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 (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) on an exciting initiative to explore cultures, practices and interventions for young people at risk of exclusion across Leeds.

The workshop was mostly interactive, after the RSA shared some of their findings they facilitated group discussions around the factors currently driving exclusion trends in Leeds and this was followed by an activity in which attendees worked together on example case studies of children at risk of exclusion. It was clear from the data and discussions that Leeds is doing very well compared to regional and national exclusion patterns in some measures but there are still areas for improvement around fixed term exclusions and reduced timetables in particular. As a city we are always wanting to learn and do better so ways in which practice could be improved further were reflected upon. Some of the key ideas elicited by the activities included a focus on partnership work, preventative approaches and helping children to gain confidence in their own learning.

It was a great event which gave people from a range of backgrounds the chance to come together and understand how we can all help to promote inclusion in Leeds schools, a key part of our goal to make Leeds a child friendly city for all!

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