Leeds Schools' Music Association Summer Festival Presents Big Play!
The 'Big Play' is for all schools who receive whole class instrumental teaching from ArtForms and is a celebration of the instrumental learning that takes place in schools across the city. This year's 'Big Play' takes place at Pudsey Civic Hall is on 25th June and 26th June.
'Big Play' is an exciting opportunity for children to perform on the instruments they have been learning as a whole class since September 2018 and listen to other groups from other schools. Over the next few weeks, children from participating schools will be working with their ArtForms teacher to prepare all the music they will be performing in their normal lesson time at school.
The event is run by ArtForms and is part of the Leeds Schools' Music Association (LSMA) programme of events that includes the Festival Choir and Big Sing. Every year, the LSMA organises festival concerts in Leeds Town Hall in which schools from across the city come together to perform. These include a Christmas Concert (open to all schools) and a three day festival for primary schools in the Summer Term. Children are given the opportunity to play in various instrumental groups and sing in choirs up to 400 voices strong.
The impact of taking part in these performances enhances a young person’s music making: the effect can last a lifetime.
The LSMA events are run by a committee of ArtForms and school staff. If you work in a school and would like to join the committee or take another active role in the organisation or the running of the concerts, please contact the ArtForms office.
For more information on the Big Play and the other LSMA events, please visit: www.artformsleeds.co.uk
Governor Conference: Beyond the Core!
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: email@example.com
We look forward to seeing you on Friday 14 June at 12noon!
Herd Farm and Farsley Springbank Primary make the News!
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
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