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Outer North West Schools – Free Youth Activity Sessions
06 Dec
The Outer North West committee has awarded funding to the West Leeds Activity Centre to offer FREE sessions for primary and high schools in Adel, Pool, Bramhope, Otley and Yeadon, Guiseley, Rawdon and Horsforth Sessions need to be delivered on your school site activities that we can deliver include: team building, bush craft, inflatable activities or we can bring the mobile climbing tower. Sessions need to be delivered after 3pm, but we can also do weekends or school holidays. Activity sessions need to take place between now and 31st March 2020. Children need to be 8 years +. (Minimum group size is 8) For more information or to book an activity session please call us 0113 336 7414 or email us westleedsactivitycentre@leeds.gov.uk
Don’t Forget to Switch Off your School’s Heating this Christmas – or Yule be Sorry!
04 Dec
Many school buildings have a history of leaving their heating on during school holidays and weekends. The costs of doing this add up significantly over time. You may be aware that Leeds City Council has declared a Climate Emergency and is committed to making Leeds a more sustainable, carbon neutral city by 2030. We need the help and cooperation of the whole city to achieve this. Switching off your school’s heating while the building is empty is a simple way to save money, and make a big difference to your school’s carbon footprint. During the Christmas period last year (in which very few schools opened their doors) council-operated schools spent a combined total of approximately £205,110 heating their buildings and, as a result, emitted more than 1,179 tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. The savings for individual schools are also quite significant. On average, heating over this same holiday period cost each primary school £395 and each secondary school £3,870. Over the course of a year, your school could save thousands of pounds by minimising heating spend over holidays and half-terms. Of course, you may decide to keep your school heated on these days for various valid reasons—such as planned maintenance or teacher training—however if nobody will use school buildings for extended periods of time then we encourage you to turn down your heating systems to frost protection mode. If you are worried about the school’s temperature before teachers/students return, we advise that you set your school’s heating to come on a few hours earlier than normal on the day that you return. We would also suggest that your school compare water meter readings both before and after the holidays. This is one of the best ways to identify leakages. Any high usage will indicate that there is a leak that will require remedial action, saving you money and reducing waste.
Information Sharing Agreement Between Leeds City Council and Schools
04 Dec
Important Information for Schools: Leeds City Council (LCC) have updated and reviewed the Information Sharing Agreement (ISA) for schools in line with GDPR requirements and this supersedes the previous one. This ISA defines the information that will be transferred between the organisations listed and LCC, and also arrangements for assisting compliance with relevant legislation and guidance including the Data Protection Act 2018 and the General Data Protection Regulation. It also supports our vision for Leeds to be a child friendly city by enabling the effective and necessary sharing of information between schools and LCC. Good information sharing is necessary for promoting the wellbeing of children and young people and to ensure that statutory responsibilities to safeguard and promote the welfare of children are fulfilled. Please find update agreement attached.
Supporting the Wellbeing of NQTs and RQTs
03 Dec
Our team consists of experienced teachers who realised there isn't much support for NQTs and RQTs for their wellbeing so we decided to write a course with the hope that we can assist and support those new to the profession by considering some of the key barriers and how to address them. For more information and to book on the course, click on the link http://www.leedsforlearning.co.uk/Event/108704 The course is £90 per person for all Voluntary Controlled/Community schools or schools with a Standard or Enhanced SLA with HR or Health & Safety. £180 per delegate for schools with no SLA.
Skipping Breakfast linked to Lower Grades
03 Dec
Researchers from Leeds University have published an article in 'Frontiers in Public Health' about their recent study that demonstrated a link between eating breakfast and grades in secondary schools. The research found that students who rarely ate breakfast achieved nearly two grades lower than their peers who rarely missed breakfast. Find the full article HERE The Health and Wellbeing Service are currently working with Lead researcher Dr Katie Adolphus from Leeds University to develop a resource for schools on Breakfast; this should be available to schools in the New Year. Schools can also learn more about running effective Breakfast and After School clubs, and ensure that they are meeting the School Foods Standard, on the forthcoming Breakfast or After School Club training session on Tuesday 28 January. Healthy Breakfasts not only enhance attainment and achievement, but Breakfast clubs can also assist schools in improving attendance. The training course will include information to help you to access free food or funding and give tips and recipes for healthy meals. Find out more about this course and book your place here
Pupils at Kerr Mackie Primary School Shine as They Become Model Citizens
02 Dec
In November, Pupils at Kerr Mackie took part in a special event marking the 30th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Back in 2016, Kerr Mackie was accredited with a UNICEF SILVER Rights Award, in recognition of what pupils and staff had achieved to become a Rights Respecting School (RRS) and since then, the RRS focus has continued on supporting pupils to grow into confident, caring and responsible young citizens both in school and within the wider community. A group of councillors, along with senior council staff visited the school to find out how the convention provides an overarching set of values that improve the climate for learning within school. Headteacher Jennifer Millington said: ‘Children really are at the heart of all we do at Kerr Mackie. Our pupils take great pride in showcasing their learning on why we are a Rights Respecting School.’ Max, a Rights Respecting School Champion in Year 6, said: ‘Without rights children might not be protected as much as they are and every child deserves to be protected and have a good life.’ Read the full story in 23rd November’s Yorkshire Evening Post.
