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LLP Weekly briefing: September 2nd 2021

Welcome back!

The team here at LLP hopes you have had a good break and some rest over the summer. At the start of the new term, we wanted to share our new logo with you. It was the winning design by Farida from Belvedere and will feature on all of our online and printed materials. We think it looks great: thanks Farida.


Liverpool Maths Party

On 24th September 2021 Liverpool Learning Partnership are inviting their member settings to take part in the 6th annual Liverpool Maths Party. The Maths Party is designed to help schools encourage positive messaging around maths and to celebrate the importance that this subject plays in people’s careers and everyday lives. We have put together resource collections to support teachers in planning for the party as well as virtual resources for pupils to use at home.

Maths Story Sack- EYFS

Liverpool Learning Partnership is launching a free EYFS story sack for LLP member schools based on the counting book One Fox by Kate Read. There are 50 sacks available on a first come first served basis and only one sack will be allocated per school.  These sacks will be distributed to schools ahead of the Maths Party Day on 24th September. The sack contains a copy of One Fox as well as items to support counting and to be used for small world play. The sack comes with a pack of planning as well as an online resource pack and letter to send home with activity ideas for parents/carers. You can sign up for the sacks at https://forms.gle/ybQy1ZwZnrMi9MPL8

In partnership with the Virtual School, we will also be sending a version of these sacks to every Reception-aged looked after pupil in Liverpool to use at home. This sack will contain additional items such as paint, playdough, paper and ideas for carers on how to use the sacks at home.

Climate Champions

Liverpool Libraries are working with Read Now Write Now to offer a 4 week writing course for pupils aged 7-11 based on climate change. See the attached leaflet for more details.

Black Lives Matter Dropbox

The contents of this dropbox folder have been collated by Liverpool Learning Partnership, working with colleagues from all phases of education in Liverpool. We have had good representation from arts and cultural organisations, the universities and School Improvement Liverpool. We are grateful for all the input and support from all these colleagues who have worked tirelessly over the past year. This is a work in progress and will be added to over time.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/5cbem2salr1tcjy/AADMgE-q6z4ztcFh3aNtf4QOa?dl=0

In using this dropbox, please note that some contributions are schools’ own presentations and whilst the schools are happy to share the resources, credit should be given to those schools when utilising their resources in your own context. 

Art and culture

On behalf of the Liverpool Cultural Education Partnership, we’ve recently published some fantastic opportunities for young people on www.culturepool.org including:

This Poem is About Me – poetry workshops with Amina Atiq – FREE: EY-KS2

From Monday, 27th September 2021 – Friday, 17th December 2021 Liverpool Arab Arts Festival is offering a day of FREE poetry workshops to primary schools (EY-KS2) with award winning Scouse-Yemeni poet Amina Atiq. Amina will introduce children to Arab culture through poetry and invite them into her world through a fun & creative exploration of how our culture shapes our identity.

Sketch the Spine – FREE: KS 1-2

Have you seen The Royal College of Physicians’ new building, The Spine? To help celebrate the opening, children aged 4-12 can enter a competition to sketch the building. They can use pens, pencils, paints or anything they like to make their sketch! The deadline to enter is Monday 20 September.

Ready, steady, cook: stories and recipes – FREE: KS2-3

Something to signpost carers and families to: on Saturday, 18th September 2021, The Reader organisation in Calderstones Park is running sessions for young people in key stages 2 and 3 to learn about what used to grow in the gardens of Calderstones Park in the 19th Century. They can watch their ‘Storyhunter’ go back in time to find our great, great, great, great-grandparents’ favourite recipes.

Liverpool Philharmonic Schools’ Concerts – £4.50 per student: KS 1-3

Give your students the chance to experience Liverpool’s world-class symphony orchestra live in the amazing concerts for students at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. This includes Musical Tracks, in partnership with National Museums Liverpool focusing on Migration – exploring themes and content including Britain’s transatlantic slave trade, the migration of early humans, and the discovery of the New World.

