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Primary School Debating Competition - sign your school up now!
Think your school has what it takes to win a city-wide debating competition? Join us this July and find out! An aspirational event open to all Leeds primary schools and only £25 per school - sign up here.
Teaching debating skills is a specific requirement of the 2014 national curriculum for English from lower KS2 onwards. Debating is an excellent preparation for persuasive and discursive writing and can also improve pupils’ confidence and self-esteem. Not only does it support pupils to express and justify their own opinions, it also provides a platform for them to consider the opinions and feelings of others.To support and encourage Leeds schools to develop pupils’ confidence and debating skills, Children’s Services will host a city-wide debating competition at the Civic Hall in July which is open to Year 5 & 6 pupils in all Leeds primary schools.
The competition will be held over three days with all schools being invited to submit a team of three pupils for day 1 which will be held on 12th July. Schools who win their debate on day 1 will be invited back to Round 2 on 14th July and the successful schools on this date will be invited to Round 3 and the grand final on 20th July.
Pupils must be in years 5 & 6 to be eligible for this competition. In the interest of closing the gap and raising expectations for vulnerable pupils, there must be at least one pupil premium pupil and one pupil working below age-related expectations in the team of 3 - this cannot be the same person. The school is free to choose the third pupil from within its years 5 & 6 classes. The topics for the
debates will be chosen by Children’s Services staff and will be communicated to all participating schools in advance of the competition. The first round of the competition will be held on 12th July 09:00 - 15:00 at Civic Hall, LS1 1UR.
Cost: £25 registration fee per school. Schools can register FREE of charge if they attend the course: ‘Effective Debating in schools’ on May 23rd at NE Learning Centre (for more details on this course click here).
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Summer term conferences - available to book now!
Music, PE, Post-16, RE, D&T and Art!
Please see below for details of our fantastic summer term conferences. We are delighted to announce we are working in partnership with so many prestigious educational institutions such as Leeds College of Art, Leeds Beckett University and Leeds College of Music, as well as state of the art facilities such as The National STEM centre. The conferences offer a fantastic opportunity for teachers and subject leaders to be inspired by leading experts and outstanding practitioners in their chosen field, and aim to equip delegates with new and innovative teaching strategies to take back to the classroom and contribute towards delivering high quality teaching and learning.
15th June – Primary and Secondary: Music conference
Hosted by Leeds College of Music, delegates will be able to enjoy a range of activities that take advantage of the facilities in this fantastic venue. The conference keynote will be delivered by Professor Susan Hallam (MBE) who will open the conference with an exciting keynote address exploring her latest research, ‘The Power of Music.’ Primary colleagues are invited to attend the morning keynote and a following session on transition, with secondary colleagues attending the full day.
Primary colleagues book here: http://www.leedsforlearning.co.uk/Event/27630
Secondary colleagues book here: http://www.leedsforlearning.co.uk/Event/27628
16th June – Secondary: Physical Education conference
Kevin Barton, Executive Head of Achievement at the Youth Sport Trust, will provide an opening keynote that will explore the balance
between Ofsted, results and the Health and Wellbeing agenda and the impact of PE on whole school issues. Following on from this keynote, delegates will hear from two headteachers who will showcase best practice in this area. Headteachers, Senior Leaders and Governors are invited to attend the morning keynote and a session following this to reflect on and consider the implications of the key
note, whilst full day delegates will choose two workshops and also participate in a range of Physical Activity taster sessions including, Olympic Handball, Flag Football, VX and Tchouckball.
Book here: http://www.leedsforlearning.co.uk/Event/18457
17th June – Post-16 conference
Our Post-16 conference will explore what makes effective teaching and learning within post 16 education, with a particular focus on what good provision, pedagogy and learning looks like in A level Maths and English. Subject leaders of Maths and English departments are invited to attend the first part of the morning from 9.00-11.00am with their leaders of Post 16 to investigate ways of maximising their results at A level.
Full day delegates book here: http://www.leedsforlearning.co.uk/Event/27604
Morning only book here: http://www.leedsforlearning.co.uk/Event/31484
23rd June – Religious education conference
For this year’s cross phase Religious Education conference we will be joined by former HMI for RE, Alan Brine, who will focus on the theme of effective curriculum design to maximise pupil progress. Workshop options will include using artefacts in RE, teaching Islam at primary school, effective transition KS3 to KS4, teaching world faiths at GCSE and assessment beyond levels in RE.
Primary colleagues book here: http://www.leedsforlearning.co.uk/Event/29772
Secondary colleagues book here: http://www.leedsforlearning.co.uk/Event/29561
24th June – Design and Technology conference
Our Design and Technology conference will be held at state of the art venue, The National STEM Centre, where we will be joined on the day by our keynote speaker, Dr David Spendlove, a specialist in the field of Design and Technology and currently works in higher education researching and examining the role of the teacher and teacher education.
Primary colleagues book here: http://www.leedsforlearning.co.uk/Event/27632
Secondary colleagues book here: http://www.leedsforlearning.co.uk/Event/27607
4th July – Art conference
The day will begin with a keynote speech delivered by Paul Brennan, former Deputy Director of Leeds Children’s Services, who will share with delegates his passion for arts, design and creativity and will discuss how the arts can contribute to improving learning outcomes for all children and young people. Delegates will then be able to select from an eclectic menu of workshops covering everything from working with the city’s art collections, using iPads to create art, plaster casting, printing and much more.
Primary colleagues book here: http://www.leedsforlearning.co.uk/Event/27631
Secondary colleagues book here: http://www.leedsforlearning.co.uk/Event/27583
School Admissions Appeals SLA 2016-17
The Local Authority provides a comprehensive appeals service for all community and voluntary controlled schools. The Local Authority provide an efficient and effective service in relation to all aspects of the appeal process from receipt of appeals through to the presenting officer's defence of the appeal. We also offer this service to all voluntary aided schools and academies in Leeds as a traded service.
For full details of of our offer and how to purchase it please see the attached SLA.
Legal Services SDA 2016-17
The Legal Services SDA 2016-17 is now available to purchase via Leeds for Learning for your convenience. A link to download full details of the SDA can be found within this article or by visiting the Legal Services provider page.
The fee for primary schools and primary academies will be £494 and for secondary schools and secondary academies the fee will be £644. The fee will be payable for each separate school or academy.
The fees for the advice and assistance provided under the service delivery agreement still represent very good value for money. There will be no increase in the fee for 2017 -2018 and any increase for 2018 – 2019 will be no more than 5%.
We will also provide, during the year briefing notes on legal issues that frequently arise within schools. Legal Services will also offer one training session per year, to be delivered either to individual schools or clusters of schools.
We would welcome any suggestions for topics for training sessions or briefing notes that would be of assistance to you. Legal Services always wants to improve upon the service that we provide to schools and in order to do so I need your feedback on the things that we do well and the things that we can improve. So if you have any comments or suggestions please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any queries regarding the above or require any advice or assistance please contact Sofia Khatun, who is your main point of contact for schools advice, on 0113 247 4238 or email email@example.com.