Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Yorkshire education leaders join forces to improve standards

Education leaders from around Yorkshire and the Humber have gathered in Leeds today to set the foundations to improve attainment levels across the region.

The summit which was organised by Leeds City Council’s education leaders and held at Leeds Town Hall, brought together elected members, business leaders, school, university and college leaders, and local authority officers from Yorkshire, the Humber and Lincolnshire to share learning and build on existing successes to improve educational achievement and performance outcomes for children and young people in the area.

Over 270 Delegates heard how the region’s 15 local authorities are working with Ofsted, a group of pathfinder schools and a group of independent advisers to identify ways to tackle some of the causes of under achievement in the region, and to provide specific actions.

The central theme of the conference was a debate around ‘What is education for?’ and how it needs to look in order to meet the needs of young people, the communities that they live in, and the employment needs of local businesses given the regeneration that is predicted for the region.

The views of inspirational young people, business leaders and education professionals were heard throughout the day.

Councillor Judith Blake, deputy leader of Leeds City Council and executive member responsible for children’s services said:
“Yorkshire has a wealth of resources and successes across business, sport, the arts and learning, so it only makes sense to join forces to tackle issues of under achievement which some parts of the region face.

“There is a genuine commitment across the region to address the needs of our children and young people and to meet the needs of employers, higher and further education, and our rich and vibrant communities. Which is why we have organised this very successful summit to propose a regional collaboration for improving the life chances of our young people, making the region more prosperous and a great place to live, work and learn.”

Speakers at today’s conference were:
Professor Mel Ainscow CBE, Professor of Education and Co-director of the Centre for Equity in Education at the University of Manchester

Phil Ball, Managing Director of Kodak UK Lord Baker of Dorking

Lord Baker, Former Education Secretary, Chairman of Edge Foundation and Chairman of Baker Dearing Educational Trust

Councillor Judith Blake, Leeds City Council, deputy leader and executive member for children’s services.

Paul Brennan, deputy director of children’s services for Leeds City Council

Baroness Sue Campbell of Loughborough CBE

Rosemary Campbell - Stephens, freelance consultant specialising in leadership development

Kevin Courtney, Deputy General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers

Russell Hobby, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers

Andrew Hodkinson, principal of West Oaks Special School, Leeds

Professor Margaret House, Vice Chancellor at Leeds Trinity University

Stephan Jungnitz, ASCL specialist in college and post-16 matters

Phil Lawson, assistant executive director at Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council.

Professor Steve Peters, consultant psychiatrist working in business, education, health and elite and Olympic sport.

Andrea Richardson, head of early help services in Leeds City Council

Peter Roberts, principal and chief executive of Leeds City College

Caroline Rowley, Regional Director for the Association of Colleges

Sile Sibanda, year 11 pupil at Rawmarsh Community School, Rotherham

For media enquiries, please contact:
Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 2474713
Email: emma.whittell@leeds.gov.uk

Local bands get ready to battle at South Leeds Youth Hub

Six local bands are getting ready to battle it out this Saturday at the South Leeds Youth Hub in Middleton. The bands are called Empire Down, Jabbawoki, Sintopia, Untamed, The Stray and The Keating’s.

The hub has organised a ‘Battle of the Bands’ competition on Saturday 15 February, 2-6pm for young people aged 12 to 19 years old – members of the media are welcome to attend.

The winners will receive free studio time with technical support to record their first professional demo in the youth hub’s state of the art music studio. The battle will be judged by local musicians Guy Thomas from Wakefield band, Thomas Wilby Gang, Shane Joy from Ryder and David Pearsall from Barnsley Live Music Festival

The winners are also being given the opportunity to perform at Barnsley Live Music Festival this summer.

The show will be headlined by local band ‘The World keeps’ and feature a non-alcoholic bar, health information and freebies.

Councillor Judith Blake, executive member responsible for children’s services said:
“This is a great opportunity for some up a coming young talent to perform in front of a live audience and get the chance to use the fantastic music studio at the youth hub.

“The hub is a fantastic facility for young people across all of south Leeds so if you’ve not been there, come along to see the show and find out what you’re missing!”

Tickets are available for just £1. To book tickets, people can email southleedshub@leeds.gov.uk, ring (0113) 336 7773 or text 07891 274522, or pop in to the hub on Middleton Road, LS10 3JA.

For media enquiries, please contact:
Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 2474713
Email: emma.whittell@leeds.gov.uk