Friday, 23 September 2011

Education leaders head to Leeds to talk passion, potential and performance

Leaders in education from across the whole country are being challenged to think differently to tackle the changes facing the industry at the UK’s biggest annual education conference which this year, is being held in Leeds.

The North of England Education Conference,
is an annual event which has taken place for over a hundred years and attracts some of the country’s most high profile speakers on education and children’s services. This year’s conference is being hosted by Leeds City Council and partners including Leeds University and Leeds Met University, and will take place at the Royal Armouries museum between 4 and 6 January 2012.

Billed as the education conference, the Leeds North of England Education Conference is an opportunity for those involved in education and children’s services at all levels to come together and create the latest thinking around children and young people. This year’s theme; passion, potential, performance: thinking differently – poses challenging questions about the purpose of education and learning.

The conference will explore how greater passion can be inspired in the system so that more young people, and the people who work with them, make inspired choices, continue learning and aspire to world class performance. The debate will be inspired by powerful and diverse perspectives on the potential of all of us to think differently about what can be achieved and how people learn.

The conference is not just about exploring the issues, but giving delegates the skills and the inspiration to challenge existing practices and return to work equipped to make a difference. The Leeds conference will focus on inspiration: be inspired by the debate; be inspirational in their work; and, inspire children and young people to be passionate, realise their potential and perform to their best ability.

A strong feature of the conference is the involvement of children and young people.

Councillor Judith Blake, executive member responsible for children’s services at Leeds City Council, said:
“We are very proud to be hosting this prestigious event, which is a must in every education professional’s calendar. This is a great opportunity for education and children’s services leaders to share their ideas and opinions; and help to shape the future for children and young people in the UK.

“We have some great speakers coming to the conference already and we’re especially looking forward to welcoming Jude Kelly back to Leeds. Mick Waters will be a great president and we look forward to the challenge, direction and enthusiasm he will bring to the Leeds conference.

“Children and young people will be participating in all aspects of the conference which will help to focus the proceedings on the impact of decisions and actions on the end users – the children and young people in our cities.

“This will be a great opportunity to showcase the city of Leeds and the great work we are doing here for our children and young people. We are very proud of Leeds and look forward to welcoming everyone to our great city.”

The Leeds North of England Education Conference will be a dynamic, interactive, participative experience. As well as listening to the opposing viewpoints of the nationally and internationally recognised keynote speakers, delegates will engage with and form an integral part of the debate that will shape the direction of the conference over the three days, and beyond.

Professor Mick Waters will be presiding over the Leeds conference 2012. With wide experience in the world of education, Mick is perhaps best known as the former director of curriculum at the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority.
Making her return to Leeds Jude Kelly OBE, artistic director of the London Southbank Centre and former director of the West Yorkshire Playhouse, is one of the conference’s key note speakers. Other speakers already announced are:
Professor Sir Tim Brighouse, the former London Schools Commissioner;
Matthew Syed, broadcaster, journalist, Olympic sportsman and author of Bounce;
Dylan Wiliam, Emeritus Professor of educational assessment, Institute of Education, University of London;
Dr Barry Hymer, freelance educator and former educational psychologist;
Steve Munby, chief executive of the National College of School Leadership;
Professor Stephen Heppell, founder of Ultralab and;
Ian McMillan poet, broadcaster, commentator and programme-maker, and;
Professor Gervase Phinn former teacher and education advisor and schools inspector, and author;
Nick Hudson, director of children’s services at Wigan Council;
John Dunford, chair of Whole Education and the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors; and
Andre Imach government advisor on special educational needs;

More speakers will be announced in the coming months.

Places are still available, and a special discounted rate of £395 is available for the first 250 people to book before 30 September. The normal rate is £495. For more information on the conference and how to book, visit the website, email Suzanne Caine or call 07891 278 035.

Despite the conference name, delegates attend from across the UK and beyond. In recent years the conference has taken place outside of the north of England.

For media enquiries, please contact:
Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 2474713

Media opportunity - Breeze has Talent

Last year's winners Demeanor will perform at the final of Breeze has Talent on Sunday

Breeze has Talent is back again for the fourth year running – to prove that once again Leeds is bursting with talented young performers.

Members of the media are intived to attend the Breeze has talent final at the Carriageworks theatre on Millennium Square on Sunday 25 September at 7pm.

The Breeze has talent final will showcase and celebrate the passion, skill, energy and enthusiasm of young performers from all across Leeds. The show will also feature a performance from last years Breeze has Talent winners dance troop Demeanour, and Seas of Green who write, record and release their music independently, making this a fantastic show not to be missed.

