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Coronavirus – Updated Advice 25th Feb to all Early Years Providers, Schools and Further Education Providers
25 Feb
Date: 25th February 2020 Dear Headteacher, Re: COVID–19 Advice for schools and educational settings You may be aware that advice for travellers from affected areas has recently changed and it has come to our attention that this may affect children and staff returning from school trips. Please be aware that this is a fast evolving situation and we will continue to share any new advice at the earliest opportunity. As of today (25th February) advice for returning travellers is as follows; 1) If you have returned from the following areas since February 19, call NHS111 to inform them of your recent travel, stay indoors and avoid contact with other people even if you do not have symptoms: ·Iran Specific lockdown areas in Northern Italy* as designated by the Government of Italy Daegu or Cheongdo, Republic of Korea Hubei province, China (returned in the past 14 days) Bertonico • Casalpusterlengo • Castelgerundo • Castiglione D'Adda • Codogno • Fombio • Maleo • San Fiorano • Somaglia • Terranova dei Passerini: • Vo 2) If you have returned from the following areas since February 19th and develop symptoms, however mild, you should stay indoors at home and avoid contact with other people immediately and call NHS111. You do not need to follow this advice if you have no symptoms. · Northern Italy Vietnam Cambodia Laos Myanmar 3) If you have returned to the UK from any of the following areas in the last 14 days and develop symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath, you should immediately stay indoors and avoid contact with other people, call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the country. Other parts of China outside Hubei province Thailand Japan Republic of Korea Hong Kong Taiwan Singapore Malaysia Macau Further guidance for educational settings has been published at the following links and will be updated as soon as possible with the above advice and any further changes: :https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19 Information for the public: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public Yours sincerely Helen McAuslane Consultant in Health Protection Public Health England
LGBT+ writing competition for 11-16 year olds!
25 Feb
Councillor Hannah Bithell Leeds City Council’s elected member Champion for LGBT+ is running this writing competition in conjunction with Leeds LGBT+ Literature Festival 2020 with the aims of celebrating Leeds’ diverse community and combatting homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in schools. Leeds LGBT+ Book Club is running the Leeds LGBT+ Literature Festival 2020 in July 2020, at which entrants’ work may be showcased. We hope that teachers will consider publicising this competition among their Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 pupils, who have the chance of winning a £25 voucher! Entrants are asked to write a piece of fiction, non-fiction or poetry of up to 500 words, focusing on the theme of LGBT+ heroes. This can be any interpretation of ‘hero’. Some ideas include: The theme of LGBT History Month 2020: ‘Poetry, Prose and Plays’ – has an LGBT+ author, poet or performer inspired you or someone you know? People who have helped bring positive change for the LGBT+ community – historic figures, prominent figures or a neighbour? Coming out – was a friend, teacher or family member a hero to you or someone else when coming out? Bullying – have you witnessed someone standing up against bullying of someone in the LGBT+ community? Love to draw? We would love to see your artwork alongside your written work. Be it a picture to accompany text or that you want to create a comic, all styles are welcome Entrants do not need to identify as LGBT+ to make a submission. The competition opens on 1st March and closes on 31st March 2020. For the full information pack, please visit www.leeds.gov.uk/CreativeWritingCompetition; or email hannah.bithell@leeds.gov.uk and include ‘Competition information’ in the subject line. Good Luck!
