Leeds for Learning Primary & Secondary Achievement for All Conference & Exhibition
Event Dates and Prices
15th March 2019
Achievement for All: Breaking Down Barriers
The 2019 Primary and Secondary Achievement for All: Breaking Down Barriers will be a day of professional learning for school leaders and governors. Guidance on how to minimise the impact of these barriers will be explored through exciting and inspirational workshops led by local and regional schools that have had proven impact on pupils across all phases.
All of this will take place amongst the excellent facilities of Weetwood Hall, and will be hosted by Leeds City Council School Improvement Team and local leaders, who have a proven track record of delivering high impact professional learning.
During the Conference, Mondale Events are delighted to present an exhibition, where a range of companies and organisations catering for both Primary and Secondary Education will be displaying their products and services. This event is likely to be very popular and companies wishing to exhibit are urged to book their space as soon as possible. Please view the list of those exhibitors already participating and contact us should wish to take advantage of this excellent opportunity to promote your product in this marketplace.
Delegates are requested to register using the register button to the left of this page.
Workshops will be allocated on a first come, first served basis and, in the event of a workshop being full, delegates will be asked to choose an alternative. The full day delegate cost for this conference is £210 for SLA schools and £240 for non-SLA schools which includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day.
Governors with the responsibility of Closing the Gap and Diminishing the difference are invited to attend until 11.25am at a cost of £60 to hear the keynote speech.
Schools will be invoiced directly from Leeds City Council following registration on this site.
The following workshops will be running and can be selected on the booking form.
1A) Improving Attendance in Secondary
John Zeb, Senior Vice Principal, Leeds West Academy, White Rose Academies Trust and Oliver Brady, Deputy Head, South Hunsley Academy
South Hunsley School is an outstanding school that has maintained student attainment consistently in the top 5% nationally for the past 5 years. The school has won the National Pupil Premium Award in 2014 and 2017, based on the consistent high attainment of its Pupil Premium cohort. This has led to the development of a successful SSIF project that, based around building and supporting an explicit link between attendance and attainment, is working with a number of schools in the region to support improvements in Pupil Premium performance.
1B) Improving attendance in Early Years
Early Years Improvement Team
Attendance in the early years is just as important as it is in any other key stage. Encouraging good attendance can be an issue for early years practitioners particularly for children in nursery and below statutory school age. The EY team will share how they support schools and settings to improve attendance and thus improve outcomes.
1C) EAL/ BME (Primary)
Joanne Marshall, AHT, Harehills Primary School
The leaders from Harehills Primary school will share their successful approaches to tackling barriers that families new to the country face. This includes families from the Gypsy, Roma, Traveller (GRT) communities and many new to English and new to school pupils. Hear how the school have used their pupil premium funding to fund an experienced and skilled Pastoral Hub team dedicated to meeting the diverse needs of the children.
2A) Raising Aspiration and Expectations, Reducing Prejudice - School cultures and practices: supporting the attainment of disadvantaged pupils (Mainly Primary, other phases welcome)
Louise Booth HT and James Lillywhite AHT, Beeston Hill St Luke’s Primary School
This workshop is based on the recent DfE report which adds another piece to a growing jigsaw about meeting the needs of disadvantaged learners. The research provides an in-depth analysis of a set of school cultures and practices that existing research has linked to positive outcomes for disadvantaged pupils. These cultures and practices range from how schools support parents’ and pupils’ aspirations and expectations, to the way in which they use data and evidence to monitor outcomes and how they respond to the latest developments in research. Beeston Hill St Luke’s was part of this research and the leadership team will share how they create a culture that supports high attainment for all children.
2B) Ensuring consistent quality of teaching/insufficient focus on disadvantaged in schools or settings (Primary & Secondary)
John Hutchinson HT, St Therea’s Roman Catholic Primary School and Erica Hiorns, School Improvement adviser
Having a growth mindset, resilience and good strategies for learning can ensure that a child succeeds. Hear how the leadership team at St Theresa’s RC Primary have developed a whole school approach so that all children consistently achieve well. Erica will then share how a knowledge based curriculum support disadvantaged pupils.
2C) Growing Confidence at Transition (Primary & Secondary)
Brigshaw Learning Partnership
The Brigshaw Learning Partnership believes that preparing for the KS2 to KS3 transition is a challenge for pupils AND staff. Today’s children are learning differently and are entering the secondary phase better prepared than ever. Our challenge is to ensure that our secondary school professionals are ready for them and that children don’t get lost or slip under the radar. We work closely with the primary specialists who know them best and we discuss pedagogy together, learning from each other. This session will outline the range of strategies we use to ensure that staff and pupils are ready for the move and are involved in reviewing how well the move is going.
3A) Improving Cultural Capital/Building on Pre-Education Background - Building cultural capital through music education (Mainly Primary, other phases welcome)
Andy Gamble HT and Rachel Troughton DHT, Windmill and Low Road Music Federation
Research suggests that cultural capital promotes social mobility. Cultural capital includes going on holidays abroad, visiting museums and art galleries and learning to play a classical instrument. Every child at Low Road and Windmill Primary Schools learns to play an instrument in partnership with Opera North. Listen to the Head teacher and Deputy sharing what this means for the children of their federation and the benefits of this wonderful experience.
3B) Encouraging Parents to Engage in Learning (Primary and Secondary)
Bracken Edge Primary School and Batley Girls’ High School
Challenging Poverty of Aspiration: Practical strategies to engage parents and build parental and community partnership. Building a culture of aspiration in order to secure progress and outcomes. Parents play a crucial role in supporting their children’s learning, and levels of parental engagement are consistently associated with better academic outcomes. This is particularly important for disadvantaged learners. Bracken Edge Primary School and Batley Girls’ High School will share how their parent workshops help families to support their children and increase confidence with all aspects of school life.
3C) Healthier Nutrition/ Improving Mental and Physical Health (Primary and Secondary)
Health and Wellbeing Team
This workshop will support colleagues to increase the readiness to attend, achieve and attain by using the My Health My School survey perception data to identify gaps, needs and plan for holistic health and wellbeing improvements.