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Frequently-asked questions

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01. Why has this resource been created?

The Cold War resource represents a strategic response from LGfL to changes to the History element of the National Curriculum. The resource aims to provide a unique, high quality and relevant resource for teachers. The Cold War remains a popular and relevant topic covered by the majority of Secondary schools in London and beyond. LGFL has aimed to create a unique and comprehensive resource that allows both the teacher and leaner to explore and immerse themselves in the complex issues that lead up to and dominated the Cold War era.

02. Who can access this resource?

This resource is made available to all LGfL Schools and schools connected to the National Education Network through their Regional Learning Grid. The resource will be accessible to any teacher or student viewing it from their school network connection. When viewed outside of the school network – a LGfL USO login prompt will appear.

When viewed outside of the school network – a LGfL USO login prompt will appear for schools within London. NEN schools will not be able to access the resource 'off grid'.

03. What are the system requirements for this website?

This website has been designed to work on a wide range of systems but please be aware that it contains a large number of high resolution images and HD videos so loading times may vary depending on the specification of your computer and the speed of your Internet connection. Checking the following things can also improve your viewing experience:

Screen resolution

The website has been designed to be viewed on a minimum screen resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels but for the best viewing experience you should set your resolution and colours to their highest possible settings. You or your system administrator can do this by going to Control Panel >> Display Settings on your PC.

Screen Resolution

Browser usage

While this website may work on older web browsers, we recommend using one of the following for the best experience:

If you're having problems, check that you're using the most up-to-date version of your web browser.

This website is not compatible with Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) 7.0 and below due to the technical limitations and lack of support for this web browser.

JavaScript is enabled

To use some elements of this website you will need to have JavaScript enabled in your web browser. You or your system administrator can do this by doing the following:

Internet Explorer

Internet Options/Security/Custom Level... and Enable Active Scripting.

JavaScript enabled in IE


Options/Content... and Enable JavaScript.

JavaScript enabled in Firefox

04. Who has helped create this resource?

A wide range of experts have been involved in the creation of this resource. These include experts from the Ministry of Defence, Imperial War Museum at Duxford, a former British Intelligence officer - Fred Judge, a former Stasi Prisoner, the author and journalist Frederick Forsyth, Curriculum resource developer - Ben Walsh and the Historian Dr Helen Fry.

05. Which parts of the National Curriculum does this resource cover?

A comprehensive mapping of how the different elements of this resource relate to the new National Curriculum has been provided in the Curriculum Mapping section. It features a detailed analysis of how the different sections of the resource link in with the new programmes of study. The LGfL Curriculum Central search tool has also been update to reflect the wide range of links within the resource and how they link to different parts of the national curriculum.

06. Is this resource aimed at teachers or for students to use independently?

The resource is designed to support both of these approaches. In particular, teachers are encouraged to show the resource during school learning sessions, and then students will view the resources in their own time and 'immerse' themselves with the wider background material, outside of lesson time.

07. What are the different ways in which I can use this resource?

The video material is used to support a broad range of complete lesson activities to cover Key Stages 3 and 4 examination classes, however teachers are encouraged to modify the suggested activities and tailor them to the needs of their particular teaching context.

Video 'embed' codes allow teachers to disaggregate the video material into a learning platform and build their own learning pathways through the curriculum linked activities.

The resource has also been built to support independent research activities for students into the topics covered.

08. I have a suggestion on how the resource can be improved – how can I feedback my ideas?

We really do want to know what teachers think, and where appropriate, improve the resource based on feedback from end users. Use the online feedback form to send us your thoughts.

09. My students have created high-quality work as a result of using this resource. How can I share their achievement?

We are always keen to hear from teachers whose use of our resources has led to exceptional student achievement, and would be delighted to see examples of this. Please contact, or use the above form to contact us.

10. Is this resource for Primary or Secondary teachers?

The resource has been created to support primarily to support secondary teachers, although Key Stage 2 teachers may find elements that are of relevance. However, all teachers are strongly recommended to look through all sections of The Cold War resource prior to using it with students. Many teachers may find that sections for one Key Stage offer differentiated material for students within another.

The overlap between sections in terms of concepts and curriculum coverage is deliberate to offer a flexible resource for teachers to work with.

Please note that there are references to the Holocaust contained within this resource and material should be used sensitively with younger learners.