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28th May – Coronavirus – Regular Update to all Early Years, Children’s Social Care, Schools and Further Education Providers
28 May
Please find attached the latest update from the Department of Education to keep you updated on the government’s response to COVID-19 (coronavirus).
For Academies & Free schools Only - Changes to Charging for Face-to-Face Counselling Sessions
28 May
For Academies & Free Schools Only: Dear Business Manager, RE: HELP Counselling referrals (only applicable to non-authority schools making referrals for HELP face to face counselling) Leeds City Council acts as the agent for Academies and non-authority schools who have a Health, Safety and Wellbeing SLA, meaning we receive payment and invoice external schools for the service. Invoices are currently being issued to non-authority schools and academies for referrals made from 1st April 2019. We recognise the delay and sincerely apologise for this. Due to restrictions under GDPR, HELP Assist are unable to provide LCC with any employee information, which unfortunately has contributed to the delays in processing. Therefore please ensure that when making a management referral for face to face counselling, your purchase order number is clearly stated on the referral form. This will allow us to link the referral to our system and invoice you in a timely manner going forward. All schools with a HR or Health, Safety and Wellbeing SLA will continue to have access to the 24/7 telephone helpline and online counselling sessions and resources via the HELP website as part of their SLA. Thank you for your cooperation. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Georgia West on 0113 3788298 or email georgia.west@leeds.gov.uk
Charging for Face-to-Face Counselling Sessions (Community/VC/Trusts/Catholic schools only)
28 May
Dear Business Manager, RE: HELP Counselling referrals (only applicable to schools making referrals for HELP face to face counselling) Since April 2019, the combined HR and Health, Safety and Wellbeing SLA has not included HELP face to face counselling sessions, which has enabled us to offer more competitive SLA pricing whilst allowing you to spend only what is necessary on the face to face referral service. When making a management referral for HELP face-to-face counselling for a member of staff, please ensure the schools own 5 digit cost code is provided on the referral form so that sessions are charged directly to the school. Leeds City Council is currently raising recharges to schools where the LCC cost code 59022 has been given instead of the school’s cost code. If no code has been stated on the referral form, then a member of our team will manually enter the schools 5 digit cost code to ensure the sessions are charged directly to the school. In the small minority of cases where our finance system does not recognise your school’s cost code, we will raise an internal recharge to charge the school for the sessions. All schools with the combined HR and Health, Safety and Wellbeing SLA or a separate Health, Safety and Wellbeing SLA and all community/VC schools, have access to the 24/7 telephone helpline and online counselling sessions and resources via the HELP website as part of their SLA. Thank you for your cooperation. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Georgia West in the Health, Safety and Wellbeing team on 0113 3788298 or email georgia.west@leeds.gov.uk
Leeds got Lockdown...but we'll get out again! 
27 May
Leeds got Lockdown...but we'll get out again! As the lockdown has continued the Breeze team have been working with the people of Leeds, to bring a wonderful creative project to life. We’ve rewritten the classic anthem ‘Tubthumping’ by Leeds band Chumbawumba, to be all about Leeds in the lockdown. It has been recorded remotely by all our friends in the creative sector in Leeds, featuring original sections from a host of musicians and some exclusive appearances from Leeds bands and Leeds united Fans! Alongside it a video montage has been created featuring energetic submissions from young artists and community groups as well as appearances by some of Leeds sports people to showcase the amazing talent in this city. Can we hear you chant ‘Leeds got lockdown, but it got out again’!? Watch the fantastic video here - enjoy!
