Thursday, 8 October 2009

Agreement to hold further talks to resolve bin strike in Leeds

Representatives from Unison, the GMB and Leeds City Council are to meet again tomorrow (Friday 9 October) at 1pm for further talks to discuss proposals to resolve a bin strike currently affecting Leeds.


This afternoon, the three groups met for over three hours of discussions.


They are trying to reach agreement on how to end a five week old strike which has been causing disruption to street cleaning and refuse collection services.

Posted via web from Leeds City Council

You can make a difference in south Leeds

Whether it’s litter, parking, anti-social behaviour, youth services, or any of the many services the council provides, the people of south Leeds are to get the chance to ‘Have Your Say’

The community engagement events have been organised in the area on 13th and 15th October to give local residents the chance to help shape the future of their neighbourhoods, have a greater voice and influence on decision making.

It’s an ideal opportunity for residents to tell the council what improvements they would like to see made.

Organised by the Inner South Area Committee, the events will be attended by local ward councillors, council officers and partners from other agencies who will be on hand to discuss any suggestions people may have.

The area committee, made up of elected local councillors, has an area delivery plan which details actions to be carried out to improve local neighbourhoods. Residents’ ideas and suggestions will be pinpointed on large scale maps to help identify priorities and provide services that are more responsive to the needs of local communities.

Councillor Angela Gabriel, chair of the Inner South Area Committee, said:
“This is an opportunity for residents to meet their local councillors, council officers and other local organisations, and to help influence decision making on matters which will have an impact on their lives.
“People who live and work in the area are best placed to say what affects them and it is important that their views are reflected in the services we deliver.”

Councillor Les Carter, executive board member responsible for neighbourhoods, said:
“Residents involvement in local decision making is important as it can help to create a greater sense of community spirit, belonging and pride.
“This type of initiative is an important way of working with local people and I hope that residents will make use of these opportunities and help to shape their future for the better.”

The drop-in events will take place at
City & Hunslet ward: New Bewerley Primary School, 13 October, between 3pm and 5 pm.
Beeston & Holbeck ward: Cottingley Primary School, 15 October, between 3pm and 5pm

Further events are planned for Spring 2010 to feedback on the outcomes of these two events.

Residents with any questions should contact Sarah May in the South East Area Management Team on 0113 2243040 email

For media enquiries, please contact:
Michael Molcher, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 224 3937

Equality work receives national recognition from Secretary of State

Race equality work in Leeds schools will receive national recognition from the Secretary of State for Children Schools and Families when he attends the Stephen Lawrence Education Standard awards ceremony.

Ed Balls MP will attend the annual awards ceremony, which take place at SPACE@Hillcrest Primary School on Friday 9 October, where he will address 48 Leeds schools and their young people who are being presented with awards.

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Media are invited to the Stephen Lawrence Education Standard awards which taken place between 9am and 3.15pm at SPACE@Hillcrest Primary School, Cowper Street, Chapeltown, LS7 4DR. The first awards will be presented at 11.30am. Ed Balls MP will speak and present awards between 12.35 and 1pm. Please contact Jon Crampton on 0113 3951577 to confirm attendance or email
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To achieve the award, schools and early years centres have to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and evidence of promoting inclusion and race equality to help transform education. The latest 48 awards takes the total number of accredited schools and early years centres in the city to more than 200.

Guests at the ceremony will be entertained by performances from Kippax Ash Tree Primary School, Ebor Gardens Primary School, East SILC - John Jamieson, Raynville Primary School, The South Leeds Academy, Rawdon St Peter’s C of E Primary School, St Oswald’s Church of England Primary School, Kirkstall Valley Primary School and the Aireborough Stephen Lawrence Cluster.

The Leeds Silver Steel Sparrows, which comprises of pupils from both City of Leeds School and Notre Dame 6th Form College, will provide musical entertainment.

The chief executive of Education Leeds, Chris Edwards, and the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Judith Elliott, will also speak about the importance of tolerance and understanding and the excellent work which is taking place in schools across the city to promote the message to children and young people.

Councillor Richard Harker, executive board member for learning at Leeds City Council, said:
“The Stephen Lawrence Education Standard is a valuable award which continues the city’s proud tradition of celebrating cultural diversity.

