strategies.


The cost is £50 (+VAT) per person, per course. For every 3 places booked, get 1 place free.

CHANGE OF VENUE: All sessions will take place at Holmer CE Academy, Holmer Road, Hereford

Numbers (and free books) will be limited so please register by Fri 25th Oct.

Download the flyer: Hereford Literacy Light Courses Autumn 2019_

Digital Leaders Programme – Pupil Conferences – Autumn 2019

The focus for the Autumn 2019 pupil conferences will be announced shortly. Dates and venues will be as follows (all run from 9.30 – 2.30):

• Thursday 24th October – Holmer CE Academy
• Wednesday 6th November – Hampton Dene Primary, Hereford
• Friday 8th November – Ashfield Park Primary, Ross-on-Wye
• Thursday 14th November – Cradley CE Primary

cropped-digitalleaderbadges.jpgThe Herefordshire Digital Leaders’ Programme is all about empowering pupils to lead on technology in learning. Conferences for pupil leaders are held on a termly basis. They are always a huge success and so many heads and teachers have told me that the initiative is already having a big impact on computing in their school.

You can see what the children think of the Digital Leaders’ Programme on their blog here

Computing Conference


This is the termly conference aimed at Computing leads in primary schools but open to anyone who wants to come. This term we’ll be looking at getting going with coding for KS2 on iPads with Scratch 3, Some creative Christmas ideas for iPads and an update on Purple Mash.

Springing off the Page

Future dates will be arranged – please contact to express an interest and we’ll keep you informed


A joint venture with Steph Austwick. A series of courses (Reception to Y6) . These sessions follow the terrific success and popularity of the courses in the autumn term of 2016. There will be a new set of books, new approaches and more “hands-on” time devoted to the use of technology. The main focus is on exciting learning activities relating to a picture book (which you will be given). Along the way we’ll also look at some exciting and purposeful uses of tablet technology to motivate and extend learning.

10% discount if three or more places are booked across the suite of courses.£140 +VAT per delegate. For schools subscribing to the Herefordshire Computing Support SLA (Mark Sanderson) – £100. Lunch is provided.

Teaching coding  with Scratch at KS2

Date to be arranged

  • Scratch is still the number one application for programming in the primary school.
  • We’ll take the fear factor away from this application and give you time to complete some projects in a variety of contexts
  • The session is aimed at all KS2 teachers and teaching assistants as it is quite important to have a knowledge of the whole programming environment when working with children.
  • We’ll give you access to the appropriate strands of the Herefordshire Primary Computing Progression which contains links to ready made lessons allowing you to deliver key objectives of the new Computing curriculum.
  • You’ll also use Scratch’s little brother, Scratch Junior which is appropriate for lower KS2 and KS1.

Teaching coding through control for KS2 teachers and TAs

Date to be arranged

  • You’ll learn how to use Data Harvest’s Flowgo kit and LEGO’s exciting WeDo, to deliver the programming requirements of the new Computing and D&T programmes of study.
  • You’ll learn how to use the software to program models which the children can make.
  • We have class sets of kit that you may borrow to use with your children after the event.

Stop frame animation in the primary classroom for  teachers and TAs (PC and iPad)

Date to be arranged

stop frame
  • Just think Wallace and Gromit! There is great potential here to link to Literacy and indeed the whole curriculum whilst developing high level Computing capability.
  • We’ll look at animation using a computer and an iPad (with scope for you to use whichever is more appropriate for you) and tell you all you need to get up and running with your class.
  • NB: We will give you a webcam and a single user licence of ZU3D which you will take away with you (Value £50)

We invite you to bring along two pupil ambassadors to this session to help you back in school (but feel free to come alone).

A film in a day with an iPad (KS1&2)

Date to be arranged

  • An action packed day during which you will make a short film.
  • iMovie on the iPad is an absolute gift to the primary education. Suddenly it’s possible to achieve so much that was very difficult before.
  • You’ll learn about how an understanding of film can help with English and how story writing can be improved when viewed through the lens of a camera
  • The core app you will use will be iMovie but we’ll touch on a range of other apps and techniques, such as green screening, that can be used to enhance your film
  • You’ll leave with the skills to try projects like this with your children and we’ll give you a couple of sets of BFI classroom resources (worth over £100) to take back to school to inspire you.

We invite you to bring along two pupil ambassadors to this session to help you back in school (it works best with children present but feel free to come alone).


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