The acts battling it out to be crowned champion are:
Niamh Dunnigan - singer
Eighteen Yards – Rock band
Beth Gordon – singer and guitarist
Hattie and Izzie – vocal and guitar duo
Francesca Pidgeon – singer and guitarist
Eden Ottman - singer
The Reel Thing – Irish dance group
The Rift – vocal and guitar duo
Tamara Sharp – singer
Robert Smith – dancer

For media enquiries, please contact:
Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 2474713

ASDA chief announced as new chair of Marketing Leeds

Posted on the Leeds City Council virtual newsroom on behalf of Marketing Leeds, who issued it earlier today:

Marketing Leeds has appointed a new Chair and Deputy Chair as part of its reinvention as a broader delivery body for attracting investment to the city.

Asda Chief Executive Andy Clarke is to take on the role of Chair of Marketing Leeds along with Roger Marsh of PwC, who will become Deputy Chair.

The pair will lead the board of Marketing Leeds as it widens its focus to include attracting new business and tourists to Leeds, whilst continuing its current profile raising activity.

Marketing Leeds is being developed as a new force in promoting the city’s profile and potential as it acquires a wider brief for maximising what Leeds has to offer. It is taking on the additional brief for work previously done by Locate in Leeds, Visit Leeds and Conference Leeds.

Andy Clarke, supported by Roger Marsh, will work closely with the new chief executive for Marketing Leeds, a role currently in recruitment, to spearhead its evolution as it encompasses and develops the work of these organisations. Marketing Leeds works closely in partnership with its private and public sector stakeholders, known as Leeds champions, as well as its two shareholders, Leeds City Council and the Chamber of Commerce.

Andy and Roger will take up their posts when outgoing chair, Nigel McClea, retires in October 2011 as his term of office comes to an end.

Councillor Keith Wakefield, Leader of Leeds City Council, said:
“I am delighted that Andy has agreed to chair Marketing Leeds and steer it through its evolution into a major player in attracting jobs, investment and people to the city.

“As the head of one of the country’s biggest retailers with a major international company behind it, Andy is a key player in the commercial sector. This further consolidates the city’s links with ASDA, which of course has its headquarters here in Leeds.

“It is a further bonus to have Roger’s expertise with his experience with one of the major international players in the financial industry as well as having also worked at the heart of government. Andy’s and Roger’s input will be invaluable as we continue to work very hard to improve opportunities for local people in the face of enormous economic and employment challenges. They will help ensure that Leeds really capitalises on what it does best.

“I would also like to pay tribute to the outgoing chair, Nigel McClea, who has provided excellent leadership to the board of Marketing Leeds over the last three years”.

Andy Clarke began his retail career at the age of 17 while at school in Grantham, Lincolnshire. He first joined ASDA in 1992, working in a variety of trading roles and as a store manager before joining clothing company Matalan in 2001 and later frozen foods firm Iceland.

He returned to ASDA in 2005 and was appointed chief executive in spring last year. Before re-joining ASDA he also chaired the CBI’s (Confederation of British Industry) distributive trades panel for almost two and a half years. Andy Clarke is a keen rugby fan and played for the local Kesteven Rugby Club in Lincolnshire.

Roger Marsh is the Office Senior Partner and leads PwC’s government and public sector practice across the North. He is also a member of the UK Firm’s Supervisory Board, an elected governance body acting on behalf of the partners of the firm, 16,000 staff and £2.5bn of annual revenues.

Born in 1953, Roger was educated in the North East. Having completed his grammar school education, in 1972 he was sponsored to university by the former British Steel Corporation. Following graduation from Leeds University with a BSc (Honours) in metallurgy he joined Price Waterhouse where he trained and qualified as a chartered accountant.

Before taking up his current role in the firm, Roger served at the heart of Government during a full time secondment to the Cabinet Office. Roger is regarded as one of the most experienced business recovery and insolvency experts in the country having been a partner for 23 years.

Notes to editors:
Marketing Leeds is the city’s strategic marketing organisation. It aims to raise the profile of Leeds as a vibrant, dynamic, internationally competitive city and as the gateway to Yorkshire and the UK.

The company is limited by guarantee, with a board of directors drawn from a cross section of the business community and the council.
The existing chair will formally step down from his role on 14 October 2011 at which time both Andy and Roger will take up their new roles.
In the next few weeks the wider membership of the Marketing Leeds Board will be reviewed and refreshed.
It is expected the enhanced Marketing Leeds will become fully operational with its new functions and responsibilities in early 2012.


Contact Natalie Gibson at Marketing Leeds for further info Tel: 0113 214 5190);

Please note we will be arranging interviews with Andy Clark and Roger Marsh once the current Chair retires from office in October. If you would like to request an interview please email Natalie Gibson as above.

Views sought on new design guide for householders

CGS: In rural areas a mixture of stone walls, low fences and open gates create an attractive streetscape.

CGS: These dormers are small additions which are well positioned in the roofscape and do not cramp the chimneys

CGS: The spaces around listed buildings are important

A new guide will soon be available to help householders in Leeds who want to extend or alter their home.

The Householder Design Guide, which is now out for public consultation, has been produced by planners at Leeds City Council to advise people how to design high quality extensions which fit in with their surroundings.

