ICT4C discovers just how much more schools will have to collaborate for curriculum reform
ICT4C panelThe ICT4C expert panel: facing the same issues as schools“There are more questions than answers” sang reggae star Johnny Nash. It could have been the theme tune for “Assessing - the way forward”, the conference staged in Leeds by the regional education support group ICT4C for school leaders and advisers across Yorkshire and Humberside
Not only are schools facing the uncertainties of a new curriculum in September – the 14 secondary schools in Hull have only two teachers between them who can teach the Computer Science element of the new Computing curriculum – but baselines do not yet even exist in some areas to help with assessment.

The OCR exam board withdraws controlled assessment from Computing students, reveals Tony Parkin
OCR letter screenIn a major blow to thousands of students taking the OCR's Computing GCSE, the exam board has withdrawn the controlled assessment task for June 2015 that many of them have already completed – and in some cases have already submitted.

In a letter (right) to all teachers of "J275 GCSE Computing", OCR state that J275 GCSE Computing:Units A452 and A453 Controlled assessment are scheduled for immediate withdrawal, citing evidence of online malpractice.

Bassaleg School, in Newport, knows the importance of digital leadership for improving learning
Bassaleg digital leadersBassaleg digital leaders Sonny Singh and Lana PictonBringing transformational curriculum change and a beta (pilot) element of Wales' digital education network, Hwb, to a school with 1,750 pupils, 100 teachers and 50 support staff is a major challenge. 

It doesn't have to be a military-style operation however. There are organic options. And that's why Bassaleg School, in Newport, south east Wales, put in place a network of teacher PLCs (professional learning communities) and digital leaders to tie in with learner groups to change the teaching and learning and support the introduction of Hwb+, the private and secure part of Hwb.

Ysgol Y Moelwyn finds that smart networking can put students in the driving seat of their learning
Ysgol Y MoelwynElfyn Anwyl (left) with fellow digital leaders Eleri Moss and Gruff HumphreysElfyn Anwyl set his Year 9s at Ysgol Y Moelwyn, Blaenau Ffestiniog, the brief for their fresh 100 Word Challenge and watched as they created new pages in Hwb+ for themselves and settled into the work. The only talk came as they answered each other's questions. 

Their ICT teacher was free to move to a nearby PC and review their creations in the blog facility of Hwb+, sometimes raising general points with them verbally, sparked by what he had seen, and reminding them to review and comment on at least three pieces of work once their own were complete and had been posted. 

Barry was a hub for the industrial revolution – now it's a 'Hwb' for learning
Cadoxton Primary SchoolCadoxton Primary: a traditional building housing radical learningGroups of Year 6 children in the LEGO Innovation Studio were engrossed in creating their LEGO machines. Sitting cross-legged on the floor, the only sounds they were making, apart from a general creative hum, were requests for advice from class experts and teacher Ceri-Ann Clark.

Cadoxton Primary School's LEGO investment is for STEM education, bringing together construction, design, science and programming in engaging, creative activities. It is shared with other local primaries – including Barry Island and Romilly – and they collaborate with other local schools. The ambitious LEGO work was celebrated at a Lego Green City Challenge Day, run at the school by LEGO for Cadoxton and its nine partner schools and at many events since.