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Leeds Loves Reading – Advice, Tips and Tricks!

Leeds loves reading If you are staying inside, have children, are working from home or would simply like to read more, we have a few ideas that will help you along the way. Happy reading! Scroll down for advice on reading, podcasts, children’s resources and more.   Books Reading books is a way to get...
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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 are unprecedented times and it has taken phenomenal leadership and bravery for schools to hold their communities together and continue...
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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 is extremely polarised and various unsupportable points have been made. Concern was expressed by a range of leaders and interested...
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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 excluded from school than their peers. Just 6% of pupils who experience a permanent exclusion pass their GCSE English and...
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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 find and those advocating a more inclusive approach are accused of not caring about staff or well-behaved children, whereas those...
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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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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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