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Tackling the Big Issues: The Curriculum, the Ofsted Framework, Data and Workload
17 Dec
Welcoming Ofsted’s Heather Fearn and Professor Becky Allen, Chief Analyst and Co-founder of Teacher Tapp Date: Friday 15th February 2019 Time: 8.30 – 15:30 Venue: Cloth Hall Court, LS1 2HA Cost: £150 for SLA schools, £175 for Non SLA schools. * Any additional delegates will also receive a £50 reduction, i.e. £100 for SLA schools, and £125 for NON SLA. Further information and booking: http://www.leedsforlearning.co.uk/Event/85236 (Primary) or http://www.leedsforlearning.co.uk/Event/85071 (Secondary) *Learning Improvement have subsidised the cost in order for school leaders, senior leaders, subject leaders and governors to hear these critical messages. On Tuesday 4th December 2018, the HMCI Annual Report highlighted: “The framework will reward nurseries, schools and colleges that are doing the right thing by their children and learners, particularly the disadvantaged, and providing a rigorous education to all. It will move the focus of leadership away from progress data, arbitrary tracking of pupils’ scores and all the workload that those create for staff, and instead will allow teachers to get on with their core role: designing the curriculum, sequencing knowledge, ensuring mastery and improving learning: in short, teaching pupils and making sure they learn the right things.” Our aim is to address these areas throughout the day. Heather will outline what Ofsted understands to be a high quality curriculum and will give further details on what the quality of education judgement might look like in the new framework. In addition, Becky will inspire leaders with her research and experience chairing the DfE’s teacher work load advisory group and identify how they can make better decision in schools. The day will also consist of inspirational workshops from local and regional schools who will share their strategic insights and experiences into curriculum development. Further information and booking: http://www.leedsforlearning.co.uk/Event/85236 (Primary) or http://www.leedsforlearning.co.uk/Event/85071 (Secondary)
Advice From Chief Superintendent Nick Aldworth Following the Tuesday 11th December Incident in Strasbourg
12 Dec
Please see the message below and documents attached circulated following the Tuesday 11th December shooting incident in Strasbourg. Attached is the update from Chief Superintendent Nick Aldworth, National Coordinator Protect and Prepare at Counter Terrorism Policing. Also attached is a CT Helpful Advice Leaflet. Please disseminate across your organisations as widely as possible. Here are some links to websites where you will find more advice. https://www.cpni.gov.uk/ https://www.mi5.gov.uk/ http://www.northeastctu.police.uk/ https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/recognising-the-terrorist-threat/recognising-the-terrorist-threat https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KU84TV3UnQg Kind Regards Duty Emergency Planning Officer Resilience & Emergencies Team (RET) Web: www.leeds.gov.uk/prepared Official Twitter Account:- @leedsemergency
Special offer for January 2019!
06 Dec
As a ‘welcome back’ to the new school term, and in response to our on-going commitment to the disadvantaged and the Leeds-wide oracy strategy, we are offering the following courses at a special price of £80* per delegate. Effective Debating for Schools: Friday 11th January 2019, 1pm – 4pm at West Leeds Activity Centre Course code: 011-0119-T002 Debating is a vital life skill which can enhance outcomes for children socially and emotionally as well as academically as has been evidenced by Leeds schools who have engaged in this programme over the last three years. It is an excellent preparation for persuasive and discursive writing through the focus on developing the language of persuasion and discussion and leads to confident writers and communicators who have clear opinions and the language and skills to express them effectively. Course contact: therese.osullivan@leeds.gov.uk or 07891 272106 Creative Approaches to Support Writing: Wednesday 6th February 2019, 1pm – 4pm at Armley Mills Industrial Museum Course code: AD-0219-T001 The arts are an excellent way to engage pupils in their learning, providing pupils with tangible experiences. They not only develop knowledge and skills, but also raise confidence and self-esteem. Working creatively allows pupils to question and test out ideas in a collaborative way and can be an effective approach to developing pupils’ written work. Course contact: jane.zanzottera@leeds.gov.uk or 0113 535 0520 *if your school has an SLA with the 0-11 Learning Improvement Team, the delegate place is £60
Data for Impact - strategic use for school improvement
03 Dec
For primary school headteachers, senior leaders and governors
Hello from Phil Mellen - new Deputy Director for Learning, Children and Families, Leeds City Council
03 Dec
I am delighted to have joined Leeds City Council as Deputy Director for Learning. I was particularly keen to work in Leeds after hearing so much about the city’s vision and ambition for all of its children and young people – an ambition to be a truly child friendly city. Since joining and visiting a number of schools and learning settings across the city, it is clear to me that there is a real will and commitment from colleagues in schools, the local authority and other partners to work together to improve outcomes – and in particular for those young people who face the greatest barriers to success, for whatever reason. Clearly a city the size of Leeds will always face a range of challenges, but I believe that if we continue to work together as a strong learning community we will find ways to address these and support our most vulnerable children, young people and their families. Just to provide you with a bit of background information about me, I have been a teacher since 1993 and did my PGCE at Trinity and All Saints College (now Leeds Trinity University). Since 2004 I have been a Headteacher, an Executive Headteacher, a Principal, an Executive Principal and Head of Virtual School for Looked After Children (not all at the same time!). I am also a Local Leader of Education and a Pupil Premium Reviewer and have led both primary and secondary schools. My most recent role was working for a Multi-Academy Trust in East Manchester. Away from work, I have a lovely wife and four delightful children (I may be biased about this). I play various musical instruments and am also a long suffering fan of Ipswich Town Football Club. I look forward to working in partnership with you all across the coming years so that we collectively improve the attendance, attainment and achievement of children and young people in Leeds.