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Support SEND pupils with life transitions -SEMH Conference 29 November
22 Oct
Do you support children and young people with SEND? Come to the next SEMH conference on Friday 29 November at Shine in Harehills to learn more about supporting young people with transitions. We are delighted to be welcoming representatives from the STARS team who will be leading a workshop on Preparing Autistic Students for the Transition into Adulthood. Other workshops include: Time to Change – Peer Support & Transition MST Team – Transition and the Developing Brain Rethink Team – Supporting Transition with the Rethink Formulation School-aged children and young people are at a phase of great transition in their lives, whether transitioning year groups, the transition from primary to secondary or even the dramatic transitions their bodies go through during puberty. Transition can cause great anxiety; the way that key transitional stages are dealt with in school can dramatically effect pupils mental health and ability to engage with school life. Jennifer Taylor the Head of Children and Young People at Time to Change will be joining us for the day and will be discussing some of the excellent work Time to Change has done to aid key transitional stages within schools. Paul Cooper, Headteacher of Bishop Young Academy and Sam Eustace, Emotional Health and Wellbeing Leader at Westerton Primary Academy, will also be attending to present some of the brilliant work that they do to aid key transitions in their respective schools, building resilience to change. The day will feature case studies from schools, resource packs of ideas and networking opportunities between schools, creating more opportunities to work together. The event is suitable for Primaries, Secondaries, SILCs and colleagues working within schools. To find our more and book your place visit http://www.leedsforlearning.co.uk/Event/95369
SEMH Conference - Friday 29 November - Helping you achieve effective, positive transition for pupils across all phases’
21 Oct
This conference is open to all school staff who have a responsibility around SEMH across all phases from Early Years to Post 16 studies (including Heads of Year, SENCos, Learning Mentors, PSHE Co-Ordinators, Support Staff, Senior Leaders and Governors.) The day will feature case studies from schools, resource packs of ideas and networking opportunities between schools, creating more opportunities to work together. Statistically, 1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem in any given year. There are many transitional stages in life. Whether transitioning year groups, the transition from primary to secondary or even the dramatic transitions their bodies go through during puberty. Transition can cause great anxiety; the way that key transitional stages are dealt with in school can dramatically effect pupils' mental health and ability to engage with school life. This conference will help you to support children and young people in your school or setting through the various times of transition to ensure that they have the right tools to cope, succeed and thrive personally and academically. Jennifer Taylor, the Head of Children and Young People at Time to Change, will be the keynote speaker. Time to Change is a growing social movement working to change the way we all think and act about mental health problems. They have already reached millions of people and begun to improve attitudes and behaviour. Jennifer will be discussing the excellent work Time to Change has done to aid key transitional stages within schools. As many primary school children have been visiting high schools recently with the application deadline looming, many families are visiting primaries for their child's first transition into school and our young people are visiting various settings to consider the next stages of their Post 16 lives, it is a perfect time of year to plan ahead in order to aid children and young people's Emotional and Mental Health needs during these important transitions. With this type of transition in mined, Paul Cooper, Headteacher of Bishop Young Academy and Sam Eustace, Emotional Health and Wellbeing Leader at Westerton Primary Academy, will both be presenting some of the brilliant work that they do to aid key transitions in their respective schools, building resilience to change. Other workshops on the day will include: MST - Transition and the Developing Brain STARS - Preparing Autistic Students for the Transition into Adulthood Rethink Team - Supporting Transition with the Rethink Formulation To find out more and book your place visit http://www.leedsforlearning.co.uk/Event/95369
Virtual School updates - Children Looked After (CLA) Autumn term Data Collection and Pupil Premium Plus (PP+) – Leeds
21 Oct
FAO Designated Teachers for Children Looked After (CLA) and Headteachers - - at settings with Leeds school-age CLA on roll Virtual School updates - Children Looked After (CLA) Autumn term Data Collection and Pupil Premium Plus (PP+) – Leeds The Virtual School would like to provide you with an update regarding the collection of Leeds Children Looked After (CLA) “Autumn Term 19” data. CLA Autumn term Data Collection – important changes to the process As you know, part of the statutory duties of the Virtual School is to track the in-year educational attainment and progress of all Children Looked After (CLA) and to monitor the effective use of the Pupil Premium Plus for CLA. The data collection process will be changing for the ‘Autumn’ term 2019 snapshot data (our next collection). There has been a period of transition at the beginning of this academic year and we can confirm that we are now moving away from the previous data collection portal used to collect termly Leeds CLA data. Interim process – summary An interim process will be in place and the collection window will be Monday 11 November to Friday 22 November 