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Free Training Opportunities for New and Existing Business Managers/Administrators
15 Nov
In response to requests from Headteachers and Business Managers we will be offering two FREE training opportunities to support Business Managers/Administrators to effectively manage their school’s/setting’s Leeds for Learning area. Each session will develop confidence in using the new ‘Store’ to purchase your 20/21 products, services and SLAs which will be live and available to order from Monday 24th February 2020. Both sessions will be practical and tailored to ensure any specific questions you have can be responded to by our team. The first event ‘Leeds for Learning Training for new Business Managers’ on 23rd Jan 12.45 – 3.30pm is specifically focussing on the needs of those new in role and with limited experience of the Leeds for Learning site. Please book here. The second event ‘Leeds for Learning Training for Business Managers’ on 10th Feb 12.45-2.45pm is aimed at users with some experience who would welcome an opportunity to find out more about the new Store and extend their knowledge of the system. Please book here. If we have excess demand for these sessions additional events will be organised.
Leeds Launch of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
14 Nov
Leeds has recently celebrated the exciting launch of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Fitting with Leeds Baby Week and the Year of Reading, the scheme involves free book gifting where enrolled children aged from 0-5 receive a high quality, age appropriate book in the post, free of charge. 39k children in UK benefit from the incentive & the first book they receive is the Tale of Peter Rabbit (especially chosen by Dolly). The event began with Dolly renditions from Leeds City College and speeches from Phil Mellen, Cllr Venner and Helen Hastle from the Imagination Library. Looked after children and their families had a fun day of entertainment with face painting, craft activities and an adaptation of ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ by the Rainbow Factory! To find out more about Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, visit their website - imaginationlibrary.com/uk/
Mental Conversations Podcast - The Benefits of Reading ft. Phil Mellen
13 Nov
Phil Mellen, Deputy Director of Children and Families Directorate, makes a guest appearance on Leeds based mental health podcast “Mental Conversations” where he talks to host, Chris Sutton, about the benefits of children (and adults) developing a love of reading. Reading is a powerful tool for everyone, can open up new worlds for children and raise their aspirations in life, offers knowledge through education and can be a source of comfort. The podcast is out now on iTunes or other pod places including Castbox, check it out here - castbox.fm/vb/201444013 It has already had some brilliant feedback with Ground Up Coffee + Company, a Leeds coffee shop who are on a mission to halt mental illness stigma recently tweeting that it is "one of our favourite podcasts!" Mental Conversations is a weekly podcast which offers a light hearted look at things we can do to improve our resilience and overall mental health. Give them a follow on Twitter @Mentalconvs
Roots Alive
12 Nov
Roots Alive is the City of Leeds Youth Music folk group, and frequently delivers ceilidhs (social dancing) for significant events in the community – weddings, big birthdays, anniversaries. Roots Alive continued its tradition of playing for communities celebrating the Harvest Festival. On September 28th it was the turn of a new customer – St James Church in Bradford, and two weeks later it was an old customer – St. Mary’s Whitkirk. A good time was had by all – experienced, novices, young and old, and they have already booked us again for next year. Roots Alive uses the money from ceilidhs to fund important cultural exchanges, such as to Durban, South Africa, and Chemnitz in Germany. If you are interested in finding out more about Roots Alive, please contact ruth.wild@leeds.gov.uk
Southroyd Book Trail
12 Nov
In October, pupils from Southroyd school took part in an exciting book trail around school. As darkness fell, children and parents used torches to follow a trail of books and characters around the school grounds. As well as this huge celebration of some of our favourite books, the children also enjoyed the opportunity to share books with family and friends - and of course outdoor refreshments, including pizza cooked in our own pizza oven! David Manton, Deputy Headteacher said "Southroyd would like to say a huge thank you to the parents and families who helped set up and run a fantastic Book Day Trail." on Saturday 12th October, using artwork designed and created by the children and their parents." It's brilliant to see so many schools participating in activities that link to the Year of Reading, please let us know what you are doing in your school and follow us on Twitter @LeedsYoR
Tom Palmer Visits Leeds Primary Schools As Part of School Library Service Project
12 Nov
Children's Author Tom Palmer has recently worked with the School Library Service to visit dozens of Leeds Primary Schools. Tom said "I am looking forward to working with the Schools Library Service...using the centenary of Leeds United to celebrate the diversity of the team, the city and its children. Otley All Saints Primary wrote that they had a "Brilliant fun-packed afternoon celebrating books, writing, sport, history and so much more...Great questions from the children and thought provoking answers." Visit Tom Palmers website for some free resources for your school. It's brilliant to see so many schools participating in activities that link to the Year of Reading, please let us know what you are doing in your school and follow us on Twitter @LeedsYoR
FREE SCOOTERS, HI-VIS KITS, RESOURCES and ACCREDITATION available through TravelWise
12 Nov