Leeds Libraries From Home - May Half Term
21 May
Welcome to the May Half Term issue of the Leeds Libraries & School Library Service weekly newsletter. We have put together a list of activity ideas and a fantastic reading list to help keep you and your family busy at home over the May half term holiday during lockdown! Remember to stay home as much as possible and stay alert. Holiday Activities Under 5's This Saturday, 23rd May, we will be celebrating Elmer Day 2020 at home this year. To join in the celebrations you can create your very own rainbow patch work elephant using lots of thing you can find around the house or garden. This could include leaves, petals, fabrics, coloured paper, paint or crayons. You can hang your rainbow patchwork Elmer in your front window for other children to discover on as they walk past during daily exercise. Elmer makes the world a much brighter place, spread the positivity of Elmer. We'd love to see and share your creations on our social media channels, tag us in your pictures @leedslibraries #Librariesfromhome We will also be sharing a special Elmer Storytime on Saturday morning at 9:45am on our Facebook and Twitter and you can find lots of other Elmer activities here. Children (5-7) Have a go at some fun book-based bakes, from a Gruffalo cake to Bumblebear biscuits. There are lots of recipes to try out and you can read the story whilst eating your delicious creations. The Woodland Trust have put together a list of 10 nature activities for kids which you can do at home in your garden or out whilst enjoying green spaces! Some of the brilliant Tutti Frutti artists have been commissioned to take over the Tutti social media each Tuesday in May to share with you some activities and games. Next week, Tuesday 26th May, Christella Litras, who created the beautiful sound for Yellow is the Colour of Sunshine, will be doing all things music and fun! You can also look back over the previous artists takeovers for more activities, we particularly love designer Catherine Chapman’s story den! #TuesdayTakeover Children (7-11) Stay inspired with Firstsite’s artist created activity packs, featuring contributions from UK artists including Grayson Perry, Antony Gormley, Sarah Lucas and more. Art is where the home is’ will give you ideas about how to get creative at home. Anyone can have a go – there are no specialist materials required, plus it’s completely FREE to download! Enter the 'laugh out lobster' story competition and you could see your work published in an e-book, printed in 'The Week Junior' and win a whole stack of books! . While the Scouts normally love the great outdoors, they’ve pulled together some inspired indoor activity ideas. Keep learning new skills and having fun all in #TheGreatIndoors. Young People #REIMAGINE2020 is a new digital creative project from Derby Theatre. If you’re aged between 13 and 25 they want to hear from you! Take part by submitting a creative response reimagining a future post Covid-19 for a chance for your work to be shared across Derby Theatre and partners' social media channels. All submissions and creations will also go towards a final, collective digital creation. Your creative response could use performance, art, photography, poetry, song, dance or a short film of up to 2-minutes (you could even use TikTok). Responses can be made alone or with friends within this age range, as long as you follow social distancing guidelines and remain at least two metres apart. Homeskool Beatbox Adventures with Shlomo is a weekly live streamed interactive show empowering kids and their families to find their true voices and create their own music. We are hosting the live stream every Thursday at 2pm on our Facebook page, for 30 minutes families around the world will learn new vocal skills from SK Shlomo, the critically acclaimed world-champion beatboxer who has previously collaborated with Bjork, Ed Sheeran and Lily Allen, played at Glastonbury and broken world records with his jaw-dropping vocal gymnastics. Enjoy a front-row seat to awe-inspiring moments of the larger-than-life Cirque du Soleil shows of KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities, ‘’O’’, and LUZIA. Holiday Reading List Please find our holiday reading list attached with titles in eBook and eAudio for under 5's right through to teens. Use your library card to borrow any of these titles from Leeds Libraries BorrowBox. Our holiday reading list is available to be downloaded by multiple people at the same time so no one misses out on these great reads. Join the Library - If you are having issues with joining please contact libraryenquiries@leeds.go.uk or 0113 378 5005 Child Friendly Leeds Half Term Competition Child Friendly Leeds have been running fortnightly competitions to keep young people busy during lockdown. The next competition theme, launched 26 May, is ‘Skills for Life’ and they have joined up with the Sustainable Energy and Air Quality Team to create some ‘climate-friendly’ ideas for young people to try. These include cooking a climate-friendly meal, riding a bike, growing a plant or making a recycling poster for their household! Entries are made on social media by using the hashtag #OurChildFriendlyLeeds. The closing date is Friday 5 June. Visit Child Friendly Leeds social media for more details. Check out the Child Friendly Leeds live blog which has been created to keep children and families busy, safe and well during lockdown. It includes fun & creative activities, competitions for young people to enter, educational & useful resources during school closures as well as guidance, advice and support for families. Be sure to check back regularly for new content!
