Over to Youth – 8-13 February. Summit to talk about!

The Oldham Youth Voice Family are hosting a series of summit events to address their priority issues and to create a week of youth voice action.

They want to bring more young people together with decision makers to make a positive difference on:

  • Protecting the environment
  • Putting an end to knife crime
  • Tackling mental health

Date: Saturday 8 February, 11am-1pm

Location: Parliament Square, Oldham town centre

An event for young people and adults.  They will come together along with special guests to understand how they can contribute to saving the planet. There will be banner making, speeches and stalls topped off with a parade through Oldham town centre.

Email overtoyouth@oldham.gov.uk to register interest in attending or to ask questions. Attendees are welcome to turn up at the event on the day.


Date: Tuesday 11 February (morning – primary schools, afternoon – secondary schools)

Location: Queen Elizabeth Hall, Oldham

An event for young people and supporting adults in schools with lots of fun, insightful and engaging activities. Pupils and teachers will work together on what’s working in our schools and colleges around mental health and what the gaps are.

Email overtoyouth@oldham.gov.uk to register interest in attending or to ask questions.

This event is Oldham Opportunity Area funded and Oldham Council supported.


Date: Thursday 13 February, 5-6pm

Location: Council Chamber, Oldham Civic Centre

An event for young people of Oldham to have meaningful dialogue with decision makers about making change in their communities and preventing the possession and use of knives. We’re still sorting out a few logistics for this event but keep your eyes peeled for further information.


The Oldham Youth Voice Family is made up of Oldham Youth Council, Children in Care Council and Barrier Breakers.

Free training for Oldham schools: Literacy as a curriculum driver

The Oldham Opportunity Area has funded 50 places for staff from Oldham schools to attend an exciting conference on Friday 29 November. The conference is jointly hosted by the EEF’s Oldham Research School and Teamworks English Hub.

The event is for both secondary and primary school colleagues and combines inspirational key note speakers and workshops. The aim is to provide a day that blends current research on Literacy and Language development, alongside practical ways to improve outcomes in your school.

Key note speakers are:

  • Dr Jessie Ricketts – An expert in the development of language and reading from Royal Holloway University whose work includes research into the Language and Reading Acquisition, especially reading and oral language development in childhood and adolescence.
  • Megan Dixon From the Educational Endowment Foundation, is a specialist Literacy teacher and trainer, with considerable expertise in teaching children who find it hardest to learn. She will support delegates to bridge the gap between high quality research and classroom practice.
  • Ros Wilson – Ros has a wide range of experience in education, including: Working with pupils with SEND; Working with pupils with EAL; Senior Leadership; Head of large primary department overseas; Local Authority Adviser; Primary Strategy Manager; Independent Consultant; Advanced Skills Teacher Assessor; Ofsted Inspector; Curriculum Designer and author of ‘The Creative Curriculum’; Creator and Published Author of Big Writing and associated texts (Oxford University Press).

Delegates will also have the opportunity to select from a range of workshops, including:

  • Getting it Right from the beginning; Phonics in Reception and KS1 – Hosted by Adam Harris, Teamworks English Hub
  • Using the EEF guidance reports to develop whole school Literacy – Hosted by Jo Pearson, Oldham Research School
  • Making Learning Stick – Hosted by Jessica Miller, Teamworks Teaching School Alliance.

Go to Eventbrite for more information and to register your place.

Skills for Life Programme – Zippy Apple and Passport – 27th January

Zippy’s Friends, Apple’s Friends and Passport are mental health promotion programmes for years 1 or 2 (Zippy) years 3 or 4 (Apple) years 5 or 6 (Passport). They have been proven to develop children’s social and emotional skills, improve the class climate

Provider:
Partnership for Children & Mental Welbeing Team

Audience:
Class Teacher is compulsory and one TA

Date:
27th January 2020

Location:
St Matthew’s CofE Primary School, Chadderton Hall Road, Chadderton, OL9 0BN

Time:
09.30-16.00

Graduated Response to Behaviour – 12 December

This is not the SEN Graduated Response but is a specific branch of this looking specifically at pupils who struggle with their behaviour and helping schools to understand when behaviour is or is not a SEN. See Eventbrite for more details

Provider:
SEMHS Team (In collaboration with Mental Wellbeing Team and Early Help)

Audience:
Primary – Head/Mental Wellbeing Lead/ SENCO

Date:
12th December 2019

Location:
Lyndhurst Primary School
Heron St, Oldham OL8 4JD

Time:
13.30 – 15.30

Curriculum Mapping for Emotional Health and Mental Wellbeing – 5th December

This will be an interactive session where we will explore what schools are currently doing and giving you some ideas on how to take this forward in your setting.See Eventbrite for more details

Provider:
Mental Wellbeing Team (In collaboration with SEMHS Team and Early Help)

Audience:
Primary – Head/Mental Wellbeing Lead/ SENCO

Date:
5th December 2019

Location:
Lyndhurst Primary School
Heron St, Oldham OL8 4JD

Time:
13.30 – 15.30