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Tackling the Big Issues: Spring 2020 Conferences
13 Dec
0 -19 learning Improvement presents TACKLING THE BIG ISSUES SPRING 2020 CONFERENCES considering the latest research and innovations in policies and good practice on the key educational issues. The days will provide attendees with the opportunity to get up-to-date with quality educational content from leading international, national and regional speakers and networking with over 100 leaders. ***REGISTRATION NOW OPEN*** Day 1: Tackling the Big Issues: Curriculum and Assessment Date: Friday 7th February 2020, 8.45am – 3.30pm Venue: Cloth Hall Court, Quebec Street, Leeds, LS1 2HA Keynotes: Professor Dame Alison Peacock is Chief Executive of the Chartered College of Teaching. Tom Sherrington is an education consultant and author of the popular blog teacherhead.com and The Learning Rainforest. Andrew Percival is a deputy head teacher and curriculum leader in a primary school in Oldham. He tweets @primarypercival and blogs at primarypercival.weebly.com. Day 2: Tackling the Big Issues: Changing Behaviours Date: Friday 13th March 2020, 8.45am – 3.30pm Venue: Cloth Hall Court, Quebec Street, Leeds, LS1 2HA Keynotes: Tom Bennett is a teacher and the Department for Education's independent adviser on behaviour in schools. He is also the founder of researchED, a teacher-led organisation working to improve the use of evidence in education. Daniel Muijs is Head of Research at Ofsted and will explore the behaviour and attitudes judgement. Both days will provide head teachers, senior leaders, year leaders, curriculum leaders and governors with the opportunity to receive the latest updates with quality educational content from leading international, national and regional speakers and as well as having the opportunity to network with over a 100 leaders. Lunch and refreshments are included. Cost: 1st place: £175 2nd place: £125 For more details including workshop choices, please visit: Curriculum and Assessment: http://www.leedsforlearning.co.uk/Event/107218 Changing behaviours: http://www.leedsforlearning.co.uk/Event/107243
Shortbreaks After School Club and Holiday Club at WLAC
13 Dec
We have Shortbreaks funding to work with Children and Young People at West Leeds Activity Centre with additional needs. On a Thursday evenings we run an after school club 4pm – 6.30pm in term time and in February Half term we will be running a holiday club 16th – 20th of February 2020 – 9.30am – 4pm. We offer an exciting programme of outdoor adventurous activities with lunch or dinner depending on the sessions. We are taking referrals now for next term for both the holiday and evening clubs. We are also hoping to start a Saturday morning provision from April on wards subject to funding. The cost for our Thursday evening After School Club is £10 and our Holiday club is £18 per day. Transport is on application. For more information contact us on 0113 3367414 or email westleedsactivitycentre@leeds.gov.uk
Free Cooking and Activity Sessions for Pupils and Parents
13 Dec
Calling all schools in the following clusters: ACES, 2gether, Inner East, Lantern Learning Trust, JESS, Beeston, Cottingley and Middleton, Seacroft Manston and Templenewsam Halton Health4all are offering your school the opportunity to get involved in FREE sessions, where families can take part in healthy cooking, physical activity, receive healthy living advice and participate in fun Change4Life challenges. T his project is aimed at schools in the above clusters due to their level of child obesity rates currently above the Leeds average. The project is funded by Leeds City Council, Public Health Team and is part of the child healthy weight plan to reduce the levels of child obesity in Leeds There are different options available to suit your school and tailor-made sessions can also be offered. Please see the attached information - this is just a guide, however, and support is flexible so please contact the team to arrange to have a chat about how they can support your school. For more information please contact: Richard on 07958100383/ richard.weaver@healthforall.org.uk or Camilla.Limon@healthforall.org.uk
Teaching Apprenticeships Opportunity
13 Dec
