We’re brewing up this Christmas for NSPCC

Aurion is a great place to work: we’ve the best bunch of designers, developers, innovators, educationalists and eLearning gurus EVER, if we do say so ourselves! But our small company is more than just work and play; we are a really generous bunch too.

Over the years, our commitments to both community and charity have not only been recognised with awards, but by giving a little something back, our team have also gained a big dollop of gratification.3 cute christmas mugs merry christmas

This year won’t be any different.

We consider our community and charitable involvements to be a vital role of any responsible organisation and take great pride in the support we are able to offer our chosen causes.

This Christmas, Aurion Learning are proud to support NSPCC NI, a charity that is very dear to us, as we had the pleasure of working with the NSPCC NI’s amazing education team to design and develop ‘Keeping Safe’ –  a suite of learning resources that would teach primary school children about keeping safe from abuse.

So in the season of goodwill and in our very modest efforts to raise awareness of the wonderful work that this charity does, we are brewing up and hosting a coffee morning later this week to raise funds for their cause, which we hope will help and contribute in some small way to support children across Northern Ireland.

It’s certain that our coffee brewing and brownie baking skills are not on par with our custom eLearning development skills, but we will give it a shot and hey – everyone loves cake!

If, like us, you’d like to make a donation and help NSPCC fight for every childhood, you can do so online.

The Aurion family would like to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. In particular to our clients and partners that we’ve had the pleasure of working with this year,

THANK YOU!

We look forward to working with you in 2017 and indeed the years to come! 

Introducing You to Keeping Safe

 

Every once in a while an eLearning project comes along that stops you in your tracks. It’s the kind of project that just gets to you. This happened to our instructional and design team about 6 months ago.

As well as being educationalists, designers, technologists, gurus, strategists or what job title you go by, we are all humans. We all have another role. We are also a mummy, daddy, sister, brother, auntie, uncle, cousin, grandparent, grandchild and of course a friend.

We knew from the very start that this wasn’t going to be a standard eLearning project. Rather than the dreaded January blues that a new year can bring, there was this incredible buzz in the office. Of course we LOVE all our eLearning projects, but this one was extra special. It was special because it affected each and every one of us. It’s was the stuff of design dreams. We were given an incredible opportunity to design and develop a project that would ACTUALLY changes lives.

Let me introduce you to this ground breaking project, Keeping Safe.NSPCC Keeping Safe eLearning Resource

Research carried out with 1,700 7-11-year-old children in Primary schools throughout Northern Ireland by NSPCC, highlighted that there are still gaps in children’s knowledge around what abuse is and who can pose a threat to them.

NSPCC NI decided to do something about that. It’s what they do, prevention. Effective early education can help children to disclose abuse earlier and get the help they need to recover sooner.

NSPCC NI commissioned Aurion Learning to create an engaging, accessible, age-appropriate and educationally sound suite of learning resources that would teach primary school children about keeping safe from abuse.

Working in collaboration with the educational team at NSPCC NI, we produced a fresh, exciting and interactive programme that applied a sensitive approach to this difficult area of education.

NSPCC Keeping Safe Home PageThe materials have been developed around three themes:

  1. Healthy Relationships
  2. My Body
  3. Being Safe

The programme includes:

  • Four interactive eLearning modules on a range of topics including bullying and abuse, including sexual and domestic abuse, incorporating best practice instructional techniques and focuses on a high illustrative approach. Each module contains a range of interactive features and includes knowledge checks, clickable diagrams, drag and drop activities, ranking/rating activities, sliders, vignettes, scenarios, and digital stories templates.Sample of interactivity from P3 lesson
  • Video clips of head to camera interviews and school footage for teachers, such as examples of good practice.
  • Classroom resources including; case studies, teaching aids and interactive animated interactions. To support the delivery of the programme, we designed four characters with two age variations, called Amy, Ziggy, Jack and Cara that reflect NSPCC brand guidelines.
  • Characters of Keeping Safe ResourceAssembly and age appropriate lesson plans that will be delivered three per term to each year group. Printable lesson plans and PowerPoint templates reuses iconography, photography and illustrations to ensure a consistent look and feel throughout the 12 assembly presentations.
  • Parent homework resources. We also weaved the technique of storytelling within the programme to reinforce the messages being taught and strengthen the learning impact of the resources. The resources have been purposely designed to be suitable for each primary year, helping to build knowledge and skills.

The initiative was commissioned by the Department of Education. Keeping Safe will be piloted across a select number of schools in Northern Ireland to assist teachers, support staff, parents and school children. It aims to finally reach every primary school pupil in Northern Ireland and hopes to save every child in Northern Ireland from abuse, neglect and bullying.

This initiative implemented by NSPCC NI is the first of its kind in Europe is a great step in educating our kids about the abuse.It has been an absolute privilege to lend our expertise to this eLearning programme and we hope that it achieves its aim of reaching every school child and to save children from abuse, neglect and bullying here in Northern Ireland and further afield.