Safer Internet Day 2020

What are you doing for SID this year?

Get set for Safer Internet Day 2020, taking place on Tuesday, 11 February 2020, when - once again - we'll join forces across the globe to work "Together for a better internet". Check out the SID website for materials and lesson ideas.

Or maybe you'd like to organise online safety session for staff, governors or teachers at your school. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details

Are you ready for the cybercriminals?

You’ll all have seen the banks’ adverts about cyber fraud and some of you will have been the victim of online fraud yourselves, but did you know that schools also fall prey to cybercrime?  In fact, cybercriminals are increasingly seeing schools as soft targets! Think about the volume of emails that schools get and how busy everyone is and how little training you have had on preventing cybercrime. (Any training you had on GDPR probably didn’t spend much time on phising, ransomware or DDOS attacks!)

The good news is that like most things a little training goes a long way and that the NCSC (National Cyber Security Centre) has produced an online tool that can help you upskill your staff.

Exercise in a Box is an online tool which helps organisations test and practise their response to a cyberattack. It is completely free and you don’t have to be an expert to use it.

The service provides exercises, based around the main cyber threats, which your organisation can do in your own time, in a safe environment, as many times as you want. It includes everything you need for setting up, planning, delivery, and post-exercise activity, all in one place.

To use Exercise in a Box you need to register for an account. This enables us to provide you with a tailored report, helping you identify your next steps and pointing you towards the guidance which is most relevant for your organisation.

Once you have registered, you set your profile, pick your exercise(s), and download the materials.

Exercise in a Box is free and very easy to use. You don’t need to be an ‘expert’ to run the sessions for you but if you don’t feel that anyone in school could manage the session we are happy to provide a trainer to assist. We’d also be happy to include Exercise in a Box in one of our online safety sessions. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information

Audio Network - Free music resources for schools

Audio Network, the free music download resource for schools has moved over to a new platform, making the downloading and managing of tracks simpler and more intuitive. This service has been paid for by NEN members and is FREE to all schools taking their broadband from E2BN via their local authority or directly from E2BN/Internet4schools.

The Audio Network, database includes:

  • Ability to access the resource via your school network (if you are a NEN school)
  • A very wide selection of professionally recorded music
  • Improved interface and facilities
  • Updated with 10,000 new audio files taking the total to 60,000

You and your pupils can use the online search to find and audition music on-site. Individual music tracks can then be downloaded to your computer, pre-cleared and ready for use in your classroom.
The NEN licence with Audio Network allows teachers and students to download any of the music files free of charge with the condition that the downloaded files must not be used for any commercial purposes.

All the music in the vast catalogue of tracks has been specially composed by Audio Network’s partner composers, performed by top musicians and recorded to exacting industry standards for media production. The music catalogue now spans music of many different styles, cultures and types, and instrumentation – just browsing through is an education in itself!

This licence is only ‘free’ to NEN connected schools. If you think you should be getting access but are receiving an error message, please contact your RBC directly.

Free History/Art Resource

Please download and use our free teaching resources f packed with lots of art ideas to support teaching The Iron Age to The Stone Age in History.


Section 1 - Paint Your Cave

Teachers Notes

Learning Objectives

Making Paint - images

Painted Caves and the Animals that inspired them


Section 2 - Jewellery

Teachers Notes

Learning Objectives

Stone Age Jewellery Images

Modern Jewellery Images

Iron and Bronze Age Shields


Section 3 - Making Felt

Teachers Notes

Learning Objectives

Making Felt Images and Instruction


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