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Open Source Arts - Youth Climate Leadership Programme
07 Jul
Open Source Arts in collaboration with the SAiL Partnership are delivering a pioneering leadership training for young adults (16-18 YO) who wish to grow their capacity to become inspiring leaders in climate action. The programme will teach skills in leadership through emergence, relationship building, conversation practice, facilitation, deep listening and emotional empathy across difference. Young adults will be coached towards realising their leadership in a peer supported programme, which will be a combination of experiential learning, some theory teaching, peer to peer mentoring, coaching from experts and leaders. As well as developing leadership skills, this programme will also develop their skills in lobbying, critical thinking and public speaking so they can grow as the future generation of climate activists. To redress the current lack of representation of voices from communities of culture in the climate action sector, recruitment will be prioritised heavily for young people who identify as minority ethnic. Additionally, through the Carbon Literacy project, the young leaders will be trained as facilitators of the Manchester Metropolitan University – “Carbon Literacy” training programme. They will become facilitators who can train their school colleagues as well as delivering Carbon Literacy training for organisations in Leeds. Through partnerships and industry placements, the young leaders will receive opportunities in industry, helping guide the sustainability policies and procedures of large organisations in the city. Through this the young leaders will gain an understanding that climate activism is a credible, action focussed, researched informed, mainstream stance. Our Young leaders will come to realise through experience, that they are trusted and have the skills, agency, knowledge and authenticity to lead us into a more sustainable future. If you would like to support this learning experience with resources, sponsorship, offers of in-kind support (placements, work experience etc.) please contact Open Source Arts directly on Info@opensourcearts.co.uk Thank you very much
The Risk to Pupils and Staff in School from Covid-19
06 Jul
THE RISK TO STAFF AND PUPILS IN SCHOOL FROM COVID-19: Webinar with Dr Matt Butler from Addenbrooke’s Hospital We are extremely grateful to Dr Matt Butler's from Addenbrooke's Hospital for his incredibly informative and helpful webinar which was held on Friday 3rd July. Leaders from across the city found the webinar extremely valuable. Dr Butler gave reassurance and clarification on a number of issues. "This has been the best hour I have spent in recent time! Thank you!" "REALLY great - Thank you Matt - SO informative and VERY useful." "Dr Matt was incredibly helpful at clarifying things. Thank you!" If you missed the webinar, the recording can be found here: http://www.leedsforlearning.co.uk/Page/17934.
Guidance for September: Key points and summary
06 Jul
Guidance for September: Key points and summary Guidance has now been published regarding the opening of schools in September. You can read the full document here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/guidance-for-full-opening-schools The attached summary provides the key points. It could also provide a useful overview for school leaders to share with other stakeholders in school who may not have read the full document. A follow up webinar with Dr Matt Butler from Addenbrooke's Hospital can be found: http://www.leedsforlearning.co.uk/Page/17934
TutorMate - Learn how your school can benefit from online reading volunteers.
06 Jul
As part of the Leeds Year of Reading Leeds City Council is collaborating with TutorMate, a unique online programme that matches volunteers from businesses with Year 1 children who need reading practice. Three Leeds schools (Greenhill, Co-op Academy Beckfield and Grimes Dyke) participated in this current year and all are keen to return in 2020-21, and TutorMate is opening up space for another 1 - 3 schools in Leeds to join the programme. TutorMate is free to schools in their first year and the virtual support that it offers is a great way of ensuring pupils that may have fallen behind during lockdown can have extra support, especially if Covid-19 prevents parent readers visiting in person. Each participating child benefits from a 30 minute reading session each week, during the school day, over an entire academic year. The TutorMate team installs a dedicated laptop in each class and volunteers use a sophisticated internet platform and a voice connection to link from their workplace to the classroom. All the fun, engaging stories and literacy activities on the TutorMate platform focus on fluency, comprehension and expanding vocabulary, and are a great way of giving struggling readers the critical practice that they need to grow their confidence. You can find a great video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMOrhe-0Ut8&t=32s and the attached flyer explains in more detail how the programme works. All volunteers are from local and national businesses like John Lewis, Google, Reed Smith, Mastercard, Expedia and KPMG, and sign up for TutorMate love its flexibility and the fact they don’t need to travel. They are subject to an Enhanced DBS check and receive Safeguarding training. Please visit www.innovationsforlearning.org for more information and contact emma@innovationsforlearning.org if you're interested in finding out how your school can join TutorMate!
