In response to the Commons Education Select Committee on the impact of Covid-19 on education and children's services, the social mobility charity the Sutton Trust has recommended that teachers should be provided with training to enable them to deliver content to students online. They also called for schools to be given guidance on how to ensure that all pupils can access quality learning online and the government's laptop scheme to be extended to all disadvantaged children.
The 11-19 Learning Improvement team have collated of wealth of resources that can support subject leaders and teachers on the recovery in schools.
The resource page can be found: http://www.leedsforlearning.co.uk/Page/17785
Coronavirus – Regular Update (30th June edition) to Early Years, Children’s Social Care, Schools and Further Education Providers
Please find attached the latest update from the Department of Education to keep you updated on the government’s response to COVID-19 (coronavirus).
Services to Schools and Settings – Revised Offers for the ‘New Normal’
Leeds for Learning Service Update:
Leeds for Learning has produced a new Leeds for Learning Service Update to give schools and settings an overview of how our teams are delivering services, support and training during the pandemic. This document gives an outline of the necessary changes that our teams have made to continue to deliver high quality support and services. Please see the Leeds for Learning Service Update attached to this article.
If you wish to discuss your specific requirements our teams will be happy to tailor services or training to suit your needs. Contact details for each team can be found in the Leeds for Learning Directory or on the list of services on the website.
We are constantly working with our Leeds for Learning teams and the wider council to monitor the rapidly changing situation, and will keep you informed of all changes as and when required.
As always, if you have any additional questions, comments or indeed ideas of how we can further develop our offer at this time please don't hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Leeds for Learning Admin and Technical Support
The Leeds for Learning team aim to maintain the high level of service that you expect from us and there will be no disruption to the admin support we provide. Although we are currently working remotely it is business as usual. Our email@example.com inbox is monitored as normal by our team who will respond to any queries as quickly as possible.
Training and Events
Leeds for Learning have taken the sensible precaution of postponing all non-essential face to face training and events until the end of the Summer 2020 term. Many of our training courses are now available virtually either through live
virtual meetings/networks or pre-recorded videos available on the new Leeds for Learning eLearning zone. Many of the new eLearning videos are free to view and offer an exciting opportunity for your staff to access vital CPD at a time and location of their choice as often as they like. Details of how to access the eLearning zone and browse and book the available training can be found here.
We will regularly review the situation to reflect any changes in government guidance and hopefully, in the not too distant future, we will restart ‘COVID secure’ face to face training and support.
Leeds Libraries From Home #12
Welcome to issue 12 of the Leeds Libraries & School Library Service weekly newsletter where we share our favourite digital resources to support school and home learning as well as our top picks of the week from all the brilliant online content being shared for children and young people.
Leeds Libraries and Schools Library service have a dedicated Resource Page on the Leeds For Learning website where you can find lots of information and activities to support schools and home learning.
Reading for Pleasure
This week’s title highlight: The Suitcase Kid, Jacqueline Wilson
Borrowbox - Browse our junior and teen eBooks and eAudio books, which includes a selection of titles that can be downloaded by multiple people at the same. We are constantly adding new titles. We also have over 19,000 comics and graphic novels, suitable for all ages, available for you to borrow.
Join the Library - If you are having issues with joining please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 0113 378 5005
Catch up on some of these brilliant child and young person friendly live screenings from the Living Knowledge Network.
Jane Eyre: Gothic Rebel - Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre is a classic example of defied convention. It presented a new voice, fully convinced of her defiance and standing up against adult tyranny. Acclaimed author Sara Collins, producer of the 2011 film adaptation Alison Owen, Victorian Literature expert Professor Sally Shuttleworth and critic Alex Clark discuss the spirit of rebellion found in its pages and what it is to be a child.
Jacqueline Wilson: Rebel Girls - Much-loved author Jacqueline Wilson talks about writing rebel girls who stand up for friendship, justice, and what they believe in. This event coincided with the British Library's Marvellous and Mischievous exhibition and celebrated the release of the Tracy Beaker book We Are The Beaker Girls.
Leeds Libraries Online Activities
Daily Storytime - Follow Leeds Libraries on our Facebook and/or Twitter where we are sharing a daily storytime from our favourite guest authors, illustrators and Storytellers every morning (Mon - Fri) at 9.45am.
Lego at Leeds Libraries - Every Friday we will be sharing a weekly Lego teaser challenge based around a children's book available to loan on borrowbox. These Friday teaser challenges will reveal the book and theme for our monthly online Lego club. Find all the details and join the club via our Facebook Event.
Code Club Leeds Libraries - Every other Tuesday check out our Facebook event where we will be releasing a new coding challenge for children and young people to work on over two weeks with support from our librarians and Code Club volunteers. We will be hosting a fortnightly online Code Club where we can get together and share all the coding projects. Our online Code Club is sponsored by CityFibre.
Summer Reading Challenge - Normally at this time of year our Librarians would be contacting schools to arrange an assembly visit to promote the Summer Reading Challenge. This year's challenge Silly Squad has moved online and we have created a fun and silly interactive Twine resource to use in classrooms and homes to promote the challenge and encourage children to sign up. The Twine resource has been created using images from our Leeds Libraries Special Collections, we hope you enjoy it. Join us for our virtual sign-up Saturday event on the 11th July across our social media channels. This opening online event at Leeds Libraries will feature a guest theatre company and Librarian-led support for parents registering their children on the website.
We recommend saving the Twine resource from the google drive link and opening it using a Chrome browser. If you are having issues with opening the file please contact our Librarian Matt Stoppard (email@example.com)
Top Picks of the Week
Under 5's – Read, Sing and Dance along to the Animal Bop.
Children (5-7) – Find author and illustrator Emily Gravett reading some of her books, talking about what she does, and how to draw some of her characters on her YouTube channel Emily Draws.
Children (7-11) – Once upon a time, in a very ordinary town, on the edge of an ordinary forest, something extraordinary happened…Join the Story Makers Press for their virtual launch 3rd July and explore Zalfa’s story with your students. Please find the e-flyer in the attachments.
Young People – Foyle Young Poet of the Year Award 2020. Open to 11-17 year olds this competition is completely FREE to enter and you can enter as many poems as you wish. All entrants will receive a certificate for participating in this prestigious competition.
Resources to support anti-racism - reflecting on George Floyd’s death
Conversations and discussions on tragic events like the death of George Floyd in the USA can be difficult for teachers to facilitate, and distance learning during Covid-19 presents added challenges to teaching sensitive material. Despite these challenges, it’s critical to support students to process the difficult and deeply painful events they are viewing.
Please see document attached for a list of resources to support your teaching in both primary and secondary school settings.