The Bradford Learning Network (BLN) is part of Bradford Council’s Innovation Services. Established in 2001 following a school led procurement process the BLN provides schools access to fast, filtered and secure internet services enabling them to utilise online resources and technologies effectively within their teaching and learning whilst safeguarding pupils. Based at The Innovation Centre in Little Germany the team work in partnership with Bradford schools to offer a personal service delivering effective technical support. The team do not have a switchboard or call centre, instead they provide their individual email addresses to allow you to build a direct relationship with them. Being based in central Bradford they can provide onsite visits and have expert knowledge of the local market. The BLN team are all CEOP ThinkUKnow trained and are supported by the wider Innovation Service’s online safety specialist consultants.
The Bradford Learning Network offers connectivity to any educational establishment within the UK. Designed specifically for educational use the network can be procured by individual schools, academy chains or trust federations. The BLN utilises Virgin Media’s Internet Protocol Virtual Private Network (IPVPN) and offers a choice of connections ranging from 50Mbps up to 1Gbps to suit your educational setting. All sites are installed with an independent, fibre to the premises (FTTP) connection, also known as a leased line, regardless of their geographical location, which ensures that the full amount of bandwidth requested is delivered. The capacity of the network is managed to ensure speed is never limited and, being synchronous, the upload speeds are the same as the download speeds, which is important when using cloud based services. Connections can be upgraded at any point of the contract, negating the need to overpay for connectivity that is not required now but may be needed in the future. IPVPN connectivity allows schools to connect to each other via virtual networks, enabling a secure sharing of data and systems. Bandwidth usage is monitored and reports are available to provide usage and performance data. Core NetworkThe core of the BLN network is scalable up to a 10Gbps capacity with a 4Gbps connection out to the internet and has its own core Domain Name System (DNS) servers with additional core firewalls to provide the network with an extra layer of security. The core network has built-in resiliency with a secondary core firewall, replicated DNS servers and a 4Gbps failover backup connection. All the elements at the core of the network are monitored and managed by Virgin Media and controlled via robust contract service level agreements.Voice over IPThe network is designed to support Voice over IP (VOIP). This is an additional service which is priced dependent upon your specific requirements. Please contact a member of the team to discuss for details of a VOIP solution for your school.Super connected City Voucher schemeA number of suppliers are contacting schools informing them that they are eligible to take part in the ‘Super Connected City’ voucher scheme which pays for the installation of super-fast broadband. Schools are not eligible for connection vouchers as they do not meet the criteria for being a small / medium enterprise.
Learning and Development Programme
Regular Updates We regularly update the content of our sessions to reflect changing legislative requirements as well as local and national developments and initiatives. Our training will support you to implement your policies and procedures confidently and signpost you to useful resources and contacts for further advice. An added bonus of attending our sessions is the opportunity to network and share experience and knowledge with your peers and other professional colleagues. Tailored Services Alongside our regular programme of events we also offer a tailored service whereby we work with you to develop a CPD programme for your organisation with the content of each of the sessions structured to meet your organisational needs. These sessions can take place onsite within your organisation or away from the workplace at other venues. We can signpost you to experts in specialisms as well as presenting events ourselves or in collaboration with your internal team. Competitive Rates Our rates are highly competitive and where organisations subscribe to other PACT HR services you will benefit from discounted rates when attending any events or workshops as part of our regular programme.
Whole Class half day digital learning sessions
Curriculum Innovation consultants can deliver a range of half day whole class sessions here at The Innovation Centre Bradford. Current choices available include:-LEGO MINDSTORM (Y5/6)TINKERCAD (Y5/6)CO- SPACES (KS2)STOP MOTION ANIMATION (KS2)GREEN SCREENING (KS2)Morning sessions are available from 09.00-12.00 and afternoon sessions from 12.30-15.00. Both sessions include a 15 minute interval where juice and biscuits are available for your pupils.Sessions cost £100 for Curriculum Innovation subscriber schools and £150 for non-subscribers.To purchase a session please select the service from the option below - either subscriber or non-subscriber rate and select the number of sessions you would like to purchase. Upon completion of your purchase you will be contacted by a member of the team to arrange the date of the session. Please note most sessions will be delivered on Tuesday afternoons.
Governor Monthly Updates
The Monthly Updates are circulated to ensure that Governors are kept up to date with relevant information that will help them to improve their practice and updates on changes to regulations, Ofsted processes and Council procedures.