Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Celebrating equality in Leeds schools

Pupils in Leeds will be making a song and a dance this week, in celebration of their commitment to race equality .

Pupils and staff from 45 Leeds schools and six children’s centres will be awarded for their commitment to the Stephen Lawrence Education Standard at an inspirational event at Leeds Civic Hall this Friday.

Media opportunity
Date: 23 March 2012
Time: 2.40pm – 3pm
Venue: Leeds Civic Hall, Banqueting Suite
Reporters/ photographers are welcome to attend to the ceremony. The best time to attend to photograph the participants would be during the break, however if you wish to film or photograph any of the performances, please call the press office to arrange a suitable time to attend.

The awards ceremony is an annual celebration event for schools and children's centres that have achieved the standard which promotes race equality. To date, 180 schools and 10 children’s centres in Leeds have achieved the Standard.

Certificates are to be presented to schools and children’s centres achieving Levels 1, 2 or 3 this year. 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 programme for the ceremony will give children and young people an opportunity to share their learning and understanding of being responsible global citizens. Pupils from Harehills Primary, Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School and Stanningley Primary will entertain over two hundred guests attending the ceremony.

Councillor Judith Blake, executive member responsible for children’s services at Leeds City Council said:
“In Leeds we have a proud tradition of celebrating cultural diversity and the Stephen Lawrence Education Standard is an excellent way to broaden young people’s horizons and embed a culture of equality in our schools and communities.

“Our aim to be a Child Friendly City can only be achieved if our young people understand the importance of race equality, not only in schools, but in all walks of life. The standard encourages our children and young people to treat everybody equally regardless of their race, beliefs or religion.”

The Standard was developed in partnership between the former Education Leeds, Leeds City Council and black and minority community representatives, in response to the tragic murder of Stephen Lawrence in 1993 and the publication of the Macpherson Inquiry Report into his death six years later. In 2010 the programme was launched nationally and is now available to schools across the country.

Developed in 2003, the standard is awarded to schools, early years centres and colleges which demonstrate knowledge, understanding and evidence of promoting inclusion and race equality to help transform education. Around 77 per cent of Leeds’ 263 schools have already achieved the award, with many more working towards it.

The programme provides a powerful framework and programme for schools to work in partnership to enrich and improve the learning experience of children, young people and adults.

Notes to editors:
The 45 schools and 6 Children’s Centres which received the Stephen Lawrence Education Standard are:

Level 1
Armley Moor Children's Centre; Castleton Children's Centre; Harehills Children's Centre; Meadowfield Children's Centre; Meanwood Children's Centre; Richmond Hill Children's Centre; Adel Primary School; Adel St John The Baptist Church of England Primary School; Alwoodley Primary School; Armley Primary School; Ashfield Primary School; Beeston Primary School; Boston Spa School; Calverley Parkside Primary School; Castleton Primary School; Christ Church Upper Armley Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School; Cookridge Primary School; Cross Flatts Park Primary School; Farnley Park Maths & Computing College; Hollybush Primary School; Horsforth Newlaithes Junior School; Lawns Park Primary School; Ninelands Primary School; Oakwood Primary School; Rothwell Victoria Junior School; Ryecroft Primary School; Seacroft Grange Primary School; St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School; St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Otley; St Margaret's Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School; St Mary's Church of England Controlled Primary School, Boston Spa; St Patrick's Catholic Primary School; Swarcliffe Primary School; Whingate Primary School;

Level 2
Five Lanes Primary School; Rothwell Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School; St Mary's Catholic Primary School, Horsforth; St Theresa's Catholic Primary School; Weetwood Primary School; Westgate Primary School; White Laith Primary School;

Level 3
Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School; Harehills Primary School; Ireland Wood Primary School; Moortown Primary School; Priesthorpe Sports Specialist College;
St Anthony's Catholic Primary School, Beeston; Stanningley Primary School;

Bronze Level (Level 3 revalidation)

East SILC John Jamieson School & Technology College; Hovingham Primary School School; St Bartholomew's CofE Voluntary Controlled Primary School;

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. All policies should be linked to an action plan.

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

Improving choice and quality of life for adults needing care

SkILs worker Mark pictured with David

A new service offered by Leeds City Council’s adult social care department is successfully delivering better choice and control over care for its customers, whilst also increasing their ability to live independently.