Whether it is putting in a dormer window, building an extension or adding a conservatory, the guide offers advice and information to ensure the work will be done sympathetically and not intrude on neighbours. There are also sections on extending or altering properties in the green belt and in conservation areas, adding a driveway and even hiding your waste bins.

The guide is based on principles from the Leeds Unitary Development plan, which seeks to protect and improve the residential environment throughout the city.

The 44 –page document is split into two sections. The first outlines general principles for people to consider when they thinking about extending their home and the second section gives for focused advice on different types of extension. Officers considering planning applications will take its guidance into account when they reach their decisions.

The guide is currently in draft form and the council wants to hear people’s views about it before it is finally published.

Cllr Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council’s executive member for city development , said:

“The consultation is to canvas people’s views to ensure that the guide is useful and relevant for people.

“Homeowners who want to extend need to think about the character of their house and about the areas that they live in and then design an extension that is in keeping with that. We hope this guide will help them do that.”

People who want to find out more about the guide or take part in the consultation can log on to:

They can also attend one of two public meetings on 18th October at Leeds Civic Hall. The meeting for West Leeds will be in the morning and for East Leeds in the afternoon.

For media enquiries please contact:
Annie Goodyear, Leeds City Council press office Tel:0113 2243937

Vision for Leeds – best city for health and wellbeing

The theme of health and wellbeing was the focus of a community launch event at Armley Helping Hands yesterday (Thursday 22 September, 1.30pm).

The event was the official launch of the health and wellbeing element of the Vision for Leeds, and also the city priority plan for health and wellbeing. Local politicians and directors of key health and social care services in the city were present to talk about the ambitious plans in more detail, and to answer any questions.

Leader of Leeds City Council, Councillor Keith Wakefield, welcomed guests to the event and executive board member with responsibility for adult health in the city, Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, gave an overview of the vision itself.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon said:
“Our aspiration is for Leeds to be the best city in the UK. In order to achieve this we need to address any inequalities that exist, and make sure that everyone has access to the same opportunities in order for them to enjoy good health and wellbeing.

“The vision is ambitious, and it will be a challenge to deliver in the context of the recent, significant cuts to public sector funding. Therefore, partnership working with businesses and organisations, and with local communities will be vital in order to achieve the very best for the people of Leeds.”

One of the Vision for Leeds’ key aims is to make Leeds a healthy and caring city for everyone where:
• People live longer and have healthier lives;
• People are supported by high quality services to live full, active and independent lives; and
• Inequalities in health are reduced. For example, people will not have poorer health because of where they live, what group they belong to or how much money they have.

Councillor Yeadon and a panel of specially invited guests were invited to discuss what will be required to make Leeds the best city for health and wellbeing. The panel included Rachel Reeves MP, Susie Brown (Zest, Health for Life), Sandie Keene (director of adult social services LCC), Dr Ian Cameron (joint director of public health, NHS Leeds and LCC) and Dr Gordon Sinclair (chair of one of the GP commissioning consortia, H3plus Group).

The launch took place at Armley Helping Hands, one of the city’s 32 neighbourhood networks. The organisation is a registered charity which provides support to older people and their families in Armley and Wortley. It provides education, recreation and leisure time activities with the aim of improving quality of life and reducing social isolation.

Neighbourhood networks in Leeds currently provide support to around 25,000 older people. The council and NHS have pledged investment of over £1.7million per annum for five years in these networks and the older people that they help.

Councillor Yeadon added:
“Armley Helping Hands is a great example of what we are trying to achieve in all Leeds communities – local people, the voluntary sector and Leeds City Council working in partnership to improve the lives of older people. It also satisfies two key outcomes of the council’s city priority plan, which are to ‘support more people to live safely in their own homes’ and ‘give people choice and control over their health and social care services.

“I would like to thank the organisation for hosting the event today and for their ongoing commitment to improving the lives of vulnerable people in the city.”

Dr Ian Cameron, joint director of public health, NHS Leeds and Leeds City Council said:
“There are many social, economic and environmental factors that affect people’s health in Leeds, resulting in some people having poorer health than others.

“The Vision for Leeds presents a real opportunity to address health inequalities in our most deprived communities, and set out plans and strategies to help us become the best city for health and wellbeing in the country.

“Our health and social care services must continue to work together to help people stay active and independent for as long as possible, and make sure that appropriate care is available to everyone when it is needed.”

Additional info

Leeds’ neighbourhood networks have gained national acclaim for their work in supporting older people and helping them to stay in their own homes, living independently for as long as possible, and were also praised in the Audit Commission's 'Under Pressure' report. They organise a range of activities, including help with gardening, DIY, shopping, exercise, classes, housing and money advice. They are voluntary support organisations, mostly charities, and are mainly run by volunteers.

For media enquiries, please contact;
Claire Macklam, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1578