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Blackgates Primary School part of Yorkshire Sculpture International
21 Jan
Last year, Leeds Art Gallery and artist, Emily Binks, worked together with Blackgates Primary School as part of Yorkshire Sculpture International. The theme of the project was relationships and Emily created a series of workshops which used art as a way of developing the children’s self confidence, communication skills and trust in each other. The project involved visits to Leeds Art Gallery; half term holiday workshops and the installation of the sculpture, The Cricketer by Barry Flanagan, located in the school hall for a day. Particpation in the project saw the children develop their skills of working together in collaboration and they became more likely to ‘have a go’ without the need for a right or wrong answer. To find out more about the project and hear from the artist, the class teacher and the children, here’s a short film about the project.
Late cancellation full board activity residential opportunity at Herd Farm this March
21 Jan
Late cancellation full board activity residential opportunity at Herd Farm this March 16.00 Wednesday 25th – 14.00 Friday 27th March 2020. SAVE WITH THIS LATE BOOKING SPECIAL - £2000 ex vat for up to 36. Outdoor learning is often the best tool to reinvigorate young people, this is proved time and time again in teacher, school and parent evaluations. Improvements are seen across the board in: · - Character - Resilience - Self-belief - Motivation.· - Social,emotional and communication skills. In addition, we help them build Positive, healthy attitudes and a growth mindset. Which enables young people go on to make improved progress at school and become more successful in the future. For more information or to get in touch please contact Herd Farm on 0113 3783088 or email herdfarm@leeds.gov.uk
New 2020/21 traded offers available to buy from 19th February
21 Jan
We are delighted to announce that the new offers for schools and settings for 2020/21 will be released during the half term break via the Leeds for Learning website on Wednesday 19th February. These can be purchased via the Store, which many of you will now be familiar with. The Store has been created to improve your experience when browsing, purchasing and authorising financial transactions through Leeds for Learning and is accessed via a new tab from your Leeds for Learning home page. From here you can search for, and order from, our existing range of contracts/ SLAs and adhoc services and products. Our aim is to offer you an improved customer journey and we hope that you will find these changes beneficial. The Store has been designed to provide a familiar ordering experience consistent with other online shopping providers. User guides were sent out to all school Business Managers in September and can be downloaded form the School Business Manager User Guide resources area on Leeds for Learning. Benefits of the New Store Annual Ordering – This option replaces some of the ‘quick buy’ functions by pulling together all items purchased in the previous year to save you time. Click on here to see what you purchased last year. Store Search – Dedicated searches mean that you can get to the item(s) you want much faster. Increased Detail and Images - New offers will include more detail and images to support you to make informed decisions about the items you wish to purchase. Shopping Basket – A much improved and more interactive way of displaying the items you are ordering, each item can be clicked to see further detail. We continue to review and refresh our offer to better match your changing needs, and so, although many of the packages will be familiar to you, you will find a wide range of updated products and services, plus a number of brand new additions – all designed to support you in continuing to improve outcomes for children and young people. From Wednesday 19th February, you will be able to visit the website and book from the exciting range of professional packages – many of which will be offered at an Early Bird discount rate. (All early bookings will be invoiced in the new financial year, from 1st April 2020 onwards). Please remember also that, as well as what is available on the website, many of our teams provide a bespoke service and would be delighted to discuss tailoring any of our products specifically to suit the needs of your particular school or setting. If you have any queries regarding the new Store, please do not hesitate to contact our team who will be happy to help, leedsforlearning@leeds.gov.uk
Leeds period poverty scheme - update
20 Jan
For the past year, Leeds City Council has been developing ‘Thriving’, a child poverty strategy for the city. An important strand of this is a scheme to help eliminate period poverty in Leeds; an issue which has been identified nationally as having a negative impact on school attendance for some young people. Following a pilot scheme with Carr Manor Community School and the University of Leeds to investigate this impact, and with the support of Child Friendly Leeds ambassadors, a sustainable supply of free period products has been established in schools, community hubs, one stop shops and libraries across the city. The products are currently supplied in unbranded packaging. However, from spring 2020, free tampons and pads will be provided for all schools in colourful packaging designed by a young person in Leeds. A free, supporting App for the scheme is also in development. If you would like free products to be delivered to your school, please email: Emma.Bansal@leeds.gov.uk. Each case contains 12 packs of 13 pads, and will be delivered each month unless you run out or have an oversupply- in which case, please email Emma.Bansal@leeds.gov.uk. The government’s ‘Period product scheme for schools and colleges in England’ has also now been launched (20 January 2010), so schools can participate in both the Leeds and national schemes. Period poverty is a circumstance that no one should have to experience and work to combat this will continue in Leeds. Our approach will provide a sustainable, needs-led solution that tackles the stigma around periods and period poverty, and provides free period products to those who cannot access them in Leeds, distributed throughout a variety of locations and provisions, with the Leeds products also being available over the school holidays. If you have any questions, please email Thriving@leeds.gov.uk.
