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18 Apr
We are on the brink of summer and to celebrate, ArtForms Arts Development are offering schools the opportunity to access discounted training. All schools that book a delegate place on Art in the Natural Environment (£125 per delegate) can book a delegate place on Get Drawing for a reduced price of £95. Both training courses will develop delegates understanding of the Art, Craft and Design programme of study through practical activities. They are suitable for primary school class teachers and/or primary Art subject leaders. If you have any questions about this offer please contact jane.zanzottera@leeds.gov.uk
Governor Conference: Beyond the Core!
16 Apr
We are pleased to let you know that the annual governor conference is now live for booking: Beyond the Core - the New Ofsted Education Inspection Framework, reducing staff workload and increasing staff wellbeing. Friday 14 June 2019 12noon – 4pm. Leeds Civic Hall Banquet Suite. Places are only £50 per delegate for Leeds' Schools with lunch provided. Changes to the Ofsted Inspection Framework We are delighted to inform you that we will be joined by: - Erica Hiorns, one of our highly experienced School Improvement Advisors Erica will be informing us about the forthcoming changes to the Education Inspection Framework. - Jon Hairsine, NLG Advocate and Vice Chair of Bankside Primary Bankside Primary took part in a recent trial of the new Education Inspection Framework so Jon will be letting us know what it was like first hand and what governors can expect. Reducing Staff Workload and increasing staff wellbeing The conference will mark the launch of our new online staff wellbeing survey for schools and we are fortunate to be able to welcome: - The Health and Safety and Wellbeing Service (Schools), Leeds City Council and a representative from a school who have used the survey. Governors will be informed about the new city-wide online staff wellbeing survey which has been developed in conjunction with the Health and Wellbeing Service, Governor Support Service and the Health and Safety Service. Governors will learn how it can be used in a similar way to ever popular pupil ‘My Health, My School’ survey to gain an understanding of staff wellbeing and resilience in order to provide schools with some steer towards understanding staff retention and recruitment in the teaching profession across the city. - Jane Hough – DfE, Policy Adviser, Teacher Workload and Impact on Schools Team Jane will attending on behalf of the DfE to inform governors what the new Workload Reduction Toolkit entails and how it can be used to support the outcomes of your staff wellbeing survey and how governors can influence and monitor what the school is doing to reduce teacher workload and improve staff wellbeing and retention. We hope that you are able to join us on what promises to be a very informative and interesting afternoon which will help to set governors up for the next academic year. Book your place here or e mail us: education.governors@leeds.gov.uk We look forward to seeing you on Friday 14 June at 12noon!
Herd Farm and Farsley Springbank Primary make the News!
11 Apr
We were very proud to see the full page review of Herd Farm Residential and Activity Centre in March 16th’s edition of the Yorkshire Post. The full article, which features Centre Manager Tony Edwards, along with pupils from Farsley Springbank Primary receiving tuition in archery and using the mountain bikes, and provides further details about the facilities on offer, is downloadable on this page.
Changes to Teaching Relationships Education – Frequently Asked Questions
08 Apr
Further to recent changes in legislation, from September 2020, all primary schools in England will be required to teach Relationships Education, and all secondary schools in England will be required to teach Relationships and Sex Education. At primary level, all schools will be required to teach about different families, which can include LGBT families, and at secondary level all schools will be required to teach about sexual orientation and gender identity. We’re aware that some MATs and schools have received enquiries from some parents and carers who are concerned about the introduction of these statutory subjects, and about LGBT-inclusive teaching more broadly. Stonewall Equality have produced some useful guidance ‘FAQs Responding to Queries on RSE and LGBT inclusion in schools’ to help you to respond to these enquiries. Please feel free to adapt these answers to support your engagement with parents and carers. You may also find useful the Leeds City Council ‘Gender Identity Guidance for Schools and Children and Families Services’ which was published in December 2018. (You will find downloadable versions of both documents attached to this article.) For any further advice, support and guidance relating to Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education please contact the Health & Wellbeing Service at Schoolwellbeing@leeds.gov.uk
Safeguarding Training Courses 2019-2020
01 Apr
Planned training courses available to book in the 2019 - 2020 academic year.