2019, followed by allocations of ‘Autumn’ term Pupil Premium Plus (PP+) for school-age Leeds CLA in maintained and academy settings. -------------PLEASE SEE ATTACHED LETTER WITH MORE INFORMATION------------- Dates for the diary "Autumn term 2019 CLA data collection" - The collection period will be open between: Data request: 11 November 2019 Deadline: 22 November 2019 Additional guidance will be sent when the collection opens. Note: settings without Reception to Year 11 aged Leeds CLA on roll will not need to submit data or provide a nil-return. Pupil Premium Plus (PP+) and HMI Inspections We would like to advise Leeds schools that it is increasingly likely that the Virtual School Head will be contacted directly by one of your schools’ HMI inspection team and we must be able to report your compliance with your statutory duty to share the information we collect through the termly CLA snapshots and any instances of persistent absence, exclusion and reduced timetables. If we can help further with this or any other CLA queries and feedback then please let us know by emailing VirtualSchool@leeds.gov.uk in the first instance. Thank you. Best wishes, Jancis Andrew, Head of the Virtual School for Children Looked After
Leeds for Learning Exhibition 2020 Booking Now! Wednesday 18th March
18 Oct
The annual Leeds for Learning Exhibition at Pudsey Civic Hall showcases the vast range of products, training and services provided by Leeds City Council to schools and settings. With over seventy teams exhibiting, it represents a unique networking opportunity for Headteachers, Senior Leaders, Business Managers, Settings Leaders and Governors from across Leeds and beyond, to discuss the full range of support we offer. High quality, cost-effective, high impact solutions, for all phases of education from Early Years through to FE, enable you to have a positive impact on outcomes whilst making best value for money decisions. At the event, we launch the new 2020/2021 offer and our team will be on hand to discuss how we can tailor our support to match your needs. There will be early bird booking incentives and a free prize draw featuring high value prizes. To book, visit the Leeds for Learning Exhibition page. Refreshments will be served and parking is free. Three events in one! Same day, same venue - go straight from the exhibition: For your convenience, we have arranged the Primary Headteacher and Business Manager Admin Briefings to be held on the same day at the same venue, making it easy for you to attend both. Please note, if you are attending two events on the same day, you will need to book your place at both by following one of the links below Primary Headteacher Briefing Finance Admin Briefing for Business Managers Contact leedsforlearning@leeds.gov.uk for further information or download flyer attached.
SEMH Conference 26 November with Time to Change
18 Oct
Support children with various life transition stages! Statistically, 1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem in any given year. Time to Change is a growing social movement working to change the way we all think and act about mental health problems. They have already reached millions of people and begun to improve attitudes and behaviour. We are delighted to let you know that Jennifer Taylor, the Head of Children and Young People at Time to Change, will be our keynote speaker at the forthcoming SEMH conference on Friday 29 November at Shine in Harehills. Jennifer will be discussing some of the excellent work Time to Change has done to aid key transitional stages within schools. As many primary school children have been visiting high schools recently with the application deadline looming, many families are visiting primaries for their child's first transition into school and our young people are visiting various settings to consider the next stages of their Post 16 lives it is a perfect time of year to plan ahead in order to aid children and young people's Emotional and Mental Health needs during these important transitions. With this type of transition in mined, Paul Cooper, Headteacher of Bishop Young Academy and Sam Eustace, Emotional Health and Wellbeing Leader at Westerton Primary Academy, will both be presenting some of the brilliant work that they do to aid key transitions in their respective schools, building resilience to change. There are many transitional stages in life. Whether transitioning year groups, the transition from primary to secondary or even the dramatic transitions their bodies go through during puberty. Transition can cause great anxiety; the way that key transitional stages are dealt with in school can dramatically effect pupils' mental health and ability to engage with school life. We will also be welcoming teams from: MST to lead a workshop on Transition and the Developing Brain STARS to lead a workshop on Preparing Autistic Students for the Transition into Adulthood Rethink Team to lead a workshop on Supporting Transition with the Rethink Formulation To find out more and book your place visit http://www.leedsforlearning.co.uk/Event/95369
Short Film of Leeds Year of Reading Launch!
14 Oct
The launch of Leeds Year of Reading took place at Shakespeare Primary School on September 12th. At the event, children from Shakespeare and a number of other schools across the city were entertained by Leeds’ own Rainbow Factory, who specialise in stimulating children’s imaginations through storytelling and the creative arts. Music educator Luke Carver Goss also ran a reading themed song writing session with the children. To mark the start of this exciting initiative, the council signed a partnership agreement with the UK’s largest children’s reading charity, BookTrust, who will contribute over £1million in books and resources for children and families in Leeds over the next three years. A short video of the event can be found here.
Are you looking to reward your pupils for some excellent work?
