• Self-Injury & Risky Behaviours Conference

  • Tackling the Big Issues: The Curriculum, the Ofsted Framework, Data and Workload

  • ERASMUS+ LELETO (Leading to Learn Together) Handbook

  • Leeds for Learning Exhibition 2019 - Senior Leaders, Governors and Business Managers

  • Outstanding Ofsted Judgement for Leeds Children and Families Services

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Self-Injury & Risky Behaviours Conference
16 Jan
There is still time to book onto our upcoming conference, Self-injury & Risky Behaviours which will be held at Leeds Civic Hall on Time to Talk Day (7th February 2019). Our keynote speaker will be Govind Oliver, one of Steve Peters skills mentors from Chimp Management, the organisation that developed and published ‘The Chimp Paradox’. He will be discussing the book ‘My Hidden Chimp’ the child-friendly version of the Chimp Paradox, focusing on practical strategies to help children and young people manage difficult emotions. He managed the paediatric emergency department at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital and is a member of the Royal College of Emergency Physicians, continuing his academic training alongside his clinical work. Delegates will get the opportunity to attend two of the following workshops: Eating disorders: supporting young people & building resilience in schools - Health & Wellbeing Service Strategies to support young people when they are anxious - CAMHs Broadening our understanding of the self-injury continuum - Educational Psychology Service Building resilience and coping with stress and trauma: the importance of early experience - Infant Mental Health Service The conference focuses on nurturing positive coping mechanisms within schools and children’s centres to prevent harmful behaviours from developing or accelerating throughout the life course, as well as sharing knowledge on the spectrum of harmful behaviours and how they present (these behaviours are increasingly being identified in early years and primary settings). Delegates can choose two workshops across the day and there will be a carousel where settings will be sharing best practise. 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 have any early intervention work within your centre that you would like to share with other settings within the carousel, you can get two free delegate places for the conference. If this interests you, please contact school.wellbeing@leeds.gov.uk. To book on, click here.
Arts education up for debate
15 Jan
In November, Radio 4’s flagship arts programme, Front Row, hosted a live debate about arts education in England. The panel consisted of professionals from education and the arts world. They discussed a range of the issues surrounding arts education, including the decline in equality of access to the arts for all children and young people. The debate is available to listen to online, here.
The City of Leeds Youth Music Prom – tickets available!
15 Jan
The City of Leeds Youth Music Prom is a fantastic opportunity for primary pupils, and those studying GCSE and A Level to see a live performance by young musicians from across the city. Showcasing a variety of different musical genres, the CLYM Prom will take place at Leeds Town Hall on Tuesday 12th March from 1.15pm – 2.45pm. Taking to the stage this year are: the City of Leeds Youth Orchestra; the City of Leeds Youth Wind Orchestra; the Leeds Youth Jazz-Rock Orchestra; the Leeds Silver Steel Sparrows and Roots Alive – Youth Folk Group. The theme for 2019 is ‘International’ and there will be a special performance from by Rock ‘n’ Strings, a group of young musicians from Chemnitz, Germany. Schools are invited to bring their pupils - tickets are £3.00 each and are allocated on a first come, first served basis, with no limits on how many tickets each school can reserve. Please email catherine.lloyd@leeds.gov.uk to reserve your tickets.
Schools Make Music Together and Just Play in a Day!
14 Jan
Designed to build on existing music provision and support the National Plan for Music (2011), the Leeds Music Education Partnership (LMEP) Extended Learning in Music initiative has enabled groups of schools to make musical links with each other, develop new ideas and expand ways of supporting their learners in music. Since the initiative began in 2014, ArtForms has worked with primary and high schools across the city on enrichment days and more extended projects. Over 5000 pupils have benefitted from the LMEP funding and have had the chance to take part in a variety of rich musical experiences to support their musical progression outside the formal curriculum, extend their musical skills and help to their increase confidence, self-esteem, and develop a sense of personal enrichment. Programmes range from after school ensembles to group music making aimed at extending and developing musical skills. Schools in the East and North East Leeds are currently taking part in ‘Just Play in a Day’, a practical day of hands on music making learning the basics of guitar, keyboard and chair drumming. Using a unique set of interactive classroom resources – Just Play - developed by LMEP partner Musical Futures, pupils learn to play guitar and keyboard and make music together as part of a large class ‘band’ followed by a showcase performance for parents and carers. All this happens in the space of a full school day and is a great way for schools to address a number of different agendas including transition. In under six hours, children are quickly playing as part of a band - tackling contemporary repertoire from Taylor Swift to Bruno Mars whilst also ensuring there is a level of challenge and breadth of experience that is essential in musical development. “I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you too for the time and effort that you have put into making this such a huge success. We very much appreciate it!” Paul Cooper – Principal, Bishop Young CofE Academy "Many thanks for the event - I know that our children and parents gained a great deal from it and teachers reported that it was extremely well organised. Also, a wonderful opportunity for our older children to spend positive time in a local high school to support transition.” Jo Geary – Headteacher, Grange Farm Primary School "The children from Beechwood absolutely loved the experience – we are very interested in being part of this music experience at Beechwood as the children really enjoyed last year's sessions.” Melissa Callaby – Teacher, Beechwood Primary For more information on LMEP funded Extended Learning initiatives, please contact Fran Hannan (Head of ArtForms Extended Learning development) - fran.hannan@leeds.gov.uk
Outstanding Ofsted Judgement for Leeds Children and Families Services
09 Jan
We are delighted to share with you the fantastic news that, following a thorough and rigorous inspection, the services that Leeds provides for children and families have been rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in December 2018 .The judgement is made all the more special as Leeds is the first major city to achieve this standard. Only three councils have been judged as ‘Outstanding’ overall under the new ILACs inspection framework (East Sussex, Bexley and North Yorkshire) and only six councils have achieved an overall ‘Outstanding’ judgement in their most Ofsted inspection. The full report can be found attached.