Cooking and Nutrition Education Conference - Tuesday 31st March
20 Jan
Be prepared for an Osfted deep dive and ensure that your curriculum meets the new statutory requirements. Bring food education to life in partnership with the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) The Health and Wellbeing Service at Leeds City Council, in conjunction with the BNF, are bringing this exciting and innovative event to Leeds, following on from the success of the 2019 National Food and Nutrition Education Conference. The event will take place on Tuesday 31 March 08:30 - 3:30pm at Elland Road Stadium. The conference will include learning on the NEW Health Education Curriculum, Ofsted and preparing for a deep dive in Nutrition and Cooking. The conference is aimed at ALL teachers across the country regardless of career stage and will provide insight into the national food and nutrition issues that impact the lives and education of children and young people. There will be presentations and workshops being delivered by Roy Ballam, Frances Meek and Claire Theobald of the British Nutrition Foundation in the fields of: nutrition education, planning schemes of work, where food comes from, food safety, classroom management, careers and practical cooking. Book your place HERE
Free Growing Kits for Schools
16 Jan
Grow Your Own Potatoes project. Schools can apply for up to four free growing kits, for four classes to take part. The free growing kit includes everything needed to grow two crops of potatoes: Instruction leaflet, including classroom poster with key dates 2 x nets of seed potatoes (national and regional) 2 x HADO grow-bags Chitting tray – this is built into the lid of the box Once they have grown their potatoes, schools can enter the competition for a chance to win prizes - there are different competition categories based on the weight of potato crops and largest individual potatoes grown. Schools need to register by 24 January 2020 in order to qualify. Here is a link to an email promoting the project: http://email.schoolcommunications.co.uk/rsps/m/4SjY8Gp33yGgiP_TVEyiKw Register today here - https://growyourownpotatoes.org.uk/about-gyop/register/
The Foyle Schools Library Scheme
15 Jan
The Foyle Foundation is an independent grant making trust that distributes grants to UK charities and state funded schools! They welcome applications from across the country and encourage applications from all areas outside London and the South East. Since it became operational in November 2001, The Foundation has disbursed £99.8M in grants (up to 31st December 2018). The Foyle School Library Scheme accepts applications from state funded schools in the United Kingdom. The scheme recognises that there is no statutory requirement for schools to have a library and that many school libraries are in a poor state through underfunding and underdevelopment. Encouraging children to read widely from an early age will provide a major boost to improving literacy levels, which is a key educational objective. Priority is given to primary schools. We do not consider applications to the Foyle School Library Scheme from nursery/early years only establishments. Secondary schools and sixth form colleges are eligible, but primary schools are a higher priority. Given that secondary schools are usually larger than primary schools with more resources, we would recommend submitting a more targeted application (please contact the Grants Team if you would like further advice). Newly set up schools with little track record or detail of literacy needs are less of a priority and we advise waiting until you have this information before applying. Schools can apply for between £1,000 and £10,000. Priority, and the majority of given funds, will be awarded for library/reading books. Some funding towards e-readers can be considered if a justifiable need is explained within the application. We will not fund textbooks or curriculum books, nor will we fund classroom dictionaries and thesauruses (your request may include just a couple of dictionaries/thesauruses for the library to support reading skills). The Foundation will also consider contributions towards library software, necessary IT equipment and furniture etc. in order to create a suitable library space, although these should be a minority of the funds requested - the majority of funding should be requested for books/reading materials. We do not generally fund salaries or training costs. Structural building costs will not usually be considered. For further information check out their website: http://www.foylefoundation.org.uk/how-to-apply/state-schools.php
Summer Adventure Opportunity For Care Experienced Young People
15 Jan
Child Friendly Leeds Enrichment Team have been working in partnership with the Outward Bound Trust (OBT) for the last five years to provide life changing opportunities for care experienced young people in Leeds. OBT offer summer adventure courses, ranging from 7 – 19 days, that are attended by 15 – 19 year olds from across the UK and Europe. As part of the partnership, they have offered us places at a discounted price and then we apply for funding to further subsidise the places. This year, OBT have offered us 4 places on their 7 day course and 4 places on their 19 day course and eligible young people can apply for these. We are hosting an event on Thursday 16 January, 4.30 – 6pm at Slung Low, The Working Men's Club, Holbeck, Leeds, LS11.9QX. The event is for all care experienced young people (who will be aged 15 – 19 in July/Aug 2020) who are interested in participating in the Outward Bound Trust summer courses 2020. The event is also for colleagues including supervising social workers, PAs, carers or other support workers including those from residential care who work with young people who might be interested in applying to be on the summer programmes. At the launch night, there will be a Q&A with the young people who attended the summer programme last year and the OBT staff. We’ll also be providing a light buffet for all attendees. The benefits that the young people experience on completing the course include increased self-confidence, improved self-worth and a sense of achievement that encourages them to take part in further activities or do something else to change or improve their lives. Please e-mail cflenrichment@leeds.gov.uk to book places at the event – we just need your name and the names and ages of any young people you intend to bring and any dietary requirements you may have. If you are unable to attend the launch event but know of young people whom might be interested in applying for the summer programme, please contact cflenrichment@leeds.gov.uk as the deadline for completed applications is 31 January 2020.