Regional Educational Conference Programme - New Conferences for Primary and Secondary
25 Feb
At Leeds for Learning, we are committed to providing a range of high quality, outcomes focused, support, advice, training and networking opportunities to schools and settings from across the Yorkshire region and beyond. As part of that commitment, our programme of high profile conferences continues to grow and develop in line with the changing needs of schools. Thank you to those of you who attended February's Curriculum and Assessment Conference. We were delighted to receive such overwhelmingly positive feedback: ‘An excellent day in every respect.’ ‘Excellent knowledge of speakers linked to research.’ ‘Thank you for an excellent course which was both affirming and inspiring.’ ‘A great day. My head is full of exciting ideas about how to continue our curriculum journey. Thank you.’ ‘Loved the whole day. Could have been across two days with even longer spent on each element!’ ‘Great range of speakers – different view but similar theme’ ‘All key notes were fantastic and I found the day really informative.’ ‘Really enjoyed today – had time to think as everything linked perfectly. I came with my AHT & wish I’d also brought my two DHTSs. ‘ Please get in touch if you would like any additional information about the support that is available around curriculum development - leedsforlearning@leeds.gov.uk Forthcoming Key Conferences for Primary and Secondary Professionals Primary and Secondary: Cooking and Nutrition Education Conference 31/03/2020 09:30 - 15:30 Elland Road Stadium, Elland Road, Leeds, LS11 0ES. Be prepared for an Ofsted deep dive and ensure that your curriculum meets the new statutory requirements. Booking and information here: http://www.leedsforlearning.co.uk/Article/70620 Primary and Secondary: Rediscovering Grammar with David Crystal 24/03/2020 13:00 - 16:00 Cockburn School, Gipsy Lane, Leeds LS11 5TT David’s work is an excellent reference point for teachers who want to clarify their grammatical knowledge to enhance their teaching of writing in English across the curriculum. Booking and information here: http://www.leedsforlearning.co.uk/Article/70741 Primary and Secondary: Tackling the Big Issues: Changing Behaviours 13/03/2020 09:00 - 15:15 | Cloth Hall Court Quebec Street Leeds LS1 2HA Exploring Ofsted's behaviour and attitude's judgement as well as considering the latest behaviour research which Ofsted has conducted. Tom Bennett will discuss the features of schools where all children are valued and staff and students can flourish in safe, dignified and calm environments, as well as offering insights on how to successfully implement these themes. Booking and information here: http://www.leedsforlearning.co.uk/Event/107243 Primary: Science Conference 2020 31/03/2020 08:30 - 16:00 John Charles Centre for Sport, Middleton Grove, Leeds, LS11 5DJ Supporting and developing primary science leaders Booking and information here: http://www.leedsforlearning.co.uk/Event/89246 Secondary: History Conference 2020 03/03/2020 08:45 - 15:30 Cockburn School, Parkside, Gipsy Lane, Leeds LS11 5TT An opportunity to develop deep subject knowledge and apply this to your plans to develop a rich history curriculum that can be implemented with impact Booking and information here: http://www.leedsforlearning.co.uk/Event/109530 Secondary: Science Conference 2020 10/03/2020 08:45 - 15:30 The Grammar School at Leeds Alwoodley Gates, Harrogate Rd, Leeds LS17 8GS How we might develop all our students into confident, creative, literate scientists Booking and information here: http://www.leedsforlearning.co.uk/Event/108383 Secondary: Computing Conference 2020 17/03/2020 08:45 - 15:00 Leeds Beckett University A conference focusing on directly supporting teachers and heads of Computing Booking and information here: http://www.leedsforlearning.co.uk/Event/110569 Secondary: Geography Conference 2020 20/03/2020 08:45 - 15:30 University of Leeds Leeds LS2 9JT Considering the characteristics of high quality geography teaching and leadership in schools Booking and information here: http://www.leedsforlearning.co.uk/Event/109433
Calling all Aspiring School Business Professionals! Apprenticeships Available. Find out more on Thursday 5th March...
