Details and booking for all our courses can be found here.

Coming along to a course is often the best way to learn. We try to make attending causes as easy as possible for schools by making all course attendance FREE OF CHARGE for schools buying into our service level agreement (otherwise £70 per half day).

We recognise, however, that releasing teachers from classrooms is still costly. For that reason all courses can be adapted and brought to you either as staff meetings or as in-class support where the teacher can learn alongside the children. Please contact us to arrange this.

Herefordshire Digital Leaders Programme – Pupil Conferences – Autumn 2017, all 09:30 – 14:30

  • Monday 16th October – Holmer CE Academy, Hereford
  • Tuesday 17th October – Ashfield Park, Ross-on-Wye – FULLY BOOKED
  • Tuesday 31st October – Ledbury Primary School
  • Thursday 2nd November – Luston Primary School, Leominster
  • Wednesday 15th November – Hampton Dene, Hereford – FULLY BOOKED

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.

The Autumn term 2017 conferences will focus on developing skills to help support Literacy and particularly the Springing of the Page 2 course (see below). We will also be spending some time looking at virtual reality (perhaps the next “big thing” in educational tech. particularly looking at Google Expeditions, Street View and Spotlight Stories.

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



Springing off the Page 2

New series for 2017 (October and November 2017 – dates below)


A joint venture with Steph Austwick. A series of 5 courses (Reception to Y6) running in 2017. 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 will be provided.

Download the course flyer here: SPRINGING OFF THE PAGE 2 Flyer Autumn 2017

Years 5 & 6 – Wed 18th October – The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore – WE Joyce

Years 3 & 4 – Wed 1st November – Hermelin the Detective Mouse – Mini Grey

Year 2 – Thursday 9th November – Giraffes Can’t Dance – Giles Andre & Guy Parker-Rees

Year 1 – Monday 20th November – Dangerous – Tim Warnes 

Year R – Wednesday 29th November – Oi Frog! – Kes Gray & Jim Field 


Online Safety Live (UK Safer Internet Centre)

Wednesday 31st January 2018 – 14:30 – 16:30
Holmer CE Academy, Hereford


Online Safety Live is a programme of events designed and delivered by the UK Safer Internet team exclusively for professionals working with children and young people and they’re completely FREE.

Delivered across the whole of the UK by the South West Grid for Learning, we bring these events locally to you with all the very latest in online safety including the latest issues, the biggest trends and the best resources.

The events are two hours long and cover a broad range of online safety topics, a briefing session in its truest sense. At the end of the event all delegates receive access to an online resource area containing links to all the materials mentioned, signposting to sources of help and support as well as a live copy of the presentation itself.


Primary Computing & Literacy Spring Conference

Date to be arranged – 13:00 – 15:30
Herefordshire Council, Plough Lane, Hereford

coordinatorsconfarThe usual round-up of topical computing news and views with a theme yet to be decided.

Details of the book and agenda to follow.



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.


Teaching coding  with Scratch at KS2

Date to be arranges


  • 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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