Thursday, 22 May 2008

This is my 1000th Post!

I am sitting at the Cedar Court Hotel near Wakefield...

My colleague Hannah Lamplugh, Investors in Pupils Coordinator, invited me to the 2008 Annual Investors in Pupils Conference. It is an amazing initiative with around 36% of the schools across West Yorkshire currently engaged with Investors in Pupils and 188 schools in Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield have achieved Investors in Pupils status. I know the powerful impact the scheme is having in schools across Leeds and during the morning I've learned from schools using it about it's impact on improving attendance and behaviour, developing a stronger team ethos within schools, the Every Child Matters agenda, personalisation, Healthy Schools and the voice of young people.

Two of our schools delivered wonderful sessions describing how Investors in Pupils had impacted in their schools. Mrs Jones, Assistant Headteacher at Blackgates Primary School, along with Megan and Nelson from Year 6 and Mrs Craig and Mrs Blackley from Boston Spa School, along with Jordan, Beth and Hannah from Year 9 were all fantastic advocates for the initiative and did Leeds proud.

If you want to find out more about Investors in Pupils you can visit the website at www,

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