11 Oct
Do you have a school council? Do you want to reward them for their hard work? Do you have classes who have achieved their attendance target? Have some of your pupils reached their behaviour targets? Have any of your pupils achieved something in school, which you want to celebrate? Look no further - West Leeds Activity Centre has it all and can accommodate most if not all requests. From two hour sessions to a full day we can bespoke our offer to your celebration. Why not try our fabulous new rafted canoeing activity? Use our climbing wall, leap of faith and crate stack to challenge your pupils. Our night line, orienteering, assault course and giant water slide are fantastic for team building and communication skills. We also have indoor facilities, including a fully fitted kitchen and conference suite to use whilst you are here. For further information consult our website www.westleedsactivitycentre.co.uk or call us to book 0113 336 7414 Follow us on Twitter and facebook to keep up to date on our activities and offers
Penny Field School celebrate National Poetry Day!
10 Oct
Penny Field School, part of the North West SILC, had a wonderful day celebrating National Poetry Day on 3rd October. They shared various poems and rhymes across all classes, through Sensory Stories, 'Positive Looking Poetry', singing and signing.
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Upcoming Training

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22 Oct
Early Years: Autumn 2019 Early years Foundation Stage leadership forum
This session is targeted at Early Years leaders in the from schools and settings. The forums are led by the EYFS Improvement Manager and Early Years Consultants. It is recommended that where possible coordinators attend the leadership forum in their wedge to facilitate networking.
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22 Oct
Team Teach Basic (12 hours)
We have been working with the national organisation Team-Teach for over 18 years within the authority and have three Senior Advanced Tutors in the Team. We are able to provide Institute of Conflict Management (ICM) accredited training which includes the legal issues and implications of physical control, understanding behaviour, communication skills, de-escalation strategies, support and de-brief systems for children and staff, recording systems and if all else fails, physical intervention strategies.
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22 Oct
Early Years: Paediatric First Aid (2 day)
The EYFS (2017), 3.25 states: ‘At least one person who has a current paediatric first aid certificate must be on the premises and available at all times when children are present and must accompany children on outings. Childminders and any assistant who might be in sole charge of the children for any period of time, must hold a current paediatric first aid certificate...Providers should take into account the number of children, staff and layout of premises to ensure that a paediatric first aider is able to respond to emergencies quickly’. Providers can choose which organisation they wish to provide their first aid training. Our course follows the course outline of St John Ambulance and British Red Cross who are highlighted as 'standard-setters for currently accepted first aid practice', our certificates are for a full course consistent with the criteria set out in Annex A (EYFS 2017). Comments from some of our delegates who work across childcare, education and school settings: • The best PFA course I have done….other PFA courses talked about adults with just bits about children. • A lovely relaxed supportive training session-no pressure applied and both tutors clarified and answered questions over the 2 days. • Mix of practical and theory, supportive, opportunities to ask questions, non-threatening environment created to support all delegates. • The tutors are very professional but made me feel at ease. I will go away with much more confidence than when I started the course. • Being tested individually makes you have to apply what you have been taught. • Great to have a course with tutors who know and understand childminding.
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22 Oct
Leeds for Learning New Store Development Session
The new Store for Leeds for Learning launched on 28th July 2019. This session will explain all of the key features of the new system, and provide clear guidance on how Traded Leads should prepare for their 20/21 Offers.
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22 Oct
Early Years: Autumn 2019 Early years Foundation Stage leadership forum
This session is targeted at Early Years leaders in the from schools and settings. The forums are led by the EYFS Improvement Manager and Early Years Consultants. It is recommended that where possible coordinators attend the leadership forum in their wedge to facilitate networking.
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22 Oct
Secondary: Memory for Learning Network
As a result of the successful action research memory for learning programme the Memory for Learning Network will continue to explore the mystery that is the teenage brain and how our memory works. This series of networks will provide opportunities for leaders to further consider and reflect on how teaching and learning can be adapted to meet the needs of linear exams so that students are able to RETAIN knowledge, REVISE efficiently and RECALL information. This network will explore Bjork's desirable difficulties and Rosenshine's principles of instruction Day 1: 22nd October 2019, 3.30pm- 5.30pm, The Moyes Centre Day 2: 25th February 2020, 3.30pm- 5.30pm, Leeds City Academy Day 3: 29th June 2020, 3.30pm- 5.30pm, Leeds City Academy
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23 Oct
Headteacher Focus Group to Further Develop Email Communications to Schools.
Places are limited, so an early response is recommended. Although there is no charge to attend the group, we request that you accept your invitation by booking a place through this website in order for us to monitor numbers. Participants would need to attend both meetings. If you are unable to take part, we would still love to hear from you, so please send in any thoughts/comments that you would like to be considered to Patsy Lyttle, Schools & Partners Relationship Manager at patsy.lyttle@leeds.gov.uk before Friday 11th October.
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23 Oct
Secondary: Religious Education (RE) Subject Leader Development Meeting
Subject Leader Development Meeting priorities are responsive to national policy changes and the school improvement needs identified by network members and partnership schools’ senior leaders. Strategies developed through the networks are research based and aim to meet our ambition that all students across the partnership have access to consistently high quality teaching and learning. An agenda for the network will be available approximately one month in advance of the meeting.