The Liver Bird Safari – £10 per student: EY-KS5

A lively, fun 2-hour WALKING TOUR safari around the City Centre, starting at The Bluecoat, going Liver Bird-spotting and learning about the history of Liverpool along the way. Tour finishes near the Waterfront.

#LiverpoolWrites  – FREE online creative writing resources for all ages

Please also take a look at the online creative writing resources produced by a range of authors, cultural organisations and artists as part of the #LiverpoolWrites schools programme:

AltruDrama creative writing workshop – EY-KS5

AltruDrama has produced this film as a creative writing resource for teachers and their pupils aged 7-11, under the theme ‘Every idea is a good idea’.

This resource is an interactive film to support your class take part in a virtual session led by Barry and Kate from AltruDrama. The aim of the session is to get young people excited about writing and not to be daunted by a blank piece of paper.

So you can’t spell? So what. – EY-KS5

Printable doodle pad, to be adapted by teachers or in conversation with Art in Liverpool C.I.C. to help identify and support students with reading difficulties, particularly as a result of Dyslexia, ADD, ADHD or Autism.

Lockdown Life creative writing workshops – KS3

Created by author Charlie Lea from Read Now Write Now, and tried and tested in a local secondary school. The aims are to inspire children and young people to express their own voice and articulate their thoughts, interests, and feelings, particularly over lockdown, to themselves and others.

Jude Lennon creative writing resources – KS2

Author Jude Lennon has designed this YouTube video to inspire pupils to find the joy in writing. The emphasis is on creativity, imagination, expression and writing for pleasure. Pupils will be freed from the constraints of SPAG and encouraged to find their voice and write freely.

Where Were We? Where Do We Go From Here? – KS2-3

Author Rob Keeley has designed two linked half-day school workshops designed to look at the world we live in at this moment in time, and to allow young people to express themselves creatively around contemporary themes.  The first workshop focuses on the past and present, and the second on the future.

The worksheets for the two workshops are free to download

LIVERPOOL A TO Z TEAM STEP CHALLENGE

Join in and Feel Good – complete a virtual A to Z tour of Liverpool with your colleagues by adding up your total steps over 21 days.

Work together with a team of up to 10 colleagues and support each other to complete our virtual 202 mile tour of the Liverpool.  You’ll start at Aintree Racecourse and go through some of the city’s beautiful green spaces such as Croxteth Hall Park, Stanley Park, Sefton Park and the Mystery. 

Every single step that you do inside and outside of work counts towards your team’s total, and there are some great prizes to be won too!

By taking part you can:

 – increase your energy

– boost your confidence

– feel less stressed

The Step Challenge starts on Monday 13th September.  Find out more and register your team today at www.merseysidesport.com/lpoolstep

Whole School Approach to Mental Health

All Schools 

A list of key event dates for mental health leads and senior mental health leads has been compiled. This is a live document and will be added to and updated throughout the year. Please encourage your leads to get these dates in their diaries. 

The list can be viewed and downloaded using the following link: 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1qCls_I1wlpj6jusrb1YO8ULGZmqZOJRrtcsbny7ky8o/edit?usp=sharing

Funding is being offered to schools to train senior mental health leads around the Whole School Approach to mental health and wellbeing. The Liverpool WSA partnership have developed a new training programme to support this, and further information will be shared in the next week.  

We would encourage all schools to apply for the training grant which can then be used to send a member of SLT onto this training. Information on how to apply for this grant will be sent out to you once it is available. 

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: 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/secondary-school-education-mental-health-team-information-session-tickets-161751594373

Primary Schools 

The Education Mental Health Teams (consisting of MHST’s and Seedlings) will be contacting you regarding referrals and work into your schools over the coming term. Where possible we have suggested that a joint meeting with your Seedlings practitioner and Education Mental Health Practitioner could be useful to avoid duplication and make the best use of the services being offered. Practitioners will be in communication with mental health leads in schools to discuss this.