Children’s University partnership working in action

Senior Project Officers Katie Hamshaw and Helen Oades have been sharing their experience of working with South Yorkshire Futures to expand the Children’s University project across South Yorkshire. Katie and Helen told us:

“The South Yorkshire Futures programme has been pivotal in enabling us to realise our vision for having a Children’s University in every area of our region. The support we have received has enabled us to spend time building on our experience from managing Sheffield Children’s University, to engage stakeholders, develop partnerships and excite children, families and schools about the potential for bringing the brilliant, positive impacts of Children’s University to new areas. Through South Yorkshire Futures, we were able to secure funding from the Sheffield City Region and Elected Mayor, to continue our work beyond our pilot year.

Having worked in collaboration with colleagues in Rotherham, we have established a brand new CU centre there, and our work continues as we support the development of a further new CU centre in Barnsley as well as supporting the existing CU centres in Sheffield and Doncaster. We’re looking forward to developing some fantastic collaborative South Yorkshire Children’s University strategies and projects, and of course to continue celebrating the success of CU members across the region, like the very exciting graduation ceremony we held in Sheffield in November.”

Renowned child psychologist and psychotherapist delivers training at Sheffield Hallam University

Dr Margot Sunderland, renowned child psychologist and psychotherapist, visited Sheffield Hallam University to deliver a free one day training course on ‘Addressing the emotional needs of infants in early years settings.’

The training course provided an over-view of the long-term effects of adult- child interactions on the young child’s developing emotional brain with a particular focus on the pro- social brain systems, which can be strengthened by positive adult- child interaction in early years settings. Dr Sunderland also explored how relational play, addressing key attachment needs and sensitive mindful attunement have a significant beneficial effect on the developing brain.  Finally, Dr. Sunderland discussed the foundational genetically ingrained systems for attachment, social joy and passion for learning and what happens if infants are deprived of sufficient positive adult-child interactions and suffer traumatic experience.

Delegates fed back that the course had given them a more in-depth understanding of brain science and psychology as well as practical interventions and strategies to address the emotional needs of infants in early years settings.

The one day training course was jointly delivered by South Yorkshire Futures and Sheffield Institute of Education to further develop our ongoing work to become ACE and Trauma informed. Dr Sunderland is Co-Director of Trauma Informed Schools UK, an educational non-profit organisation whose vision is to “to provide appropriate training for schools, communities and organisations so that they become trauma informed and mentally healthy places for all.” Sheffield Hallam University now includes a compulsory module of TISUK training in every level and age phase of initial teacher education as well as regularly hosting a 10 day Diploma in Trauma and Mental Health informed schools and communities practitioner course, delivered by TISUK.

Second cohort of dates for our Primary Science CPD Programme announced

Due to popular demand we have launched a second cohort of dates for our new CPD opportunity delivered by Sheffield Institute of Education, part of Sheffield Hallam University in partnership with LUTSA.

The programme will enable science leaders to develop their leadership skills, keep up to date with evidence-based approaches to primary science and collaborate with other science leader colleagues. The programme, delivered over three face-to-face sessions, will provide support for primary science leaders to develop the curriculum, raise standards and lead colleagues to teach better science through reflection, action planning and sustained school-based activity.

The programme will be facilitated by Joelle Halliday and Louise Clements.

Joelle is a Senior Research Fellow within Sheffield Institute of Education and leads Primary Science CPD locally and nationally. Louise is a senior leader, science leader and SLE based at St Wilfrid’s RC Primary School Sheffield.

Dates for the sessions are; Thursday 16th January 2020, Thursday 13th February 2020 and Thursday 19th March 2020. Further details can be found on the flyer: Leading Change in Primary Science

For more information contact southyorkshirefutures@shu.ac.uk or book via Eventbrite.

Children’s University in South Yorkshire continues to grow

More than 45,000 children and young people from schools across Sheffield have participated in the Children’s University, a charity that works with schools to encourage participation in extra curricular activities and is supported by South Yorkshire Futures.

