Headteacher blog 18th November 2016
I represent headteachers on the Leeds Safeguarding Children Board. This is very important work and each meeting can be inspiring one moment and upsetting the next. At yesterday’s meeting, I was given a white ribbon to wear as part of the campaign against domestic violence. This is crucial work; so many children are emotionally and physically harmed as a result of domestic violence, as well as the obvious harm to the adults involved. In a high proportion of the safeguarding work that we do, DV is a significant factor. Help is available: http://www.leeds.gov.uk/c/Pages/domesticviolence/default.aspx
This week we have had lots of children in Years 3 and 6 visiting places of worship. Year 6 visited a Sikh gurdwara whilst Y3 visited a Jewish synagogue. Other year groups are visiting a church and a mosque later in the year. I am delighted that we have managed to firmly establish this programme of visits to such a range of places of worship; I didn’t have this as a child and I think it is important for our new generation to have a really broad and balanced RE curriculum and range of experiences.
Finally, I had the pleasure of flicking through some art sketchbooks in KS2 this week as I was briefly covering an absent colleague. These books span more than one year of lessons and they are developing into impressive records of achievement and progress. It’s a shame that we didn’t share them at parents’ evening as I am sure that you would enjoy them too. Well done to Mrs Wylie and Mrs Elam who deliver most of the KS2 art curriculum and to Mrs James who has coordinated and planned it. Great work!