After reading the 'Pathe Returns' blog post by a colleague, you may have tried to find out more whilst sat at your home computer and wondered why it doesn't seem to work. Well, British Pathe is a commercial organisation that (quite rightly) charges local authorities and broadband consortia a subscription. This means the resources are not freely available on the web.
I want to see these great quality educational resources being fully used by schools, and I can't help but note that its difficult to find out how its done, with information obscurely published across several web locations and without an easy guide. If you go to south east grid website you might be forgiven if you can't actually find the information; (its in the projects tab).
I thought it helpful to provide information on how you can access the resources, especially if your first attempts have drawn a blank because unwittingly you tried from a home broadband connection (assuming you found the British Pathe site!).
Its not obvious but you need to use a broadband connection provided by Kent 'Schools Broadband' to gain free access to the resources. The British Pathe web site automatically detects you are from a subscribing authority because of the source internet address, and Kent schools use a fixed range of addresses. This does mean however that you can't prepare lessons from home without registering and paying for your own account or accessing from within a suitable learning platform.
This also means you can't access Keith Harcourt's excellent 'starters for study' helpsheets. If you click the British Pathe Starters for Study helpsheet links on the South East Grid for Learning (SEGfL) website from outside of a school you will briefly see a 'NEN Connecting' badge flash in the bottom right hand corner before the page reverts to the main SEGfL home page (It has to be said that it unhelpfully doesn't tell you why the link isn't working ... but being excellent practitioners you'll intuitively guess what's happening of course).
A great suggestion is to add a desktop shortcut to teacher and learner network profiles, then you won't need all of the above! Trust me its worth it and these great resources will enrich your curriculum.
Oh, and a reminder that there are other great resources from the British Film Institute.(although the creative archive is no longer available despite the links)