We’re delighted to see that, partly due to the success of the programme in Sheffield, schools across Rotherham have now signed up to participate. The children’s University annual report for 2018/19 demonstrates a link between participation in the programme and improved numeracy and literacy success rates, the full report can be read here:

Sheffield CU – How does it make a difference 2018

This month young people from across the city who take part in Sheffield Children’s University (CU) attended a special graduation event at Sheffield City Hall to celebrate completing 1,000 hours of extra-curricular learning activities.

Fifteen Sheffield CU pupils, who have all received the Gold Fellowship for 1000 hours of participation, were presented with a special certificate in front of family and friends in a university-style graduation ceremony.

Following the awards ceremony, pupils went backstage for a tour of the gowning and photography area, led by Ede & Ravenscroft – one of the oldest tailoring firms in the world. They then had some official photographs taken, wearing graduation caps and gowns.

Sheffield Hallam becomes the first University in the UK to sign the School Governor Champion charter

Sheffield Hallam has become the first University in the UK to sign the School Governor Champion charter, pledging to encourage and support staff to be governors in local schools. This 5-step charter has been developed by Inspiring Governance, a national school governor recruitment service, as a call to action for employers across the country to sign and act as an advocate for school governance opportunities. The Inspiring Governance service is based around an online platform connecting volunteers, especially those with business-related skill, from a range of diverse backgrounds, to schools and colleges seeking to fill governor and trustee vacancies.

As a University and a key employer in the region, Sheffield Hallam has been working with the service for almost two years, encouraging staff to participate. As well as implementing a governor’s network to bring together staff across the university who volunteer as governors and allowing staff flexible time away from work to undertake volunteering opportunities.

Taking the role one step further, South Yorkshire Futures, the University’s social mobility partnership, is championing school governor opportunities to employers in the region as part of its Talent Bank project. The South Yorkshire Talent Bank offers a range of opportunities for businesses and employees to volunteer their time, skills and experience to inform, support and inspire young people from across the region.

Sally Jackson, Chief People Officer at Sheffield Hallam University said: “I am delighted to have signed the School Governor Champion charter on behalf of Sheffield Hallam, pledging our allegiance and support to a fantastic initiative that will benefit young people, employers and volunteers.
“As a University, we have a civic responsibility to recognise the benefits of volunteering, in both a professional and a personal sense, and promote these opportunities as widely as we can – internally, but across the region as well.”

Richard Ellam, regional manager for Inspiring Governance, said: “Our aim is to encourage as many employers as possible to become School Governor Champions, because we see employers supporting their staff to become school governors as a win-win situation.
We hope that Sheffield Hallam University signing this charter will encourage others across South Yorkshire and the higher education sector, to do the same.”

South Yorkshire Futures Coaching in Schools Project

We are now recruiting for our second cohort of coaches to support our coaching in schools project. The project involves volunteer coaches receiving professional training in order to support young people in Barnsley who would benefit from working on areas of personal effectiveness.

The project provides a structured, confidential space in which pupils can explore what might be holding them back and develop an action plan to help them progress. For full information please see the attached documents and / or if you’ve got any questions please contact southyorkshirefutures@shu.ac.uk

Coaching Project FAQ’s

Coaching Project advert

Coaching Project application form

Sheffield Children’s University 2018/19 report

We’re pleased and proud to share the 2018/19 ‘Sheffield Children’s University – How does it make a difference?’ report which provides detailed evidence of the impact of Children’s University (CU) in Sheffield. The report provides evidence of the real difference being part of Sheffield CU makes and includes in-depth analysis of the impact of participation in CU activities on attainment and attendance, and progress measures, as well as anecdotal evidence of impact through a number of case studies.

“I remember coming to the ceremonies with all my friends. It was like a huge gathering for all of us, to get dressed up and feel special which was great. I took my Mum to the ceremonies with me. When she realised all of the amazing things I had been doing through this programme, she was really proud of me and it brought us closer together. My CU experience has definitely aided in my success in gaining a place at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts because without it, I wouldn’t have been so interested at a younger age and I wouldn’t have been so proud of myself, to then push myself to go further with it.”

