Two New Primary Opportunities Available

Published: 13 July 2017
Two new opportunities have been added to the Learn Sheffield website. The Growing Mindful Pilot commission and the expression of interest form for an arts activity from Cohesion Sheffield may be of interest to primary schools.

The new commissions are now available on the Current Commissions page.


The Growing Mindful Pilot has a deadline of 22nd September


Learn Sheffield have secured funding for a primary school pilot called ‘Growing Mindful’, which will trial two approaches to developing mindfulness in school with children across the primary age range.  The two approaches are summarised below.

Model A

  • Teachers receive two full days of training with ways to bring activities including some mindful practices into the classroom to help manage stress and improve self-regulation.  The provisional training dates are 8th November and 21st November 2017.

Model B

  • Pupils receive a weekly mindfulness session, which is jointly led by their teacher and the trainer.  The sessions will take place in class and be appropriate to the age of the pupils (30 minutes for Y5 & Y6 pupils or 15 minutes for KS1 pupils).

The project is seeking:

6 schools to participate in model A

6 schools to participate in model B with KS1 classes

6 schools to participate in model B with Y5/Y6 classes


Successful schools will be able to determine whether they would like one, two or three classes participating in the pilot.  Pilot schools will also receive a small amount of resources which they can continue to uses once the pilot has finished.

Learn Sheffield will be evaluating the impact of this work and successful schools will therefore need to facilitate interviews with teachers and children who have been involved.


'I'm a Sheffielder because...' Competition


The Cohesion, Migration, and Integration Strategic Group contains representatives from Sheffield City Council, third sector, South Yorkshire Police, university and faiths groups. They have developed the Cohesion Strategic Framework for Action, which has a long term vision that everyone in Sheffield is made welcome and treated with dignity and respect.


Learn Sheffield is on the Enabling and Learning Group for Cohesion Sheffield, to promote cohesion in Sheffield schools through the ‘readiness’ priority that every Sheffield young person should make a positive contribution to their community.


One way that schools can contribute is by taking part in the forthcoming ‘I’m a Sheffielder because...’ competition of visual arts, poetry and short stories. The exhibition of this work will be held in the Sheffield Winter Gardens (October 16th-22nd 2017) to coincide with the launch of the Sheffield Together Cohesion Hub (on the afternoon of Monday 16 October at the Winter Gardens), which has been developed with funding from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

This expression of interest is a call out for visual art maximum A3 size (1 per pupil/student) and creative writing - Short Story 500 words limit competition:

On the theme of making others feel welcome and treating everyone with dignity and respect. For children and young people to think about a time when they had been made to feel welcome or have actively welcomed someone else into a new situation. What does dignity and respect look like?  what stories have children and young people to tell about the importance of being treated with dignity and respect? Making time to listen. What we all have in common (ref. Jo Cox, we have more in common); The Sheffield Welcome; Are we all equal/being friendly to those who are different.

CYP could design a poster advertising Sheffield as the place to live where everyone is welcomed and treated with dignity and respect as long as there is imagery on it as well as words.

Each visual art work must have name of school and contact details, year of school/age of child and child’s name and teacher’s name on the back.

Each short story must have a cover note with the above attached to the story.

Please note that images of work and sections of story may be used in publicity in Winter Gardens exhibition October 16th-22nd and also on social media with name of school and first name of child.


Aims of the project:

  • To launch the Sheffield Together Cohesion Hub, uniting all sectors through cohesion

  • To engage children and young people in the cohesion agenda through creative means

  • To highlight examples of cohesion within schools and local communities through creative works by children and young people

  • To offer an opportunity for the emergence of young leaders in cohesion

  • To exhibit the creative work-visual and written of Children and Young People on cohesion  in the public domain-physical city centre space as well as virtual exhibition on line

  • To engage schools in the cohesion agenda

For more information please contact Panni Loh (Sheffield Together Cohesion Hub) or telephone 0114 2536636




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