By

Phil Mellen

Education and Covid 19

Firstly can I say thank you and well done to all of the school staff and leaders who have behaved with dedication, professionalism and love in extraordinary circumstances in the last week or so. These...
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A price worth paying?

Since the launch of the ‘Behaviour Task Force’ last week there has been lots of debate in the education world about approaches to managing student behaviour in schools. As is often the case, the debate...
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‘Pinball Kids’ Exclusions Event

Leeds will be hosting a national launch event for a new report from the RSA on Thursday 19th March at 6-7.30 p.m. at The Tetley. Disadvantaged students are four times more likely to be permanently...
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Behaviour, booths, exclusions and the current debate

There has always been a debate about how we approach and manage behaviour in schools, but recently, on social media at least, it has become more polarised and aggressive. Nuance seems to be difficult to...
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Exclusions Workshop

Pinball Kids Workshop Event with the Royal Society of Arts 1.10.19 Katie Gascoigne On Tuesday the 1st of October 2019, around 30 representatives from the council, health services, education and the third sector came together...
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The Leeds Big Book Grab!

On Friday  27th September, as part of the launch month for the Year of Reading, 40 schools, settings and charities were invited to come and grab 150 books from our secret store in the south...
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Year of Reading Launch Event

On Thursday 12th September 2019, pupils, teachers, councillors, librarians, council officers, charity colleagues, Ronny the Rhino and others gathered at Shakespeare Primary School to officially launch Leeds’ Year of Reading. A 3 year partnership agreement...
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The best books for children?

When we are asked our opinion on what are the best books for children to read, like every question, we bring our own experiences directly to bear. I was one of 5 children, born in...
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Cambodia Experience

Erica Hiorns, School Improvement Advisor and a member of the the Learning Improvement team since 2013, has recently returned from a 3 week visit to Cambodia working with local teachers to help them to make...
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Why a love of reading is vital

Anyone who has ever been involved in education of any kind will be aware of the powerful effect reading can have on educational progress in general. I have taught and led schools for over 25...
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