LLP Weekly briefing: July 1st 2021

Reading for Pleasure Resources for Pupils moving to Secondary School

As part of the Transition Summer School programme, LLP has put together transition book boxes which have now been delivered to the schools who signed up for them. Schools can also access a bank of support items including reading lists, a virtual library (in online and pdf format) and activity resources.

Lit in Colour

Penguin Books UK and Runnymede Trust have released their report into diversity in literature taught in English schools. It includes useful recommendations for schools trying to ensure that they have a more diverse range of texts. The Lit in Colour report is available from Penguin’s website alongside audit resources and booklists. Secondary schools can also apply to be part of the Lit in Colour giveaway and receive a bundle of 100 books.

Summer Reading Challenge and Teachers’ Reading Challenge

The Summer Reading Challenge encourages children aged 4 to 11 to enjoy the benefits of reading for pleasure over the summer holidays, providing lots of fun as well as helping to prevent the summer reading ‘dip’. To find out more about running Summer Reading Challenge with your pupils please see the Summer Reading Challenge website or contact Irene Mandelkow at Liverpool Libraries: Irene.Mandelkow@liverpool.gov.uk

The Teachers’ Reading Challenge is modelled on the above scheme and invites school staff to read and comment on six or more children’s books. The challenge launches on 10th July but you can sign up ahead of time.

Inclusion Labs

Inclusion Labs are inviting schools and organisations to sign up to their Decade of Diversity initiative which focuses on inclusive children’s lit in schools and inclusive governing bodies. Find out more about how you could get involved at https://inclusionlabs.co.uk/decade-of-diversity/

Summer Schools

I am informed by some secondary colleagues that there are still places in many summer schools. Please could primary colleagues complete the form for the respective secondary schools asap? Form and contact details available from the transition dropbox.

New Project with Virtual School, Liverpool

LLP has teamed up with the Virtual School Liverpool in an exciting reading project for children who are looked after. Starting with Y6 pupils, each LAC child will be provided with a pack of activities and a suitable reading book to support their move to secondary school. Watch this space for delivery details in the near future.

Whole School Approach to Mental Health.

This year’s virtual Now Festival is taking place on the 7th & 8th of July. Pre-recorded performances will be streamed throughout the evenings. Tickets are free and can be ordered using the following links:

NOW FESTIVAL 2021 – Wednesday 7th July Evening – Liverpool CAMHS NOW FESTIVAL 2021 – Wednesday 7th July Evening Date/Time. 07/07/2021 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm www.liverpoolcamhs.com

Primary schools

We would like primary schools to complete the following brief survey to let us know how they have used the transition resources in their schools. This will not only give valuable feedback to the transition team but will also allow us to inform the secondary schools of what information their new year 7’s have received from their feeder schools.


North Hub Schools parent/carer virtual coffee morning.

Your Education Mental Health Team are going to trial a virtual coffee morning for parents/carers within your area. The session will be held on zoom and will offer an introduction to Education Mental Health Teams, the city-wide Whole School Approach and give a brief introduction to children’s mental health in an accessible way. Parents/carers can ask any questions they may have around their child’s wellbeing. 

We are running one coffee event for each hub.   The North coffee morning will be held on Thursday 8th July, from 10:00-11:30. Parents/carers can book on using the following link:    https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/156660587033   

The Central and South coffee mornings have already taken place. 

The Transition MHST have recorded a 25-minute session for parents/carers around support their child’s mental health as they transition from primary school to secondary school. Parents can view this session using the following link: 

Secondary Schools

We are aware that several different staff in each secondary school have responsibility around mental health in schools. This could include SENCo’s, MH Lead, WSA strategic MH lead, Pastoral staff, and others. MH services are often working with different members of staff in schools who may not be aware of what each other are doing.

On Thursday 16th September  (16:00-17:00) we are running a virtual information session for these staff. This session will give these staff a clear understanding of the Liverpool CAMHS pathway to support for schools and an overview of the city-wide WSA. This will include what support is available, how to access it and who to contact.

Please ask you staff to book using the following link:


  Secondary School Education Mental Health Team information session This is an information session for secondary school staff supporting mental health in schools. www.eventbrite.co.uk