Leeds Libraries From Home - Summer Reading Challenge Special
06 Jul
Welcome to our Summer Reading Challenge Special of the Leeds Libraries & the School Library Service weekly newsletter. This year's reading challenge from The Reading Agency will celebrate funny books, happiness and laughter. Children taking part in the challenge will join the Silly Squad, an adventurous team of animals who love to have a laugh and get stuck in to all different kinds of funny books! The challenge has moved online this year and we will have a virtual event for our Sign-up Saturday on the 11th July across our social media channels. This opening online event @LeedsLibraries will feature the brilliant local theatre company Tutti Frutti, who are also working with a number of local cultural partners to support our programme over the summer. There will be Librarian-led online support for grown-ups registering their children on the website throughout the day. We recommend that children read 6 books over the summer holidays but they can set their own target when they sign up, which can be changed at any time. Normally at this time of year our Librarians would be busy visiting primary school assemblies to promote the Summer Reading Challenge. As things are different this year we have three resources for you to share in your classrooms or for children to access from home: Watch this short film from our Librarians, Elaine Hardy and Matt Stoppard, introducing the Summer Reading Challenge and sharing useful resources to help children stay reading during the summer. We have created a silly and interactive Twine resource to use in classrooms and homes to promote the challenge and encourage children to sign up. The Twine resource has been created using images from our Leeds Libraries Special Collections, we hope you enjoy it. We recommend saving the Twine resource from the google drive link and opening it using a Chrome browser. Finally, Mark and Sam from CBBC launch this years Summer Reading Challenge and introduce the Silly Squad in this promo video on The Reading Agency's YouTube channel! Also launching at our Sign-up Saturday is our fantastic Silly Squad collection of eBooks and eAudio books on Borrowbox. This collection of books can be downloaded by multiple people at the same time so you don’t have to wait for the book you want. Look out for stories by Laura Ellen Anderson (this year's Summer Reading Challenge illustrator) as well as Tony Ross, Jacqueline Wilson, Konnie Huq, Russell Brand and Frank Cottrell-Boyce. You can also browse our full range of junior and teen eBooks and eAudio books on Borrowbox, as well as our comics and graphic novels, suitable for all ages. If you don't already have a library account you can join online, please contact libraryenquiries@leeds.go.uk or 0113 378 5005 if you have any issues. Over the summer holidays we will have lots of online Silly Squad activities across our Facebook and Twitter pages including; theatre, storytellers, craft activities, Code Club and Lego Club. We’ll also be regularly updating our Leeds For Learning Resource Page and Leeds Libraries website with Summer Reading Challenge information over the coming weeks. HAPPY READING over the summer holidays from Leeds Libraries and the Schools Library Service!
Parent Carer SEND Tribunal Form 35 and Form 35a completion guides
03 Jul
Leeds SENDIASS have developed detailed walk though guides for completing SEND Tribunal form 35 and the SEND Tribunal form 35a ( refusal to assess) associated with SEND Tribunal appeal applications. The forms have step by step guidance for completing every section and can be worked through by parents and carers independently or with support from school staff or professionals.
An A-Z of Mental Health Support and Resources for Schools in Leeds
03 Jul
This comprehensive A-Z of services and resources available to support schools with Mental Health and Wellbeing, is an essential document for all staff members to see. The document has been produced to help staff in schools know what support is available to them, and clearly understand what every service offers. The document will help you to prepare for teaching about Mental Wellbeing (part of the new compulsory Health Education curriculum) and will also help you to support the Children and Young People in your school. We strongly encourage schools to share this document with ALL staff members prior to opening in September and to display the document in your staff areas for reference throughout the year.
Leeds SENDIASS Out of Authority Specialist Provisions list
03 Jul
Leeds SENDIASS have developed a new Out of Authority Specialist Provisions list. This complements the existing Specialist Provisions lists which include the local maintained and Post 16 specialist provisions. The new list includes information about specialist education settings on the borders of Leeds Local Authority as well as further afield and includes some highly specialised and independent settings.
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Upcoming Training

07
07 Jul
Skype network: Effective transitions (EYFS to Year 1) the bare essentials
This session will provide colleagues with an opportunity to consider how their school are reviewing and adapting Year 1 practice, in order to best meet the needs of all learners in the light of current issues linked to Covid-19. A brief description of the EY curriculum will be shared along with key documentation to support teachers to analyse data. There will be many examples of effective provision and teaching styles shared to support you to accelerate learning. This is a Skype network, if you do not have Skype for Business please download the free app as advised in the attached ‘How to Join a Skype Network’ document. You will only need to do this once but please try and do this a couple of days in advance of the Skype event. 2 working days in advance of your training you will receive an email from the Leeds for Learning team with your Skype link. As long as you have Skype for Business or have downloaded the app you will simply click on this link at the appointed time to join the Skype event. Please join the Skype meeting at 15.50 pm for registration and to address any technological issues for a 16:00 pm start.