Home Learning Resources Update 21 May 20
21 May
More stories on the English section including 'Parsley Mimblewood- stories for children in Covid-19' plus a new Computing section and a new Music section which includes Bring The Noise and Groove Pizza! What? If you haven't a clue either visit http://www.leedsforlearning.co.uk/Page/17164 and check out the music, man... Leeds 0-19 Team
Music Centres provide support, resources and inspiration for online learning
20 May
As well as our teaching in schools during the week, we also have seven citywide Music Centres across Leeds each Saturday morning, with over 1500 learners between them. While we aren't currently able to meet as normal, all music centres have sent out a Google Drive link with weekly lesson plans and resources that have been put together for each class. If you haven't received this yet, please get in touch with your Head of Centre. Wetherby Music Centre have also shared this lovely video from their staff - can you spot any familiar faces? As well as this, Horsforth Music Centre's Concert Band have been very busy recording two songs in isolation. You can listen to them on the Facebook page. North Leeds Music Centre continue to share daily musical inspiration from their twitter account - they have shared dozens of ways you can listen, engage, and get involved with music from home. We also have more Home Learning resources here - free to use for all music learners in Leeds, no matter where they learn.
COVID 19 - Updated 18th May Essential Advice and Resources - PSHE and SEMH support for children & young people during school closures
19 May
*** Please note that our resources for settings and parents are updated weekly *** In light of school closures, we wanted to provide a range of advice and resources for schools, as well as a resource for parents/carers. We are keen to share tools and resources as best we can, to support children’s wellbeing and education over this period of uncertainty and to signpost schools and settings to resources that start valuable conversations with pupils and students. These resources also provide tested tools to maintain wellbeing at what can be an anxious time for children and young people. At the end of the documents, we have included some resources which support pupils and students to continue learning at home. There are 2 documents attached to this article - one for teachers and one for schools to to give to families at their school. These resource documents are also hosted on www.schoolwellbeing.co.uk and will be updated weekly if appropriate whilst schools remain closed. We will also be posting updates and resources and advice on the Knowledge Hub group - PSHE/ Healthy School Teacher Network - please find us on khub.net or drop us an e mail and we will invite you to join the group. Please share this information far and wide so that we can all do what we can to keep children happy, learning, laughing and calm! We want to thank everyone for all the hard work that is taking place at this difficult time.
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Upcoming Training

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03 Jun
Skype Network: Secondary English 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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03 Jun
Virtual Network: Secondary Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) 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. 2 working days in advance of your training you will receive an email from the LTS team with your online link.
03
03 Jun
Skype training - Developing the Role of the Chair Part 3
This session will consider the chair's role in supporting strategic leadership and ensuring accountability. It will include the governing body's role in ensuring the school has a clear vision, understanding the chair’s role in engaging the governing body in the school improvement cycle and identify ways in which the governing body can hold the school to account
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04 Jun
Skype Network: Established Designated Staff in Child Protection 1 day Update
This course will enable experienced Designated Teachers to update their skills, knowledge and understanding of Child Protection.
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04 Jun
Skype Network: Health and Wellbeing Service Teacher Network - Update and Check-in
We will give you an overview of: - support and initiatives we are currently providing, - the best places to find updates and information, - some of the things we are working on to support schools going forward. Concluding with a question and answer session to give an opportunity to let us know you needs during this time.
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05 Jun
Virtual Network: Secondary Art Network
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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08 Jun
Skype session - Governor - Headteacher Performance management
Governing Boards in maintained schools have a statutory duty to appraise the performance of the Headteacher, support and address their Headteacher’s professional development needs, make a pay recommendation, and to set objectives for the Headteacher. Academies may choose to adopt the requirements for maintained schools if they wish. Governing Boards also have to appoint an external adviser for support and advice, and to consult that adviser on setting objectives and appraisal of the Headteacher. For both maintained schools, and the academy sector, securing accountability for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and for driving school improvement, the performance management of the Headteacher is crucial; it remains one of the core functions of governance.
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09 Jun
Skype Network: EAL network meeting, summer term
Comments from previous EAL network meetings: “Lots of ideas for supporting EAL pupils” “All informative and interesting” “I always attend all of the EAL network meetings. Its good to meet other EAL teachers / co-ordinators, share ideas and continue good practice. Looking forward to the next one” “Always a valuable meeting. Informative and practical” This is a Skype network, if you do not have Skype for Business please download the free app as advised in the attached ‘How to Join a Skype Network’ document. You will only need to do this once but please try and do this a couple of days in advance of the Skype event). 2 working days in advance of your training you will receive an email from the Leeds for Learning team with your Skype link. As long as you have Skype for Business or have downloaded the app you will simply click on this link at the appointed time to join the Skype event. Please join the skype meeting at 1.20pm for registration and to address any technological issues for a 1.30pm start.