24 Feb
School Business professionals are a unique role to schools. They provide essential support to school leadership teams, implementing their financial and business decisions. Maybe you are looking for a career change, or you are wanting to develop further in your career, perhaps as a leadership team you are keen to develop skills in this area within your setting… If so, maybe a Schools Business Professional Apprenticeship is just what you need. The role includes: setting up financial controls and reporting on performance to ensure best value for money Management of the school site to ensure a safe and suitable learning environment Leading a range of marketing activities to add value and promote the school externally Responsibility for managing office and other support staff and for developing and maintaining effective administrative systems Ensuring compliance with and implementation of safeguarding and Health & Safety policies Roles this Apprenticeship may suit include; School Business Manager, HR Manager, Finance Manager, Office Manager, School Administrator, Business Support Officer, Bursar The Apprenticeship is a Level 4 and takes 18 months to complete Through the Apprenticeship you will gain; Knowledge in: Finance, Procurement, Human Resources, Managing Support Services, Governance and Risk, Marketing, Infrastructure, Ethical standards Skills in: Financial and Operational management, Project Management, Communication and Relationship Building, Change Management, Strategic Management Behaviours: Change Catalyst, Decision maker, Skilled negotiator, Collaborative, resilient, Challenger In Partnership with UCAN Leeds City Council are holding an Information sessions on Thursday 5th March at 11am at Five Lanes Primary School, LS12 4NB - if you think this might be for you or you would like further information please book a place for one of the sessions on Eventbrite – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lcc-schools-business-professional-info-session-tickets-93522202425 Other Apprenticeships also available including Teacher (L6), Business Administration (L3) and Property Maintenance. For more information please contact; Apprenticeships@leeds.gov.uk
Prehistory (Stone Age to Iron Age) and Romans Experiences at Herd Farm Residential & Activity Centre
24 Feb
Forest School Plus (http://www.forestschoolsplus.co.uk/ ) in collaboration with Herd Farm (http://www.herdfarm.co.uk/) can provide your KS2 pupils with knowledge-rich, curriculum linked experience days to enhance their understanding and deepen their learning of the History topics “Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age” and “The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain”. You may be familiar with Herd Farm Residential and Activity Centre but did you know there are three Iron Age reconstructed roundhouses which make a superb setting for outdoor historical learning? The experience days are planned by an experienced primary teacher and Forest School leader supported by a professional archaeologist ensuring the content is engaging and relevant to your pupils but also reflects current archaeological research. Forest School Plus regularly exhibits at the Historical Associations Yorkshire History Forum and can also plan curriculum linked Explorer Experiences at Herd Farm for Foundation Stage and KS1. Herd Farm is twice winner of the Child Friendly Best Place for Children and Young people Award and has recently been awarded the Quality Badge for Learning Outside the Classroom. To step back in time and book a Forest School Experience at Herd Farm contact Tina: tinaevroberts@outlook.com
Primary & Secondary Cooking & Nutrition Conference – 31st March 2020 at Elland Road - Be Ready for September 2020 Compulsory Health Education!!
24 Feb
In September 2020 the legal duties with which primary and secondary schools must comply when teaching Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education come in to force. This conference is aimed at ensuring all schools are ready to implement the NEW Health Education (Healthy Eating) Curriculum as outlined within this guidance. We are also delighted to work with Leeds City College who will be delivering a workshop on inspiring students, further education and careers links to Food Technology (Cooking & Nutrition). If you are responsible for delivering or leading any aspect of Cooking & Nutrition or the New Health Education Curriculum your attendance at this conference is vital! If the Ofsted call is looming the day will also support you to prepare for an Ofsted deep dive in Nutrition and Cooking and ensure you are implementing a broad and balanced curriculum! This event is aimed at Primary and Secondary teachers and leadership, including D&T Coordinators, Food Technology Teachers, Food & Healthy Eating Leaders and Headteachers, regardless of your career stage. This conference will provide insight into the national food and nutrition issues that impact the lives and education of children and young people CLICK HERE to BOOK a place and find out more
Save the Food Poetry Competition for Primary Schools - chance to win £200 book vouchers for school and £100 for pupil personal use!
24 Feb
Waste Warriors, Too Good to Go, are working in partnership with DEFRA to raise awareness of Food Waste and its link to the current climate emergency. Every year over 10 million tonnes of food is thrown away, that’s the weight of 190 Titanics!!! This waste is estimated to be worth £17 billion a year. That's £700 per family per year spent on food that ultimately just ends up in the bin! Climate experts say that tackling food waste is one of the most important things we can do to help the planet. Too Good to Go, in partnership with DEFRA, have, therefore, launched a national school poetry competition to raise awareness of the role food waste plays in the current climate emergency. The idea is to engage primary school children on the issue of food waste leading up to Food Waste Action Week in May. The competition is run in association with DEFRA A Government Minister will visit winning poets schools Poems will be exhibited in an iconic London venuewith a prize giving in May The winner will receive a £100 book voucher for personal use, a £200 book voucher for their school library, and a food waste fighting pack. Runners up will receive £50 book vouchers Ben Elliott the UK's food waste champion is a judge School receive a food waste assembly from Jamie Rummie, cofounder of Too Good To Go. Find more information at www.toogoodtogo.co.uk/poetrycomp The competition closes on 31st March with winners announced in May. ** If you have an interest in Food Waste and Climate Change you may also find Growing Food and Climate Change training on Monday 9th March helpful. This course will help to embed food growing as part of your whole school ethos and food culture and will provide an excellent opportunity to learn from local experts how outdoor learning and sustainability can be delivered through the curriculum. **
Leeds Primary School Clean Air Toolkit
24 Feb
These toolkits have been designed by Leeds City Council in partnership with London Sustainability Exchange to help you promote sustainable travel to school by teaching your KS1 and 2 pupils about air quality. The toolkits support your school travel plan, contributes to Modeshift STARS and Healthy Schools Initiative and helps the city reduce its emissions in light of the climate emergency. They will help you and your pupils find out the answers to the following questions: • What is air quality? • How does it affect us? • How do we measure it? • Can we make a difference? The toolkits are divided into four sections: explore, experiment, create and take action. All of the sections go together as a full unit of work but we have left room for you to be flexible if you just have time for a lesson or two. Download the toolkits here: Key Stage 1 Key Stage 2 Visit www.schoolwellbeing.co.uk directly for more information and other helpful resources.