Exceed SCITT, in partnership with Leeds City Council, is delighted to be able to offer a number of Teaching Apprenticeships in the Primary Sector. A Teaching Apprenticeship offers an exciting opportunity for graduates within your school to earn a salary whilst they train. The Key Features of the Teaching Apprenticeship: On and Off the job training Access to dedicated training sessions provided by Exceed SCITT and its training providers Training costs are fully funded through Employer Levy Funds In addition, schools are eligible to Grant Funding of £4,500 A choice of age ranges, 3-7 or 5-11 If you are interested then there is detailed information for both employers and applications at https://exceedacademiestrust.co.uk/scitt/teaching-apprenticeships/ In order to arrange funding please contact the Leeds City Council Apprenticeship Team on apprenticeships@leeds.gov.uk Information events are being held on: 14th January: Chapel Allerton Primary School, Leeds. 2:00-3:00 22nd January: Hunslet Carr Primary School, Leeds. 10.30-11.30 Book your place here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/exceed-scitt-and-teaching-schools-8310978442
Short Breaks Activity Residential Weekends Aimed at Leeds pupils aged 9 – 17yrs with learning difficulties
12 Dec
Opportunities for children and young people to enjoy a busy social weekend of outdoor activity helping them make new friends, participate in new experiences and have fun. These weekends give parents/carers a break and assure them their child is cared for by the experienced and nurturing Herd Farm team. SENCO’s are encouraged to contact Herd Farm for more information or a visit. Two dates left for this financial year 7th – 9th February and 13th – 15th March 2020 with 6 more dates to be released in the New Year. For more information please contact herdfarm@leeds.gov.uk or 0113 3783088 “We just wanted to say a big thank you to you all as Miranda loved the weekend so much! She enjoyed everything and said was 10 out of 10.” Mum. “Thank you very much to you and all the staff/helpers. Thanks Herd Farm for a wonderful weekend away for Gemma. She had a really lovely time and I am very proud of how well she did with short notice. She would love to attend whenever the opportunity arises.” Mum.
Is your school oversubscribed for Duke of Edinburgh in 2020?
12 Dec
Herd Farm is a Duke of Edinburgh Open Awards Centre and is taking enquiries now. Let your adventure begin with us. The Duke of Edinburgh Award is widely respected and helps students stand out from the crowd. Herd Farm has an experienced team ready to support pupils throughout 2020. Contact Herd Farm for Bronze, Silver & Gold courses with enrolment opportunities up to the end of February 2020. Our rates for 2020 are - Bronze £130 Silver £290 Gold £315 “Just wanted to thank you and Chris for all your support this weekend, they had a wonderful time and it has been a really valuable experience.” Recent quote from a participant’s parent For enquiries and details of our programme dates contact herdfarm@leeds.gov.uk or 0113 3783088
Is your school thinking about Outdoor Adventurous Activities?
11 Dec
Why not use our fantastic resources in West Leeds? Do you have groups of children in school who would benefit from being outdoors, particularly any SEMH children? We can offer an amazing array of outdoor activities to suit all needs and abilities. Our Rafted Canoeing, Climbing, Bushcraft,Giant Waterslide and Archery activities go down well with any age group. Call, email or message us now to book a series of activities, a one off celebration event or planning your transition work. Contact us on 0113 3367414 or email westleedsactivitycentre@leeds.gov.uk “Kids loved it, all really enjoyed it. Different and fun for them” Teacher from Pudsey Grangefield
Free Activity Sessions for your school
11 Dec
Calling all Head teachers in Outer North West, Inner and Outer West, Inner East and Outer South of the city. We still have fully funded opportunities to come to your school with the activities from the West Leeds Activity Centre – Mobile Climbing Tower, Bushcraft, Gladiator and Sumo. Children need to be 8 years or older, min group size is 8 and sessions need to take place after 3pm. Call, message or email now to book an activity session before 31st March 2020. Telephone number 0113 3367414 or email westleedsactivitycentre@leeds.gov.uk “I liked the experience because I pushed myself even when I was scared” - Pupil taking part in activity
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Upcoming Training

07
07 Jan
The New Leeds RE syllabus: briefing for schools
This twilight session will offer a succinct explanation of the RE syllabus and its main content, together with guidance on how to plan an effective and inspiring curriculum at primary or secondary level. Participants will receive a folder of electronic resources, including the syllabus and as election of units of work.