Walking, cycling or scooting to school are easy ways to stay mentally and physically fit, but the benefits don’t stop there! The more people get to school under their own steam, the fewer cars there’ll be pumping out nasty pollutants, so we can all breathe cleaner, fresher air. Neighbours will thank you too: less congestion means fewer complaints and healthier local relationships. Parents can avoid the stressful ‘school run’, and children arrive home again having had a chance to unwind and stretch their legs! Modeshift STARS Loads of schools in Leeds are doing brilliant work to promote sustainable travel, but some struggle to get students, staff and parents on board. Modeshift STARS is an accreditation scheme that supports the development and implementation of School Travel Plans and recognises schools that have shown excellence in supporting cycling, walking and other forms of sustainable travel. The scheme is completely free of charge for schools. Leeds already has 120 schools signed up, if you’re not one of them, why not get in touch and get involved? Visit https://www.modeshiftstars.org/ To find out more, please contact travelwise@leeds.gov.uk. If your school is already registered and you want to submit for accreditation, the deadline is 31 December 2019. Clean Air Toolkit Teachers often ask us what they can do about air quality. Our Clean Air Toolkit includes facts, lesson plans and suggestions on how to make your school environment a healthier place for everyone. There’s one for KS1 and one for KS2. For your free Clean Air Toolkit, email travelwise@leeds.gov.uk Be Bright Be Seen Drivers who are distracted, speeding or using phones risk causing injury or worse. At this dark time of year, remind drivers to pay extra care around schools. Students can help by wearing or carrying something bright (day) and reflective (night), and those on bikes must use bike lights. Winter means that drivers need to be alert to extra hazards, which include people who may, for whatever reason, be hard to see. We’ve got goody bags of ‘hi-vis’ stuff for the first 10 schools to email road.safety@leeds.gov.uk. This blog has more about ‘Be Bright Be Seen’. Free scooters If your school is doing any healthy travel initiatives, let us know and we’ll put you in our draw to win some scooters. Forward a couple of sentences about your initiatives to travelwise@leeds.gov.uk. the deadline is 30 November 2019.
Highfield Primary School Library Renovation
12 Nov
Following their recent Library renovation, teacher Amie Elson from Highfield Primary School got in touch to share the good news. "After spending some time looking at the reading opportunities we offer the children in school and how we deliver our reading lessons, we took the decision to include reading as a priority on our School Improvement Plan. As part of our plan for the year, we wanted to make sure reading had a wider impact for the children in our school community, and also remodel our school library. The library was relocated and the aim was to create an inviting environment for children to be able to immerse themselves in a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction books. We were only able to complete these renovations with the incredible help from our PTA and parents at the school. Over the course of a year, the PTA arranged multiple fundraisers all supported by our parents. Quiz nights, pantomimes and the school summer fair were all supported incredibly by our school community to help raise the money we needed to create our library. Since it has been open, we have used the space for peer reading, a library lending service has been set up by our HLTA for the children in KS2 and it has become a safe place for children to read and share their love of books. As a quote from our library wall says, ‘Something magical can happen when you read a book.' ” It's brilliant to see so many schools participating in activities that link to the Year of Reading, please let us know what you are doing in your school and follow us on Twitter @LeedsYoR
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Upcoming Training

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18 Nov
Secondary: Science 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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18 Nov
SENCO Network Meeting - North West
The lead SEN Officer and Lead SENCO will: Work effectively as a team to jointly lead, drive and facilitate the local AIP cross phase SENCO network and ensure a focus on SEN; closing the gap; sharing best practice and building capacity The Lead SENCO will be a contact point for SENCOs within the AIP and steer to ensure sector led development of the local SENCO network The Lead SEN Officer will provide information at the local and national level and be a contact point for liaison with children’s services officers.
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19 Nov
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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19 Nov
Meeting the needs of children with SpLD and Literacy difficulties (Primary)
Day One This session studies the Rose Definition of Dyslexia and explores how this can help schools to identify specific difficulties individuals’ experience with dyslexia. Course Tutors demonstrate the use of relevant standardised and formative assessment and introduce an audit and action plan for the school around dyslexia Day Two This session explores good practice and provision for pupils with SpLD (Dyslexia) Course Tutors model strategies to promote inclusion in quality first teaching, look at intervention and consider how changes to policy and practice can have a positive impact on learners with dyslexia. Delegates are given a toolkit and workbook to support the training and on-going good practice in school.
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19 Nov
Primary: Year 2 teaching and assessment at the end of KS1
This session will provide key guidance and practical strategies for teaching and learning in both reading and writing in literacy and also in mathematics in order to support on-going assessment. It will complement the additional assessment sessions to take place in the spring term.
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19 Nov
STARS Visual Communications Training
Aims: • To develop a greater understanding of why a visual approach is important for pupils with autism. • To have knowledge on how to implement practical strategies such as using visual time tables and visual cues. • To develop a good understanding of Picture Exchange Communication System.
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19 Nov
Primary: Religious Education subject leader network
Networks include teaching and learning ideas, news and resources for schools. The spring session will include a focus on how to promote diversity through RE, including suggestions for RE-related projects that will also promote fundamental values.
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20 Nov
Introduction to Schools HR Procedures & Employment Law
This session offers all those who have a responsibility for managing people or dealing with personnel/HR issues the opportunity to gain a working understanding of their legal responsibilities under UK employment legislation. This will cover the essential statutory duties with which an employer must comply, as well as ensuring that you are fully up to date with the latest changes and developments in the area of Employment Law.