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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.

03 Dec 2018

Patsy Lyttle
Leeds for Learning
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