The Leeds Reablement Service has been taking shape over the past 12 months and is now fully operational. It has already served almost 500 customers by offering short, targeted programmes delivered by trained staff to people who are unable to take care of themselves at home following an illness or after a stay in hospital. Its aim is to provide short-term, intensive support tailored to helping people regain their ability, confidence and skills, giving them a much better chance of continuing to live independently in their own homes.

This service is all part of the transformation of adult social care services in the city, and a new approach to the way that home care services are provided. With ever-increasing demands on services for older people, this offers a sustainable, high quality frontline approach in response to an increasingly challenging financial situation. The benefits of reablement are well recognised nationally, and many other local authorities already offer this service.

In order to measure the success of the new service, the team has been monitoring the long term effects that it has had on their customers so far. These show very positive results, with 90% of customers continuing to live independently after six months, and 63% still living independently a year after completing their programmes.

Another positive benefit of the service is that it provides a better assessment of the hours of care required by customers. On average, the number of care hours reduces by 62% when customers have completed their programme. For example, by helping people after an illness or injury to improve their daily living skills, someone starting reablement needing nine hours of care a week, may only need three hours of care a week on completion of their programme. More importantly seventy percent of customers felt confident enough to be completely independent and not need any ongoing care package at the end of their reablement programme.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, executive board member with responsibility for adult health and social care said:
“Reablement is a really good example of a service that provides care for the most vulnerable people in our communities that is affordable, meets their needs and supports them to live their lives how they want to live them

“With the number of older people continuing to rise at a time of unprecedented cuts to local authority budgets, it simply isn’t possible to just carry on doing what we have always done. People’s expectations of how they will be cared for are also changing, and we want to work with people and support them to continue to live independently in their own homes for as long as they possibly can."

Sandie Keene, director of adult social services in Leeds said:
“The reablement service is part of the transformation work that we have been doing to make sure that we offer a more personalised service to customers, focusing primarily on prevention and early intervention.

“I’m delighted that we are already seeing that it is having a lasting and positive impact on the lives of our customers. Through the hard work of our care professionals, we are now able to offer far better choice and a much more effective service for the future.”

The Leeds Reablement Service consists of the following services:
Assistive technology services – providing equipment, alarms and adaptations to help people live more independently.

The community support service skills for independent living team (SKiLs) - supporting people to develop and practice personal, domestic and social skills in their homes, so that they gain in confidence and achieve as much independence as possible.

The outreach service - support for customers in community settings, giving them opportunities to meet other people in local venues such as cafes and community centres. This helps them to build friendships and maximise their independence.

Case study
David’s story: “Without the encouragement and support from the SkILs team I would have had to go into a home”!

David (79) came to live in England in 1961 from the Caribbean and now lives in Chapeltown. He has two sons and four daughters and before retiring used to work as a porter in Newton Green Hospital.

After an operation and a spell in hospital David was advised to have at least three months’ bed rest. He wasn’t mobile enough to be able to get in and out of bed, go to the toilet, or shower himself. Mark from the Skills for Independent Living (SkILs) team has been helping to care for David with a combination of physiotherapy at the hospital, equipment around the home, such as grab rails, perching stool, some personal care and ‘telecare’ – electronic equipment including medication prompts and smoke/gas detectors. This gives David and his family the reassurance he needs to live independently in his own home.

“David has done amazingly. In five weeks he has gone from two members of the SkILs team assisting four times a day, to two members assisting twice a day and then a phone call at tea time. David can now get himself into bed at night and needs less help and has become more mobile. It’s amazing what he has achieved in such a short time”, says Mark.

“Without the encouragement and support from Mark and the SkILs team I would have had to go into a home. I wouldn’t be able to do what I can do now. They are all good,” says David.

“Rails installed in the rooms have been a big help to get dad from room to room without falling and having the telecare alarm system has been a great help and stopped me worrying as much”, says daughter Trisha.

Additional info

Independent studies have found that reablement offers the following improved outcomes for customers:
• Significant short-term improvements in social care outcomes, for example getting outdoors, being able to transfer from the bed to the chair, and washing and bathing.
• Reduced dependency levels, particularly in activities such as getting outdoors and personal care.
• Significant improvement in perceived quality of life.
• Significant impact on health-related quality of life, particularly with regard to mobility, self-care, pain/discomfort and anxiety/depression.
• Significant short-term improvement in perceived health, with around a third of users reporting that their health had improved.

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