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Upcoming Training

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22 Jan
Mental Health First Aid Training (Adults)
This is a comprehensive awareness and skills course, which includes a mix of presentations, discussions and group work activities. "Helen has such a wealth of experience which allows her to teach very effectively. I would highly recommend this course. I have learnt new skills to be able to support anyone suffering with mental health. A fabulous 2 days, get yourself booked on it!" Business Manager at Hollybush Primary School. "A really insightful and supportive course which has given me a much greater understanding of mental health and how I can support people more effectively. Helen's own experiences and brilliant, open personality made the course highly accessible and enjoyable too. A must for anyone and everyone" Headteacher at Spring Bank Primary School.
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22 Jan
Early years and Primary: Introduction to Early Years Foundation Stage for teachers and practitioners new to the Early Years
This course offers an introduction to high quality teaching and learning in nursery and reception classes. Participants are introduced to the ‘Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage', ‘Early Years Outcomes’ and 'Development Matters’ guidance materials, which underpin learning and development from birth to five. The course provides an overview of quality learning in the EY and explores the ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning.' Guidance on developing an enabling emotional and physical environment, effective observation practice, assessment and planning systems, to secure children’s progress, are included. Previous delegates evaluations included... 'I finished the course feeling very positive!' 'I am a lot clearer now and more confident to teach within the EY.'
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22 Jan
Primary & Early Years: EYFS Profile Assessment Training - for teachers new to EYFS & the early years framework.
This training has been devised to support teachers who are new to, or returning to early years. We will look at key elements of assessment both at the end of EYFS as well as the periodic summative assessments necessary to support accurate assessment throughout the year. In order to plan effectively for all learners accurate assessment is essential.
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22 Jan
Team Teach Foundation Course (1 Day)
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. We can deliver ‘emergency’ care and control sessions around specific pupils - these are delivered to a small number of staff supporting an individual pupil and are provided with the expectation that those staff will undertake the full Team-Teach training package shortly afterwards. These sessions will include support with individual pupil risk assessments (IPRAs) and positive behaviour support plans (PBSPs) where appropriate.
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22 Jan
Safer Recruitment & Single Central Register Administration
Short half-day training for school staff who are responsible for the Single Central Register (SCR)
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22 Jan
Evidencing the graduated approach to support SENDIF, EYFFI and EHCP applications
This training will support you in evidencing your graduated response which will support a funding [ SENDIF / EYFFI ] or EHCP request. Evidence will be drawn from the SEN systems and pro-formas you as a good Senco will already have e.g. ? SEN Support Plans ? Provision Maps ? ISAR Reviews ? Good quality observations ? Assessment, Monitoring & Tracking (SENCO systems are discussed in more detail in SEN – Early Years SENCO Training see Leeds for Learning for details)
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22 Jan
Governor - Understanding Data - Primary Focus for Governors
This session will help governors to challenge and support their school's leadership team in their efforts to bring about school improvement. It will inform governors how they can obtain and understand objective data with a particular focus on Analyse School Performance (ASP) and the Inspection Data Summary Report (IDSR). This is a vital part of the role of a governor, particularly those who are part of the Teaching and Learning committee, in part to satisfy the requirements of Ofsted.
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23 Jan
Meeting the needs of children with SpLD and Literacy difficulties (Secondary)
Day One This session studies the Rose Definition of Dyslexia and explores how this can help schools to identify specific difficulties individuals experience with dyslexia. Course Tutors demonstrate the use of relevant standardised and formative assessment and introduce an audit and action plan for the school around dyslexia Day Two This session explores good practice and provision for pupils with SpLD (Dyslexia) Course Tutors model strategies to promote inclusion in quality first teaching, look at intervention and consider how changes to policy and practice can have a positive impact on learners with dyslexia. Delegates are given a file of resources to support the training and on-going good practice in school.