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Upcoming Training

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26 Feb
Safer Recruitment Training in Education Settings
We recognise that it is not always viable for Head Teachers/Principals and Chair of Governing Bodies to be present at all interview panels. The Education & Early Years Safeguarding Team offer the accredited course for other members of staff involved in recruitment, for example School Bursar, Deputy Head Teachers, Head of Department etc. The one day course will include the Safer Recruitment Consortium Assessment. Therefore participants must complete the full assessment to successfully pass the course.
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26 Feb
Secondary: Physical Education (PE) 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.
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26 Feb
Primary: KS1 Moderation roadshow 1
The session will be supported by assessment colleagues, school practitioners and KS1 moderators. Schools will be paired in order to facilitate active moderation, enabling teachers to identify key actions to be taken in order to ensure the best possible outcomes by the end of the year. Teachers will need to take with them examples of English reading, English writing and mathematics work from their class for pupils working within or towards the WTS, EXS and GDS standards.
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26 Feb
Statutory EYFSP Moderation and Agreement Trialling
Data headlines at National and local level will be shared. Strategies will be shared to improve outcomes for children in relation to specific areas of learning. Practitioners will moderate together with LA moderators and discuss the next steps for children's learning. Practitioners will be emailed about the specific areas which will be moderated and asked to bring evidence to share and moderate with colleagues.
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26 Feb
Primary & Secondary: HLTA 65 Spring-term Programme 2020
This is a five-day programme which prepares candidates to be assessed against national HLTA standards leading to the award of HLTA status. The programme is intended for teaching assistants already demonstrating high levels of capability and seeking to develop themselves professionally. The programmes are available to those working in schools, settings, academies and independent schools to those working outside the Leeds area. The aim of the programme is not only to prepare candidates to be assessed but also to equip HLTAs for the added responsibilities they may take on in their role. The course will include the following elements: - introduction to the HLTA standards - providing evidence through task writing - building the portfolio of documentary evidence - preparing for the assessment visit - planning and assessment of pupils - ICT for HLTAs - knowledge of statutory frameworks (including child protection/health & safety)
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26 Feb
Early Years: Quality from the start for babies and under 2's
A key focus for this course will be the importance of the adult role in supporting and extending development particularly around the prime areas of learning and the characteristics of effective learning. Practitioners working with babies and under 2's will reflect on a range of themes and ideas linking the prime areas of learning and brain development, attachment theory, schematic learning, emotionally and physically enabling learning environments and partnership working with parents.
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26 Feb
Primary: KS2 Moderation roadshow 1
The session will be supported by assessment colleagues, school practitioners and KS2 moderators. Schools will be paired in order to facilitate active moderation, enabling teachers to identify key actions to be taken in order to ensure the best possible outcomes by the end of the year. Teachers will need to take with them examples of English writing from their class for pupils working within or towards the WTS, EXS and GDS standards.
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26 Feb
Statutory EYFSP Moderation and Agreement Trialling
Data headlines at National and local level will be shared. Strategies will be shared to improve outcomes for children in relation to specific areas of learning. Practitioners will moderate together with LA moderators and discuss the next steps for children's learning. Practitioners will be emailed about the specific areas which will be moderated and asked to bring evidence to share and moderate with colleagues.