“It promotes the importance of race equality, not only in schools, but in all walks of life, and encourages our children and young people to treat everybody equally regardless of their race, beliefs or religion.”

Chris Edwards, chief executive of Education Leeds, said:
”It is testament to the successes of the Stephen Lawrence award that the Secretary of State is attending the ceremony this year. The award is unique to Leeds but is a fantastic example nationally of what can be done to promote the importance of race equality to all children and young people.

“We want all schools to be inclusive, brilliant learning places and this amazing scheme is really helping. It enriches learning, broadens young people’s horizons and embeds a culture of equality in our schools and communities.”

Ed Balls, Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, said:
"Schools have a key role to play in building a fair, integrated and tolerant society for all children growing up in Britain today. I believe a Stephen Lawrence Education Award is a sign of a good school. It means they’re committed to doing all they can to show that racism has no place in their school and that pupils understand different cultures and backgrounds. Winning a Stephen Lawrence Education Award is a great achievement and I congratulate all of the schools, teachers and pupils who are leading the way in Leeds.
"I want to do more to spread what Leeds is doing to other areas where it can also make a real difference. I’m delighted to announce that we have decided to promote the Stephen Lawrence Education Awards and the other best equality initiatives, like the Rights Respecting School Awards in Hampshire, to all local authorities across the country so that they can spread the benefits of awards to help schools work in partnership with their local community and other schools to promote equality in all they do. This will include my department preparing a tool-kit for other areas who want to do it and co-hosting an event with Education Leeds for other local authorities."

The standard was developed in partnership between Education Leeds, the Leeds City Council and black and minority community representatives, in response to the death of Stephen Lawrence in 1993 and the publication of the MacPherson Inquiry Report six years later.

The 48 schools receiving a Stephen Lawrence Education Standard are:
Abbey Grange Church of England High School; All Saint's Richmond Hill Church of England Primary School; Austhorpe Primary School; Benton Park School; Blackgates Primary School; Brudenell Primary School; Chapel Allerton Primary School; Colton Primary School; Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School; Ebor Gardens Primary School; Fieldhead Carr Primary School; Five Lanes Primary School; Guiseley School Technology College; Guiseley Infant and Nursery School; Hawksworth Wood Children’s Centre; Hawksworth Church of England Primary School; East SILC - John Jamieson; Kippax Ash Tree Primary School; Kirkstall Valley Primary School; Lawnswood School; Meadowfield Primary School; Priesthorpe Sports Specialist College; Queensway Primary School; Rawdon Littlemoor Primary School; Raynville Primary School; Richmond Hill Primary School; Robin Hood Primary School; Rufford Park Primary School; Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School; Shire Oak Church of England Primary School; Spring Bank Primary School; St Anthony's Catholic Primary School; St. Chads Church of England Primary School; St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Pudsey; St. Oswald's Church of England Junior School; Rawdon St Peter's Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School; SS Peter and Paul Catholic Primary School, Yeadon; St Philip's Catholic Primary and Nursery School; St Theresa's Catholic Primary School; Swillington Primary School; Temple Moor High School Science College; Templenewsam Halton Primary School; Tranmere Park Primary School; Westwood Primary School; Woodlesford Primary School; Yeadon Westfield Infant School; Yeadon Westfield Junior School; Whitkirk Primary School.


Notes to editors:
The 12 criteria of the Stephen Lawrence Education Standard are:
1. A whole school approach.
2. School self-evaluation.
3. A written race equality policy.
4. Written anti-racist and anti-bullying policies, with clear procedures to deal with racial harassment and bullying.
5. An effective approach to monitoring and responding to racist incidents.
6. An inclusive policy on the procedures for pupil admissions, assessment and transfer.
7. A written policy for involving parents, carers and the community in working with and supporting the school.
8. An inclusive curriculum which positively reflects a culturally and religiously diverse society, promotes race equality, and prepares pupils to become responsible citizens.
9. An effective monitoring process of black and minority ethnic pupils, particularly to academic attainment and exclusions. Target should be set for improvement for all groups of children.
10. The effective monitoring of staff recruitment, staff development and governors appointments, with targets for recruitment from ethnic minority groups.
11. Mandatory anti-racist training for all staff and governors.
12. Race equality and community cohesion action plans.

For media enquiries please contact:
Jon Crampton, Leeds City Council press office, 0113 3951577