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Leeds Curriculum: story gathering workshop

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Building the Leeds Curriculum – a place based primary curriculum for Leeds

We are building a place based curriculum for Leeds. A place based (or area curriculum) is about a place, for a place and by a place. It is designed to enhance the learning experiences of our children.

In essence, we are trying to find:

What 50 Leeds stories (or experiences) do we want our children to know when they leave primary school?

In this story gathering session, we are looking to gather some of those amazing 50 stories that will inspire and intrigue. Did you know there was a bread arch in Leeds? What about our connection to lighthouses?



Leeds Curriculum: Why now?

A number of city wide, national, global and social factors make now the right time to develop a Leeds Curriculum:

  • Attainment: We know (and can prove) that learning through arts and culture raises attainment across the curriculum. It gives children deeper learning experiences. It’s not an added extra; it’s a fundamental way of delivering curriculum goals.

  • Health and wellbeing: As a society, we are more worried about our children’s mental health than we have ever been before. We know engagement in arts and cultural activities increases a child’s opportunity to play, share and be inspired by life, all of which help with their wellbeing.

  • Citizenship and civic pride: Now more than ever before we need to celebrate our rich heritage and evoke a deep sense of pride, appreciation and belonging in the place that we live, work and play.

  • Art for art’s sake: What would life be like without the arts? Would it be a vibrant, colourful patchwork of creativity? Life is a little more beautiful with arts and culture in the world.

  • Time and capacity: There’s a lot going on at the moment in both formal education and the cultural sector. Let’s work together to make life easier for everyone. Let’s investigate co-delivery and co-creation in and out of schools.

  • In Leeds, right now: We are bidding for Capital of Culture 2023, we are writing a Cultural Strategy, setting up a Cultural Education Partnership (CEP) and building on conversations we started through Breeze, Find Your Talent and Restorative Practice.

What will it look like?

The Leeds Curriculum will be an online resource for teachers delivered through mylearning.org. It needs to be accessible and flexible, to allow teachers to draw on it and use it in the best way for their pupils. At a basic level, each of the stories would contain the local story, images, films, suggested cross-curricular activities and links to all the organisations who host related information, workshops and resources.

MyLearning.org is well used national website (over 1 million unique hits per year), managed by Leeds Museums and Galleries through Arts Council England funding.

We will start with 50 Leeds stories, experiences, or significant historical events, but anticipate this will grow over time and include all arts experiences, and more local stories of different areas of the city, and secondary resources.


We would really love to have your inout to make this the best resource we can for the young people of Leeds.

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