LLP Weekly briefing: May 6th 2021

WSA to Mental Health: Staff wellbeing survey

As part of our ongoing work on staff wellbeing, we would be grateful if as many colleagues could take a few moments to complete this short survey.

Liverpool Active Workplaces Programme have sent over some information. We know that physical activity helps your mental health, so why not get your staff involved?

Mental Health Awareness Week

Next week (10-16th May) is Mental Health Awareness week.   Kath Thomson explains how you can be involved with the help of pupils and some of the MYA staff team.

The theme is mental health and nature, and we are encouraging all schools to think about how staff and pupils can get some time during the week to enjoy being out in the fresh air. You could think about taking classes on a wellbeing walk, planning an extra PE session, or having an outdoor picnic lunch.

MYA have put together a sheet of resilience-based nature challenges for pupils to try at home with their families. Please tweet about what you are doing using #mygreenspaceformyheadspace & @livcamhs 

You can also download and use the resources from the schools’ pack below:

Mental Health Awareness Week Booklists

To help celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week (10-16 May 2021) we have put together suggestions of books that explore the relationship between nature and mental health or that encourage you to get out and explore nature. 

You can find a print version of this list here:

Staff Wellbeing Event

Finally, we will be running a staff wellbeing event on Wednesday 12th May (15:30-16:30) with guest speaker Carl Dutton who will be talking to us about the benefits of being outside for our mental health. 

You can book a place using the following link:

This term’s network meetings for the WSA are as follows:

Wednesday 16th June

WSA Primary South

Thursday 17th June

WSA Primary North

Thursday 17th June

WSA Primary Central

Tuesday 22nd June

WSA Network Secondary

LLP logo competition

Please find attached a briefing sheet for our logo competition which is open to pupils of any age in an LLP member school. Please share as widely as possible. This competition closes on the 12th May. Thanks to the pupils who have entered so far.

Liverpool Children’s Festival of Reading

We are looking at possibilities for running the Liverpool Children’s Festival of Reading again in the future. In order to help our planning, it would be great if school staff could complete our short questionnaire about what would be useful/appropriate going forwards: Please feel free to share this with your English leads/other colleagues.

Parental engagement workshops

Several colleagues have worked with Kerry Burns and the Itsyourlife programme to engage parents actively in their child’s learning. Attached are flyers for you to use in school.


Y6 Transition form for all pupils

A copy of it is here:

The deadline for completion is May 14th. Angel Solutions will collate the forms and issue to the secondary schools after the 14th May.

#LiverpoolWrites cultural programme

It’s Liverpool’s Year of Writing (#LYOW) and LLP has been working with LYOW and local organisation Writing on the Wall to design a programme of creative writing opportunities for young people. We are delighted to announce that we are commissioning seven cultural and creative freelancers and small organisations to support schools with this. They will produce education resources that will be freely available to any school.

Many are also offering online workshops and/or visits into school (from Monday 7th June until end of Summer Term). The criteria for a school to benefit from one of these free workshops is that you:

  • are located in areas of socio-economic disadvantage;
  • and/or include a high representation of children and young people from Black and ethnically diverse communities.

Please contact Alice Demba if you are interested in one of the offers below and you fit the criteria: Please note this is a limited offer on a first-come, first-served basis, according to the criteria, so we may not be able to fulfil your request.

Organisation Key stage/age Offer
Acorns to Oaks Early Years/KS1 A visit into school – intergenerational theatre, music, movement, puppetry and story-telling
AltruDrama KS2 The team will create a digital drama resource freely available to all schools
Author Jude Lennon KS2 Year 5/6 Jude will visit schools to run creative writing workshops using 3D story boxes
ReadNowWriteNow KS3 Charlie will run online creative writing workshops inspired by poetry, music, and visual art; and is open to a visit into school
Author Rob Keeley KS3 Rob will run online creative writing workshops on poetry, prose and drama
Art in Liverpool KS4 Patrick will run online creative writing workshops inspired by a virtual or ‘In Real Life’ visit to an art gallery – depending on school requirements
Writer Timothy Hemmings with Drama Therapist Lisa Chae KS5/post-16 Online creative writing resources leading to a visit into school if required; using puppetry and theatre