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The Northern Food Teacher Conference - In partnership with the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF)!
20 Aug
The Health and Wellbeing Service are delighted to work in partnership with the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) to bring you this exciting and innovative event, following on from the success of the National Food and Nutrition Education Conference that took place in February 2019. This event, which will take place on Saturday 7 December at Leeds Civic Hall, will be an opportunity for those teaching food and cooking in both primary and secondary settings to come together and gain skills and knowledge to further enhance their expertise, to deliver an effective food education curriculum. This conference will also make links with the new Ofsted Inspection Framework and the compulsory Health Education curriculum, which includes healthy eating and preparing healthy meals. There will be presentations from experts in the fields of nutrition, education, food science, classroom management and cooking. There will also be allocated sessions dedicated to teaching pupils in the primary and secondary phases. The conference is aimed at trainee, new, non-specialist and experienced teachers and will provide insight into the national food and nutrition issues that impact the lives and education of children and young people HOW TO BOOK: Visit http://www.leedsforlearning.co.uk/Event/91519 to find out more and book your place.
Strength to strength: The Leading Learning Partnership (LLP) and Huntington Research School
15 Aug
We are delighted to share the exciting news that the LLP and Huntington Research School partnership is going from strength to strength. Over the coming year the LLP will support subject leaders to consider the ‘renewed’ focus on curriculum development and leadership. Huntington Research School has recently trained all of our Learning and Teaching Specialists on the key aspects of evidence informed approaches to curriculum development and design, which will be tailored to each subject specialism and disseminated across each of the 13 subject areas over the coming year. Quality assuring the subject curriculum with a specific focus on leadership development, are key foci to this year’s LLP. As always the networks will provided invaluable opportunities for leaders to network, share practice, debate policy, gain insights from a range of schools and settings, challenge and develop themselves and other colleagues and to focus on evidenced based research to improve pupil outcomes. What do colleagues say about the LLP? Our recent 2019 impact questionnaire analysis states: - 95% of LLP members have stated that the LLP meetings have increased their knowledge and understanding of new curricular - 94% of LLP members have indicated that the LLP meeting have developed their ability to provide effective leadership and a vision for change - 97% of LLP members have stated that the LLP meetings have supported them to gain a toolkit of strategies to share with departments that will be implemented by the department to support quality first teaching We will be officially launching this year’s partnership at the autumn senior leader and governor briefing on Friday 4th October, with Huntington Research School working to develop evidence informed decision making. If you and your school would be interested in joining the Leading Learning Partnership from September 2019, the cost for two terms (until 31st March 2020) is just £3000 and includes: - 13 subject networks or conferences per term: two face to face meetings per subject (either full days 9.00 – 3.00pm, and/or in some cases an extended morning 8.30am – 12.30pm) - Two face to face senior leader and governor briefings - Two senior leader briefing papers - Signposting support - Email updates and course reminders If you are interested in becoming an LLP member, please do contact liz.canning@leeds.gov.uk who will be happy to help.
Disciplined Inquiry - a year on...
15 Aug
We have completed our first year of looking at a more evidenced informed approach to the Leading Learning Partnership (LLP) through a disciplined inquiry (DI) process. A whole partnership approach to the disciplined inquiry is an ambitious target, however we are delighted to see that in our 2019 impact questionnaire, 66% of LLP members (an increase of 24%) have stated that the disciplined inquiry is now used in their department. During the summer term’s SLDMs and conferences, many subject leaders have specifically commented on useful the DI process has been; some evaluative comments include: - As always, the focus was on improving our practice in order to benefit our learners. DI focused on improving outcomes for disadvantaged learners. Support from LLP has underpinned the success of DI. (Drama Subject leader) - Inspired by colleagues' Huntington research projects (Art subject leader) - Great chance to see how other colleagues have worked on their DI projects, (MFL subject leader) - Disciplined Inquiry is a good idea that will help team focus on approach and purpose (English Subject leader) So what’s next? In response to the senior leader’s discussions, Huntington Research School has devised a support package for senior leaders and research leads on how to successfully implement the DI process across whole school. The ‘New Age to Professional Learning’ half day training is available on the 4th October, 12.30pm - 3.30pm and is open to both primary and secondary schools and settings. Colleagues from Huntington Research School will provide leaders with a comprehensive toolkit and an honest reflection, based on their own experiences, of “what not to do”. For more information and booking: Primary: http://www.leedsforlearning.co.uk/Event/100080 LLP members secondary: http://www.leedsforlearning.co.uk/Event/89186 Non LLP members secondary: http://www.leedsforlearning.co.uk/Event/100068
Calling all teachers! A new Education Pack is now available for the World Road Racing Championships
13 Aug
YORKSHIRE 2019 EDUCATION PACK Calling all teachers! A new Education Pack is now available for the World Road Racing Championships The Yorkshire 2019 UCI Road World Championships Education Pack is a free, curriculum-linked resource which has been produced by the race organisers in partnership with EdComs to inspire primary and secondary students to get involved in the action and excitement of this once-in-a-generation event. The Pack includes:A flexible student-facing PowerPoint presentation which can be used in classes or assembliesA comprehensive teacher toolkit containing 10 Championships-related activities which link to curriculum subjects including maths, English, art and historyStudent activity sheets For more information click here
Volunteering in Cambodia - Erica Hiorns shares her Experience of working with Local Teachers
07 Aug
Erica Hiorns, School Improvement Advisor and a member of the Learning Improvement team since 2103, has recently returned from a 3 week visit to Cambodia working with local teachers to help them to make a sustainable difference in their teaching practice. Erica has been an education professional since 1988. She was a high school teacher specialising in languages and Head of Post 16. She has a long standing interest in supporting pupils from deprived areas to make progress, both locally, nationally and, now, internationally! Download the attachment to read her full report in which she describes her Cambodian experience and shares her thoughts on the differences between education in Cambodia and the UK, reflecting on her view that good teaching is not dependent upon good resources.