Special offer for January 2019!
As a ‘welcome back’ to the new school term, and in response to our on-going commitment to the disadvantaged and the Leeds-wide oracy strategy, we are offering the following courses at a special price of £80* per delegate.
Effective Debating for Schools: Friday 11th January 2019, 1pm – 4pm at West Leeds Activity Centre
Course code: 011-0119-T002
Debating is a vital life skill which can enhance outcomes for children socially and emotionally as well as academically as has been evidenced by Leeds schools who have engaged in this programme over the last three years. It is an excellent preparation for persuasive and discursive writing through the focus on developing the language of persuasion and discussion and leads to confident writers and communicators who have clear opinions and the language and skills to express them effectively.
Course contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 07891 272106
Creative Approaches to Support Writing: Wednesday 6th February 2019, 1pm – 4pm at Armley Mills Industrial Museum
Course code: AD-0219-T001
The arts are an excellent way to engage pupils in their learning, providing pupils with tangible experiences. They not only develop knowledge and skills, but also raise confidence and self-esteem. Working creatively allows pupils to question and test out ideas in a collaborative way and can be an effective approach to developing pupils’ written work.
Course contact: email@example.com or 0113 535 0520
*if your school has an SLA with the 0-11 Learning Improvement Team, the delegate place is £60
Share Your Good News! – New Newsletter for the Leeds Learning Community
A new monthly newsletter is being launched in January at the request of Phil Mellen, who we are delighted to welcome as our new Deputy Director for Learning.
The newsletter will play a key part in our drive to keep in regular communication with the whole Leeds learning community and will go to all schools and settings staff as well as Councillors and Children and Families officers (provided they have a Leeds for Learning account). The aim is to build on the strong partnership between LCC and schools and settings, promoting a sense of the family of Leeds schools, sharing key messages, good news, successes and best practice.
So, whether it’s news of an outstanding pupil performance, as excellent Ofsted, a new building extension, an innovative new teaching technique or a going-the-extra-mile performance by a staff member, please let us have your good news so that we can feature it in the first edition. Publication date is 16th January 2019 and deadline for copy is 9th January 2019. Please send entries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note also that in order to receive the new newsletter it is essential that all school staff have a Leeds for Learning account. Please ask your Business Manager to organise this for you by following the guidance here.
Hello from Phil Mellen - new Deputy Director for Learning, Children and Families, Leeds City Council
I am delighted to have joined Leeds City Council as Deputy Director for Learning. I was particularly keen to work in Leeds after hearing so much about the city’s vision and ambition for all of its children and young people – an ambition to be a truly child friendly city. Since joining and visiting a number of schools and learning settings across the city, it is clear to me that there is a real will and commitment from colleagues in schools, the local authority and other partners to work together to improve outcomes – and in particular for those young people who face the greatest barriers to success, for whatever reason. Clearly a city the size of Leeds will always face a range of challenges, but I believe that if we continue to work together as a strong learning community we will find ways to address these and support our most vulnerable children, young people and their families.
Just to provide you with a bit of background information about me, I have been a teacher since 1993 and did my PGCE at Trinity and All Saints College (now Leeds Trinity University). Since 2004 I have been a Headteacher, an Executive Headteacher, a Principal, an Executive Principal and Head of Virtual School for Looked After Children (not all at the same time!). I am also a Local Leader of Education and a Pupil Premium Reviewer and have led both primary and secondary schools. My most recent role was working for a Multi-Academy Trust in East Manchester. Away from work, I have a lovely wife and four delightful children (I may be biased about this). I play various musical instruments and am also a long suffering fan of Ipswich Town Football Club.
I look forward to working in partnership with you all across the coming years so that we collectively improve the attendance, attainment and achievement of children and young people in Leeds.