08
08 Jan
Early Years: Nurturing and Inspiring 2 Year Olds as Learners- A Partnership Approach to Quality and Achievement
This course will provide leaders and practitioners with the inspiration and skills to develop high quality practice and provision for 2 year olds.
08
08 Jan
Early Years: Analysing children’s attainment and progress across the Early Years Foundation Stage
This course will enable you to feel confident in the purpose of analysing children’s attainment and progress, and suggest ways of how this information can inform planning, provision and practice. This could be the course for you.
09
09 Jan
Becoming an Emotional Literacy Support Assistants (ELSA)
This course will train delegates to become ELSAs and deliver the ELSA intervention in their school. The ELSA project is based on the principle that emotional difficulties are a barrier to learning and that being given a chance to explore these difficulties within the context of a safe and supportive relationship increases children's resilience. When children can better recognise and self-manage their emotions they have improved emotional well-being and they are better able to access the national curriculum/educational opportunities. The ELSA intervention can be used with children and young people who have both temporary and long-term emotional needs. It can take place with small groups or with individuals. ELSA training increases the capacity of staff to identify needs, intervene and help create positive change for the children and young people they work with. PLEASE NOTE: there is an expectation that time and resources will be made available to the ELSA in order to enable their ongoing work; this includes the purchase of ongoing supervision from the Educational Psychology Team on completion of the course.
09
09 Jan
Individual Pupil Risk Assessment (IPRA)
The first part of the day will involve working through key documents including the Equality Act, Health and Safety at Work Act, Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations and recent case law. We will consider the question around when to put an IPRA in place, the relationship between IPRAs and IHCPs, and other key documents and services that feed into or inform the IPRA document. The second part of the day will be working on the wording of hazards to ensure effective controls can be written, then moving onto the accurate calculation of risk ratings for the hazards. A key addition to the training is the interactive quality assurance where the delegates will work in small groups to assess a selection of IPRAs and make a judgement as to the quality of those IPRAs. The day will consist of individual work as well as small group and whole group work.
09
09 Jan
Primary: Early Career Leadership and Professional Learning Programme
This programme will take place over four days across the academic year, split into twilights, half day and full day training events. It is expected that delegates will attend all the sessions. Delegates will be required to keep a reflective log throughout the programme, gathering case studies and to share their journey during the final twilight in the summer 2020. To ensure this programme challenges thinking and promotes self-evaluation, participants will be required to have a mentor in school and will also be linked to a school improvement consultant. There is an expectation that mentors will attend the initial and final twilight sessions.
09
09 Jan
Primary: KS1 statutory assessment and reporting 1 (half day, am)
This training session will inform teachers of statutory requirements and responsibilities and give an overview of current effective assessment practice in light of the assessment framework and statutory end of key stage 1 performance descriptors. The session will involve the use of key statutory guidance and it would help greatly if you could take with you the following documents: • Key stage 1 Assessment and reporting arrangements (ARA) • Key stage 1 Teacher assessment frameworks • Pre-Key stage 1 teacher assessment frameworks • Key stage 1 Teacher assessment guidance These documents can be downloaded from www.gov.uk
09
09 Jan
Preparing for Ofsted Inspection - the New Framework
9.00-9.15 - Arrival, refreshments and welcome • Main changes to the handbooks • Preparation: - the 90 minute phone call/s - the 15 documents needed for 8am on day one • "The Quality of Education" - intent, implementation and impact - deep diving to gather evidence • Sharing the process of triangulation with the school community • The most up to date information from new inspections that have happened in the Autumn term 2019 • Variety of helpful documents to aid planning and preparation for the inspection 11.45-12.00 - Reflection and next steps “Very informative, given us focus and next steps, good to have an open forum to speak openly and honestly.” “Well structured, time to discuss, simple action planning, up to date.”