The Archbishop of York Youth Trust today hosted this term’s conference day for Head teachers at Bishopthorpe Palace with over 60 Church School Leaders finding out more about the Archbishop’s Young Leaders Award.
The packed conference included workshops presented by Key Stage 2 learners from St Barnabas’ Church of England Primary school, York. Attendees also heard from Chris Bland, Young Leaders Award Manager at Joseph Swan School who have pioneered a partnership programme with its feeder Primary Schools to provide the Young Leaders Awards to these schools for free.
Julia Robertson, Young Leaders Award Manager said:
“The Awards are an amazing force for good in schools and communities, and the stories of young people being the change they want to see have been overwhelmingly positive. St Barnabas Learners gave an amazing presentation today and it was fantastic to hear how they got on in completing the Awards. Our conferences are always very well-attended but this term has been the most popular so far and we reached maximum capacity very quickly”.
In response to demand, the Youth Trust is now running School Leader conferences each term, raising awareness of the Young Leaders Awards and encouraging Head teachers to get their schools involved.
The Young Leaders Awards, at Key Stages 2, 3 and 4, are an active citizenship resource for schools and there are over 20,000 young people now signed up across the north of England. The aim of the Awards is to encourage leadership in young people which will continue throughout their adult life.
The Archbishop said
“The Young Leaders Award is such an exciting way of strengthening a school’s cohesion with their local communities. It’s fantastic that over 190 schools have signed up. I have been amazed by the tens of thousands of Young Leaders across the North of England who are making positive changes to where they live and making a difference.”