A Level Physics Students Delve into Underground Tunnels at Fulneck School.
02 Dec
A level Physics students from Fulneck School, Allerton High School and Greenhead College in Huddersfield, teamed up with professors, lecturers, post graduates from Leeds University using specialist equipment worth more then £200,000, including radars and gravimeters, as part of a special exploration day, exploring the network of deserted tunnels that lie under the historic Fulneck School building, which dates back to 1753. The tunnels provide the perfect location for geophysical investigation, using techniques such as radar, seismics, magnetics and gravity. The school lies within Fulneck, nr Pudsey, Britain’s largest Moravian settlement. Read the full report in the Yorkshire Evening Post on 6th November.
Don’t Forget to Switch off Your School’s Heating This Christmas – or Yule Be Sorry!
02 Dec
Many school buildings have a history of leaving their heating on during school holidays and weekends. The costs of doing this add up significantly over time. You may be aware that Leeds City Council has declared a Climate Emergency and is committed to making Leeds a more sustainable, carbon neutral city by 2030. We need the help and cooperation of the whole city to achieve this. Switching off your school’s heating while the building is empty is a simple way to save money and make a big difference to your school’s carbon footprint. During the Christmas period last year (in which very few schools opened their doors) council-operated schools spent a combined total of approximately £205,110 heating their buildings and as a result, emitted more than 1,179 tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. The savings for individual schools are also quite significant. On average, heating over this same holiday period cost each primary school £395 and each secondary school £3,870. Over the course of a year, your school could save thousands of pounds by minimising heating spend over holidays and half-terms. Of course, you may decide to keep your school heated on these days for various valid reasons—such as planned maintenance or teacher training—however if nobody will use school buildings for extended periods of time then we encourage you to turn down your heating systems to frost protection mode. If you are worried about the school’s temperature before teachers/students return, we advise that you set your school’s heating to come on a few hours earlier than normal on the day that you return. We would also suggest that your school compares water meter readings both before and after the holidays. This is one of the best ways to identify leakages. Any high usage will indicate that there is a leak that will require remedial action, saving you money and reducing waste.
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Upcoming Training

09
09 Dec
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.
09
09 Dec
SFVS Training
As you may be aware the DfE have published a revised checklist of questions for the SFVS 2019/20. There are now 29 questions, rather than 25 and although the majority remain the same or very similar, there are some new requirements to consider. There is also a requirement to complete the newly introduced dashboard.
09
09 Dec
SFVS Training
As you may be aware the DfE have published a revised checklist of questions for the SFVS 2019/20. There are now 29 questions, rather than 25 and although the majority remain the same or very similar, there are some new requirements to consider. There is also a requirement to complete the newly introduced dashboard.
09
09 Dec
Free School Meals Training
This informative and worthwhile training course is ideal for anyone who works with children and families. Delegates will learn key information about free school meals, eligibility criteria, pupil premium, sign posting and much more. Through practical activities and discussion, delegates will explore barriers and solutions for supporting pupils and families to take their free school meal entitlement. The course will help schools to eliminate stigma and help more children and young people in Leeds to receive a healthy and nutritious meal in school.
10
10 Dec
Governor - Induction Course Module 2 for Governors
The courses are a combination of presentations, group discussions, group and individual activities and plenty of time for questions. Hand-outs will be provided and it is recommended that these are circulated to the whole governing body for information.
11
11 Dec
Business Development Network - 11/12/2019 10:30 - 12:00
The Business Relationship Service lead each BRN, a specific agenda for each session will be circulated in advance of each network along with any pre reading or pre course task.
12
12 Dec
3 Day Designated Safeguarding Lead/Person Training
Who Should Attend: Professionals who have specific child protection responsibilities and contribute to assessing, implementing and reviewing plans to meet the needs of children where there are safeguarding concerns. This includes those who attend strategy meetings and case conferences as part of their role. Delegates must have completed introductory safeguarding training
07
07 Jan
The New Leeds RE syllabus: briefing for schools
This twilight session will offer a succinct explanation of the RE syllabus and its main content, together with guidance on how to plan an effective and inspiring curriculum at primary or secondary level. Participants will receive a folder of electronic resources, including the syllabus and as election of units of work.