There are delegate places still available for the final conference in the three part Social, Emotional & Mental Health (SEMH) series, Suicide Prevention: Everybody’s Business, which will be held at Leeds Civic Hall on the 8th May 2019. The conference series is a partnership between the Health & Wellbeing Service, Northpoint Wellbeing and NHS CCG Partnership.
The aim of the event is to increase knowledge around local and national services that provide support around suicide ideation and suicide bereavement, exploring prevention strategies that can be employed in schools to create a whole-school approach to mental health and the importance of the school’s response to suicide. We would like to emphasise that this conference is relevant for primary settings, both for children at risk of suicide and those bereaved by suicide.
Our keynote speaker will be Raminder Aujla from the Education & Early Years Safeguarding Team who will be speaking about local and national guidance regarding suicide (including PAPYRUS Safer Schools Guide), suicide ideation and why school suicide prevention is vital. Andrew Greenway from Andy's Man Club will also be speaking about the work they do in the community to prevent male suicide.
The MindMate Ambassadors will host a discussion with Chloe Bellerby around their experiences and we will have carousel sessions on topics including creating a strong bereavement policy and the Leeds suicide prevention action plan.
Delegates will get the opportunity to attend two of the following workshops (CAMHs workshops must be taken together):
- Suicidal thoughts and acts: assessing risk (CAMHs)
- Suicidal thoughts and acts: managing risk (CAMHs)
- Supporting children, young people and families after a suicide (Leeds Suicide Bereavement Service)
- Suicide prevention: a waved approach (Educational Psychologist Service)
MindMate registered settings can attend the event at the subsidised rate of £20 per delegate, making it an opportunity not to be missed. Alternatively, if you would like to share the best practise of your setting regarding suicide within a carousel session, you can get two free delegate places for the conference. If this interests you, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
To book onto the conference, click here.
Arooj Creative Writing Awards Ceremony 2019:
Pupils who have been taking part in a creative writing competition were awarded for their poetic and literary efforts at a civic ceremony on Tuesday 12th March. Hundreds of children from primary schools across the city submitted entries into the Arooj creative writing competition, with 26 pupils being short listed as potential winners. The winner in each category was announced at a special ceremony at Leeds Civic Hall.
The competition, which is in its ninth year, is organised by Leeds City Council’s Learning Improvement team. It is part of a project which aims to increase attainment in pupils of Pakistani and Bangladeshi heritage and is open to all primary aged pupils in Leeds. The Arooj project works closely with 12 primary schools which have the largest populations of these pupils to help close the gap in attainment. This year’s theme for the competition was “My Perfect World”.
Entertainment was provided by pupils from Arooj schools and ranged from Indian dancing (Bankside and Carr Manor PS) to singing (Hunslet Moor PS) and poetry recital (Bankside PS).
Councillor Lisa Mulherin, Leeds City Council’s executive member for children and families, said:
“There are a lot of talented young people in Leeds and it is clear that a lot of hard work has gone into creating the lovely poems, calligraphy and stories which have been entered into the competition.
Creativity is a skill that brings happiness not just to the individual pupils but to their families and friends as well and it is wonderful to see that creativity nurtured and encouraged with such fantastic results. A massive well done to everyone who entered!”
Councillor Jonathan Pryor, Leeds City Council’s executive member for learning, skills and employment, said:
“We want all children in Leeds to perform to the best of their ability. Projects like this make education fun, interesting and relevant and encourage pupils to look at their own heritage and community as a source of creativity and inspiration to take them through life.”
Winners in each category:
Best calligraphy in the KS1 age group: Michelle Feriova Gasparova from Bracken Edge Primary School
Best poetry prize in the KS1 category: Ruben Hadley, Carr Manor Community School
Best short story in the KS1 category: Eva De Sousa Andrade, New Bewerley Community School
The best calligraphy prize in lower KS2: Max Woods, Carr Manor Primary School
The best poetry prize in lower KS2: Honey Akingbemila, Hovingham Primary School
The best short story prize in lower KS2: Maria Begum, Bankside Primary School
The best calligraphy prize in upper KS2: Alisha Khan, Pudsey Bolton Royd Primary School
The best poetry prize in upper KS2: Lauren King, Carr Manor Primary School
The best short story prize in upper KS2: Aicha Fofana, Hunslet Moor Primary School
Leeds for Learning Directory 2019-20
We are delighted to launch the new and improved Leeds for Learning Service Directory 2019-20. Many of the services will be familiar to you but there are also updates to existing services and information about a number of new ones. We hope that this helps you find information about the services you wish to purchase in the new financial year.
Changes to Teaching Relationships Education – Frequently Asked Questions
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
Leeds Primary Schools' Singing Support Pack
The Leeds Primary Schools’ Singing Support Pack has been developed as part of Leeds Music Education Partnership’s city-wide Singing Strategy 2018-2020, and a copy has been presented to every School in Leeds.
The pack is designed to help schools put singing at the heart of school life and contains six carefully chosen songs. There is something for younger voices, older children, assembly singing, opportunities for improvisation, learning musical vocabulary… the list is endless. With plenty of tips to help teach the songs and lots of activities (both musical and cross-curricular), the Leeds Primary Schools' singing pack is a must-have resource for every music leader. Each song is also available to digitally download – just follow the instructions at the back of the book.
If you have not yet received your free copy, please contact Paula Brookes on email@example.com or 0113 3782850