Friday, 30 October 2009

OPERATIONAL NOTICE: EDL and UAF demonstrations in Leeds

** For information only - strictly not for broadcast or publication **

Tomorrow, Saturday 31 October, two major demonstrations are taking place in Leeds city centre. They will involve the English Defence League and Unite Against Fascism.

Leeds City Council and West Yorkshire Police have organised a joint operation to keep disruption to a minimum.

The council's press office will be open from 0930 tomorrow morning to deal with media queries relating to the authority's involvement in the joint operation.

Journalists should call 0113 247 4328.

Queries concerning the policing of the event, any public order or safety issues and operational matters should be directed to the West Yorkshire Police press office on 01924 292045.

Road closures because of EDL and UAF demonstrations in Leeds

Between 12pm and 3pm on Saturday 31 October there will be two major demonstrations taking place in Leeds city centre.

One will be on Victoria Gardens near to the art gallery, the second is in City Square opposite the Queens Hotel.

From 6am to 7pm, Cookridge Street (from the Headrow to St Anne's Street) and the east bound side of the Headrow (from Calverley Street to Cookridge Street) will be closed.

Some minor traffic disruption is expected.

A joint Leeds City Council and West Yorkshire Police operation has been planned to minimise disruption to shoppers and retailers in the city while the demonstrations take place, so that it can be business as usual in Leeds.

OPERATIONAL NOTICE: Media Briefing regarding bin strikes in Leeds

** For information only - strictly not for broadcast or publication at this stage **

You are invited to attend a media briefing regarding the meeting that is taking place on Monday morning (November 2nd) between Unison, the GMB and joint council leaders, councillors Richard Brett and Andrew Carter.

The briefing will take place in Civic Hall.

You will need to be in position from 1045 on Monday and the briefing will take place as soon as the meeting between the councillors and the union representatives concludes.

Clearly, it is impossible to predict when this will be, so you will have to be prepared to wait.

Cllrs Brett and Carter will take questions and be available for one to one interviews.

Please indicate your intention to attend by emailing

Please note, only properly accredited media representatives will be allowed into the briefing.  You may be asked to present your official Press Card or staff identity badge which clearly shows which organisation you represent in order to prove your credentials.

Posted via web from Leeds City Council

Leeds’ BSF project nominated for three awards for the second year

Leeds’ Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme will compete for three awards at the annual ceremony celebrating the transformation of education in England.

For the second year running Leeds’ BSF project - which has seen £260m invested in education in the city - will be up against 11 short listed authorities for the awards at the Excellence in BSF National Awards.

In 2008, Leeds picked up two awards at the ceremony claiming first prize in the Innovation in ICT and the Best Operational LEP categories.

The three categories the city is nominated in this year are: Most Versatile Learning Environment (Pudsey Grangefield School); Local Education Partnership of the Year (Leeds LEP); and Most Effective ICT Partnering (Education Leeds/RM).

Pudsey Grangefield School has been short listed for the Most Versatile Learning Environment award due to its flexible learning spaces which include innovative features such as special show and tell rooms with tiered seating, breakout spaces and adjustable sized classrooms. It will compete against New Line Learning Academy in Kent; Stanley Park in Sutton; and Joseph Rowntree School, York.

Over the last 12 months the Leeds LEP has had many achievements including successfully delivering two state-of-the-art new build secondary schools (Swallow Hill Community College and Allerton Grange School) on time and on budget. Since the LEP was established, it has saved the BSF programme in Leeds around £40m through effective partnership working and an efficient procurement process. For the LEP of the Year award, Leeds will compete against Newcastle LEP; Nottingham City BSF; Sheffield BSF; STaG BSF; and Westminster BSF.

Education Leeds and RM have been short listed for the Most Effective ICT Partnering award. The partnership has seen state-of-the-art equipment included in BSF schools - including Sony PSPs, Nintendo DS Lites, and iPods – to assist and engage children and young people in their studies. The partnership is also creating innovative ways to improve student involvement, attendance, sharing good teaching methods and safeguarding and has developed the ‘Evolve’ programme which provides schools with support to embed new technologies in teaching and learning. Education Leeds and RM will compete in the award against Lambeth/RM; Lewisham/VT4S; and Sheffield/Civica.

Councillor Richard Harker, executive board member for learning at Leeds City Council, said:
“BSF has helped Leeds transform learning in many of our secondary schools with state-of-the-art buildings and 21st-century facilities. To be nominated for three awards for the second year running is recognition of the many successes the city has seen so far.”

Chris Edwards, chief executive of Education Leeds, said:
“We are at the cutting edge of innovation in Leeds schools. The Leeds BSF partnership has been such a fantastic success as everyone involved shares the same vision to create brilliant learning places for our young people.

“Pudsey Grangefield is a brilliant school which has many exciting features which make it a truly innovative learning space. The Leeds LEP has helped save the city millions of pounds and the ICT partnership with RM has provided state-of-the-art equipment to make learning even better. It is a really wonderful achievement to be short listed - to win would be fantastic.”

Tim Byles, chief executive of Partnerships for Schools, said:
“This year we have been very impressed by the quality of entries received from schools, from local authorities, and from the private sector, making the job of our expert panels even harder than last year.

“There are some great examples of projects to get pupils actively involved in BSF decision-making across the country, fantastic designs for new and remodelled schools, and examples of best practice to hold up within local authorities and the private sector.

“Our awards will be celebrating all of these achievements and demonstrating how BSF is a catalyst for improving the life chances of millions of young people, creating dynamic public private partnerships and helping put schools back at the centre of their community.”

The Excellence in BSF National Awards, organised by Partnerships for Schools, which is responsible for delivering BSF nationally, will take place in London on November 12.


Notes to editors:
Leeds BSF schools are brilliant spaces designed for 21st century Learning and teaching, which provide:
Flexible and varied rooms and spaces, offering different environments for different styles of teaching and learning;
Purposefully designed for the curriculum of today and tomorrow;
Unprecedented levels of cutting-edge learning technology;
Bright, open and safe spaces designed with young people, to engage young people;
Fully inclusive facilities, giving every young person access to the learning, support and care they need;
Unique features reflecting the unique ethos of each school and the needs of the Local young people, families and wider communities they serve;
Exciting and innovative environments for highly effective leadership and teaching.

*Leeds BSF is delivered through the Leeds Local Education Partnership (LEP), which brings together Leeds City Council, Education Leeds, the government's Partnership for Schools (through Building Schools for the Future Investment), and the Interserve led consortium Environments 4 Learning (E4L).

Partnerships for Schools (PfS) is the government’s delivery agent for the full suite of capital investment programmes into schools, including Building Schools for the Future. PfS is a 170-strong organisation, with specialist expertise including educationalists, designers, ICT specialists, commercial managers and project management.

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