London Connected Learning Centre
London Connected Learning Centre (London CLC) supports schools and other settings in using digital technologies creatively and critically. It provides outstanding curriculum support, technical services and professional development.
The award-winning centre aims to embed technology use into all areas of the curriculum based on the principle that every young person deserves the digital skills and critical mindset to prepare them for life. Its curriculum workshops and CPD programmes are effective, engaging and always based on sound pedagogical research. Its technical team offers expert, independent advice with best value in mind.
London CLC helps senior leaders make informed choices about IT, supports teaching staff to feel confident in using technology and works with school technicians to provide high quality technical services. London CLC works with the whole school community from governors and business managers to pupils and families to help them understand, use, benefit from and enjoy new technologies.
The result is a measurable impact on each school London CLC supports. It is proud to have an exceptional track record of improving teaching and learning with 100% of teachers reporting that pupil learning outcomes improve following attendance at its curriculum support workshops and CPD sessions. A further 96% say that their own teaching practice will improve following attendance at these events (403 teachers surveyed in 17/18 academic year). Teachers also say that not only is London CLC’s CPD beneficial for teachers’ practice and students’ learning, it also gets them excited about computing:
London CLC offers schools the opportunity to work on special projects with corporate and cultural partners such as IBM, TATE and the Southbank Centre. It is the IBM’s delivery partner for the IBM teacher summer schools (which won an award from the Lord Mayor of London) and the IBM Junior Developer Challenge. In 2018 100% of pupils who took part in the IBM Junior Developer Challenge said they had learnt something new from the project, often highlighting personal and social development as well as STEM-related skills: “I have learnt how to programme a robot and work as a team,” said one pupil.
London CLC’s involvement in research projects helps inform its work. It has worked with University College London on its Scratch Maths project and is a partner with Rosendale Research School, one of a network of research schools run by the Education Endowment Foundation. It is also working on Co-Think, a European Union-funded project exploring best practice in teaching computational thinking in an inclusive way.
Committed to quality
The London CLC team is made up of consultants and experts in the teaching of computing. Committed to delivering high quality services, it is part of the Department for Education-sponsored Network of Excellence in Computer Science Teaching and has a Computing at School master teacher on its teaching team. London CLC is also a recognised Apple Regional Training Centre and its technical team has won the NAACE impact award for its services. In January 2019 London CLC was awarded a prestigious Bett award in recognition of its support and service to schools.