Pupil voice, participation and sustainability newsletters
Each half term we produce a Pupil voice, participation and sustainability bulletin for schools. This bulletin contains lots of useful information, updates, links and training information that may be of use to professionals working in schools and settings with a focus on climate education, sustainability, improving pupil voice and participation in your setting as well as other essential updates.
This is also available to be sent directly to your inbox if you have an account on our Leeds for Learning website.
The benefits of plants in the classroom
Watch this 2 min video from Edutopia summarising 5 reasons that it is beneficial to bring plants into school classrooms.
$20M new funding announced at Earthshot Innovation Summit
New funds to turbocharge the Earthshots
As the dust settles on The Earthshot Prize Innovation Summit held in New York on Wednesday, it’s a chance to reflect on some of the incredible announcements and discussions that took place.
Leeds School Uniform Exchange
Leeds School Uniform Exchange aims to make it easy to share good quality, second hand uniform at a time when the challenge of the cost of living has never been more keenly felt.
New education toolkit to empower students to become the generation that ends HIV stigma
A new resource called ‘Empowering Students: End HIV Stigma’ was officially launched at an event at Parliament on 23 March 2022, organised by UK charity CHIVA and hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on HIV and AIDS.
The new toolkit, developed by young people living with HIV, will enable teachers to educate young people with the facts about HIV in an engaging way and inspire them to become the generation that ends HIV stigma.
Help and advice for talking to pupils about Russia's invasion of Ukraine
Russia's invasion of Ukraine is distressing and concerning and many children and young people may be worried about what they are seeing and hearing in the media, including on social media platforms.
This article contains links to many resources. We will continue to update this article with helpful information to support you in exploring these difficult topics and avoid misinformation.
Dfe assured funded senior mental health lead training with Leeds City Council.
In June the DfE announced the introduction of the senior lead mental heath training grant:
'The Department for Education (DfE) is offering a £1,200 grant for a senior member of school or college staff to access quality assured training to implement an effective whole school or college approach to mental health and wellbeing in your setting. Grants of £1,200 will be available to around a third of all eligible state schools and colleges in England in the 2021 to 2022 financial year. This is part of the government’s commitment to offer this training to all eligible schools and colleges by 2025.
The grant is provided to cover (or contribute to) the cost of attending a quality assured course and may also be used to hire supply staff whilst leads are engaged in learning.' (www.gov.uk)
We are delighted to announce that we have been successful in bidding to become a DfE quality assured course provider. Our new DfE quality-assured intermediate level training programme will be launched from February 2022.
The 'Developing a whole school approach to leading mental health in your school' programme will be available to all schools in the Yorkshire and Humber region and is aimed at leaders in school who are familiar with the role and / or have 'completed limited senior mental health leadership training' already.
If you are unasure if this level of training will be right for you please do get in touch for a chat.
Read the full article to find out more about our offer to schools in the Yorkshire and Humber region.
Sustainability & Climate Change - a draft strategy for the education & children’s services systems
Young people will be empowered to take action on the environment as part of new measures designed to put climate change at the heart of education.
Announcing a range of measures in a speech at COP26 today, Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi sets out a vision for all children to be taught about the importance of conserving and protecting our planet.
First-ever winner of Prince William's Earthshot prize announced
The Earthshot Prize revealed the first-ever five Prize Winners of the most prestigious environment awards in history at a ceremony held at London’s Alexandra Palace on SUnday 17th October. Each of the 5 winners will receive £1million prize money and a global network of professional and technical support to scale their remarkable environmental solutions to repair our planet and accelerate their impact.
The 5 winners included cutting-edge technologists, innovators, an entire country, and a pioneering city were selected by The Earthshot Prize Council and were chosen for their ground-breaking solutions to the greatest environmental challenges facing our planet and their ability to scale their impact globally in response to the urgent challenges we face.
NEW National Food Strategy - The Plan
Following the publishing of Part One last year, The National Food Strategy – The Plan, is now ready! This plan includes a series of recommendations designed to be implemented over the next three years, they are essential first steps in a longer-term transition for better food systems.
Moving up! transition animation and toolkit with accompanying booklet for parents and carers.
Support children's transitions to secondary school with the Anna Freud Moving Up! animation, toolkit and booklet.
Eat Like a Champ - FREE Primary Lessons on Healthy Eating
Eat Like A Champ (ELAC) is a six-lesson programme designed to teach primary school pupils in Year 5 about healthy, sustainable lifestyles.