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Paul Garratt - Stockport Council

Jun 30, 2015



Workshop presentation by Paul Garratt from Stockport Council at MoodleMoot UK 2010

  • 1. Using Moodle in Primary Schools Paul Garratt Stockport LEA E-Learning Manager

2. Content

  • Stockport E-Learning Platform SELP
  • Theme design
  • Main menu and using icons
  • Initial Setup
  • Training and Support
  • Central Resource Area
  • Use by Students and Parents


  • Setup in March 2009
  • Commissioned by Synergy Learning
  • Hosts
    • 101 Primary School, Special and PRU Moodles
    • Central resource area
    • 14-19 Moodle, (Diplomas)

Stockport E-Learning Platform (SELP) 4. Theme Design 5. Basic Moodle Theme and Layout 6. Theme Design

  • 6 Moodle theme templates purchased from Synergy Learning
  • The schools then decide on their theme and choose the icons for the main menu
  • The theme is then designed, incorporating the schools logo, images, colours and preferred icons

7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. Main menu and using icons 13. 14. 15.

  • Classes
  • Pupils
  • Years
  • Parents
  • Staff
  • Staffroom
  • Governors
  • News


  • Gallery
  • Videos
  • Video and podcasting
  • Events
  • Clubs

Each of the sections is a course page 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. Classes Course 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. Technical Design

  • Main Classes page is enrollable
  • Each class page i.e. Reception, is not enrollable.Students and teachers are assigned access here (assign roles)
  • New course pages under the class i.e. Fairtales, uses meta data from the class page i.e. Reception, to assign roles.
  • Same principle is applied to Parents, Governors and Staffroom but without the need for a Main Classes page.
  • Shared courses use meta data from each of the classes

30. Using icons for menus

  • MAINChild friendly
  • Customisable
  • Not restricted to the Moodle architecture
  • A simple design can be easy to create

Pros Cons

  • Breadcrumb trail can be ineffective
  • Extras steps required to create new course pages
  • Can display incorrectly in some browsers
  • To many courses may cause finding issues
  • Copyright issues

31. Initial Setup 32. Initial Setup

  • Staff list
  • Theme
  • Main menu layout
  • Student section layout
  • Student logon format and password policy


  • Meeting with our VLE advisor
  • Use BECTA guidelines Learning Platforms: Steps to adoption and 21 stcentury teacher
  • How they can use the Moodle to improve Teaching and Learning

34. 35. 36. Training and support 37. Training and support

  • User guide given to each member of staff
  • Training begins with a Getting started day session and then a Building a class session
  • On going workshop includes training, best practice, presentations and Playtime.
  • 2 members of staff attend Admin training
  • Staff inset focusing on basics of adding
    • Websites
    • Files
    • Images

38. Central Resource Area 39. 40. 41. 42. Use by Students and Parents 43. Students

  • Additional resources for learning
  • Forums for discussions, both on and off topic
  • Chatrooms are secure and only accessible by the class or school
  • Secure galleries to view events and achievements and trips

44. Parents

  • School information
  • Calendar and upcoming events
  • Access letters and forms
  • E-Safety information and videos
  • Forums used for feedback and views on the school


  • The introduction of the VLE has been fantastic in our school. Parentsand children are both excited about using it. Parentshavetold us they just love to see what their children have been getting up to in school.


  • Children love to use the chat, blogs and forum facilities and are using it to access resources from their topics and links to websites that extend their learning and knowledge of their topics.


  • Parents have much closer links with their children'seducation via our VLE, Our VLE will help improve communications with parents Our VLE prompts independent learning from home.

48. Summary

  • Make MoodleBoldandColourful
  • Use icons linking to courses and resources
  • Design the site prior to creation
  • Keep the Moodle Categories and Courses structure
  • A simple structure can be easily managed
  • A training and support are key
  • A central resource area

49. Future Developments

  • E-Portfolio Mahara
  • Document Storage area Alfresco
  • School Websites Joomla
  • MIS Integration
  • Project to create resources and courses to be put on the Central Resource Area

50. Any questions? 51. Useful Information

  • Paul Garratt [email_address]
  • Alex Findlay [email_address]
  • SELP