Primary

Story Makers Festival

Lisa Stephenson from The Story Makers Company writes about the importance of stories and imagination in education and the recent Story Makers Festival, “Story Rebels: A New Kind of Hero”. Collectively reimagining the ways in which we can live together and share this planet is more pressing than ever! Children’s main concerns include their future...
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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 at Shakespeare Primary School for a workshop investigating school exclusions. This formed part of the council’s collaboration with the RSA...
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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 of Leeds. We had over 220 applications for the limited number of slots so had to operate a ‘first come,...
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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 was signed with The Booktrust (http://www.booktrust.org.uk ) which will bring over £1 million worth of books and resources into the...
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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 1970 and grew up without a TV in the house (except for a brief, glorious and mysterious period that coincided...
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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 a sustainable difference in their teaching practice. Erica has been an education professional since 1988. She was a high school...
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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 years now and have directly taught classes from Reception to GCSE English. My experience has confirmed time and again how...
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The 3As Strategy in Leeds

We are launching our new 3As strategy which builds on previous education plans in Leeds and aims to improve outcomes and experiences for all children and young people in the city. Some children and young people face particular challenges in getting the most out of education. Research and national data highlights that children from deprived...
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Year of reading

Leeds is declaring September 2019 – September 2020 a Year of reading! This is in order to activate the whole city around reading and the love of reading. Currently there is a large gap in achievement between secondary school students who read books for pleasure and those who do not (OECD, 2010; Mol and Bus,...
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