Stephen, Sheffield CU Alumni

The full report can be viewed online by following this link: https://tinyurl.com/SheffieldCUImpactReport2019

Find out more about Sheffield Children’s University on their website: www.childrensuniversity.co.uk or on Twitter by following @SheffieldCU

 

 

 

 

 

South Yorkshire Talent Bank website launch

Sheffield City Region and South Yorkshire Futures have officially launched the South Yorkshire “Talent Bank,” encouraging businesses and employees to volunteer their time, skills and experience to inform, support and inspire young people from across our region’s diverse communities.

The Talent Bank provides a range of high-quality engagement opportunities which volunteers can sign up to deliver in schools, colleges and training providers across South Yorkshire. To find out more, explore the Talent Bank website: sytalentbank.co.uk

“I believe that it’s not just the responsibility of schools, colleges and universities to educate and inspire our young people, but it’s also the role of all of us in society – and that includes our businesses. Where you grow up shouldn’t determine where you end up. By connecting schools and colleges with appropriate volunteers and business leaders, we can create new opportunities, broaden horizons, and plant the seeds of ambition from which we can grow the workforce of the future.”
Dan Jarvis MBE MP
Mayor of the Sheffield City Region

South Yorkshire Futures shortlisted for two national awards

 

 

 

 

The Early Outcomes project which sees South Yorkshire Futures partnering with the four South Yorkshire Local Authorities (Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield) has been shortlisted for the UK Social Mobility Awards 2019 in the category of ‘Leadership of the Year’. You can find out more about the UK SOMO Awards on the website: uksomo.com  or on Twitter: @UKSMAwards

In addition, the South Yorkshire Futures programme has been shortlisted for a Times Higher Education Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community’. More information about the Times Higher Education Awards and details of all the finalists can be found on the website: www.the-awards.co.uk or on Twitter @timeshighered

Mayor Dan Jarvis launches new Talent Bank for the Sheffield City Region

More than 100 senior business leaders from across our region joined Mayor Dan Jarvis for the launch of a new project that aims to support young people into the world of work.

Sheffield City Region and South Yorkshire Futures have teamed up with Inspiring the Future to launch the “Talent Bank” programme, which will encourage businesses and employees across the region to volunteer their time and inspire young people from all our region’s diverse communities.

Dan Jarvis, Mayor of the Sheffield City Region, said: “I believe that it’s not just the responsibility of schools, colleges and universities to educate and inspire our young people, but it’s also the role of all of us in society – and that includes our businesses. Where you grow up shouldn’t determine where you end up. “By connecting schools and colleges with appropriate volunteers and business leaders, we can create new opportunities, broaden horizons, and plant the seeds of ambition from which we can grow the workforce of the future.”

Talent Bank will offer businesses a range of options in which they can contribute in supporting young people. These will include offering careers advice, becoming a school governor and going into schools to speak about careers opportunities.
Organisations or individual employees can register online and provide details about their skills and work history. They can then search the online database and match their skills with volunteer opportunities within their local schools, colleges or respond to school invitations. This means that the business or individual is in control of how many volunteer hours they give.

Research conducted by the Education and Employers charity shows that participation in careers talks with volunteers from businesses can change the attitudes of 14 to 16-year-old students to their education. This can influence their future plans and their subject choices, motivate them to work harder and improve their academic achievement.

Greg Burke, Director of South Yorkshire Futures, said: “Sheffield Hallam University is committed to driving successful partnerships between education and employers. That is why we’re delighted to be launching the Talent Bank as part of the South Yorkshire Futures programme. The Talent Bank is a positive way to demonstrate that we are greater than the sum of our parts. There are some fantastic examples of effective employer engagement already going on in South Yorkshire and this is an opportunity to bring them together as a suite of offers for businesses to engage in, in the right way for them.”