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07 Jul
Skype Network: Safer Recruitment Training in Education Settings
We recognise that it is not always viable for Head Teachers/Principals and Chair of Governing Bodies to be present at all interview panels. The Education & Early Years Safeguarding Team offer the accredited course for other members of staff involved in recruitment, for example School Bursar, Deputy Head Teachers, Head of Department etc. The one day course will include the Safer Recruitment Consortium Assessment. Therefore participants must complete the full assessment to successfully pass the course.
08
08 Jul
Skype: Primary Arts Leaders Network
This online network will provide Primary Arts Leaders with the opportunity to: - share examples of good practice in supporting art in a home learning context - consider how Art, Craft and Design can be taught as more children return to school - discuss some of the specific challenges of delivering a practical subject alongside Covid 19 constraints
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08 Jul
Skype network: Effective transitions (EYFS to Year 1) the bare essentials
This session will provide colleagues with an opportunity to consider how their school are reviewing and adapting Year 1 practice, in order to best meet the needs of all learners in the light of current issues linked to Covid-19. A brief description of the EY curriculum will be shared along with key documentation to support teachers to analyse data. There will be many examples of effective provision and teaching styles shared to support you to accelerate learning. This is a Skype network, if you do not have Skype for Business please download the free app as advised in the attached ‘How to Join a Skype Network’ document. You will only need to do this once but please try and do this a couple of days in advance of the Skype event. 2 working days in advance of your training you will receive an email from the Leeds for Learning team with your Skype link. As long as you have Skype for Business or have downloaded the app you will simply click on this link at the appointed time to join the Skype event. Please join the Skype meeting at 15.50 pm for registration and to address any technological issues for a 16:00 pm start.
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08 Jul
Skype Network: Safer Recruitment Training in Education Settings
We recognise that it is not always viable for Head Teachers/Principals and Chair of Governing Bodies to be present at all interview panels. The Education & Early Years Safeguarding Team offer the accredited course for other members of staff involved in recruitment, for example School Bursar, Deputy Head Teachers, Head of Department etc. The one day course will include the Safer Recruitment Consortium Assessment. Therefore participants must complete the full assessment to successfully pass the course.
09
09 Jul
Zoom Session - Governor Workshop - Preparing Governors for the Autumn Term 2020
Education in general and school governance in particular are likely to be very different for some time to come and this workshop has been specifically designed to consider what governors might expect to see under different aspects of the role. This includes input on: • Primary and secondary assessment - Becky Lawrence, School Improvement Consultant, • Finance - Liz Jackson, Senior Financial Manager • The ‘Catch-up’/ ‘Recovery’ Curriculum – Sam Golia, Senior School Improvement Advisor • Headteacher Wellbeing – Mike Cassidy and Margaret Moyles, Headteacher Support Service • Headteacher Performance Management – Sam Golia, Senior School Improvement Advisor The workshop will also consider other aspects such as pupil behaviour, attendance data, what agendas will look like in the Autumn term, including resuming committee meetings and expectations for governors with monitoring duties.
09
09 Jul
Targeting the Gender Gap to Raise Attainment for Boys in Early Years
During the 3 training sessions practitioners will work with consultants and other colleagues to explore and reflect on how best to support boys to reach their full potential. The sessions will include time to explore: - the importance of emotional well-being and the key person role - how the key person can impact on progress - how children can be inspired to write and achieve more - the impact of social expectations gender stereotypes and media messages - working with parents of boys - the importance of brain development and movement - the emotional and physical environment - current research, case studies and successful projects Gap tasks from each session and reporting the findings of these will be a key part of this course. The celebration event on day four will enable practitioners to share successes and cascade good practice. Please note this session is not charged for.
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09 Jul
Skype Network: Safer Recruitment Training in Education Settings
We recognise that it is not always viable for Head Teachers/Principals and Chair of Governing Bodies to be present at all interview panels. The Education & Early Years Safeguarding Team offer the accredited course for other members of staff involved in recruitment, for example School Bursar, Deputy Head Teachers, Head of Department etc. The one day course will include the Safer Recruitment Consortium Assessment. Therefore participants must complete the full assessment to successfully pass the course.