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The Archbishop of York Youth Trust is passionate about developing opportunities for young people to grow in leadership, faith and character, in partnership with schools, churches and communities. Through the Young Leaders Award, a fully resourced leadership and character education programme, the Youth Trust have empowered over 100,000 young people from over 850 schools to learn and practice key leadership skills and character virtues and to transform their communities through social action.

The Archbishop of York Youth Trust is passionate about developing opportunities for young people to grow in leadership, faith and character, in partnership with schools, churches and communities. Through the Young Leaders Award, a fully resourced leadership and character education programme, the Youth Trust have empowered over 100,000 young people from over 850 schools to learn and practice key leadership skills and character virtues and to transform their communities through social action.
KS2 Leadership Skills
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KS2 Leadership Skills

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’Be Rooted in Leadership Skills’ is the second lesson in “Be Rooted”, a series of five free resources aimed at supporting pupils returning to school post-lockdown and helping them stay strong and ‘be rooted’ throughout the inevitable challenges of this autumn term (and beyond!) There are five 30-minute sessions, consisting of a PowerPoint presentation and Teacher Notes, with options to extend to a full lesson time. The sessions have been designed to help pupils think about their place in the world and the skills, virtues and actions they can draw upon when facing difficulties. The resources support children to discover that crisis situations don’t need to equal fear, anxiety and that everything is impossible if you can see things from a different perspective and nurture your roots in things that will help you to grow and flourish. The first session is an introduction then pupils explore how to ‘Be Rooted’ in:- • Leadership Skills • Character Muscles • Community Actions • Faith Awareness Each session is designed to open up discussion on the various topics with key questions, real world examples and time for reflection on how pupils might apply the ideas to their own life. The resources are flexible so teachers can choose to do all or some of the activities, or all or some of the sessions, considering what would be most helpful for their pupils. At the end of each session plan are suggestions for further exploration and ideas for a Take Home Activity. **In this session, ‘Be Rooted in Leadership Skills’ , pupils explore what it means to be a leader and:- • evaluate which leadership skills are most important when facing challenges • identify what connects three leaders (Captain Tom, Jacinda Adern and Marcus Rashford) and consider their leadership skills • identify their own leadership skills and which ones they would like to grow • investigate and practise what it means to be a leader.** For more free resources, visit https://www.archbishopofyorkyouthtrust.co.uk/yla-free-resources
KS3 Inspiring Leaders in Sport
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KS3 Inspiring Leaders in Sport

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A home learning activity that explores the stories two inspirational leaders and role models in sport: rugby union player Maro Itoje and professional surfer Bethany Hamilton. What positive character traits and leadership skills do they demonstrate and how do they use their skills to help others? Suitable for KS3 learners. For more free resources visit, https://www.archbishopofyorkyouthtrust.co.uk/yla-free-resources
KS3 Courageous Characters
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KS3 Courageous Characters

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This lesson is the first in a series of five sessions called ‘Journey of Discovery’ originally written to help pupils consider the key character strengths they might need while learning from home during lockdown. The five character virtues they explore are:- courage thankfulness compassion friendship hope This lesson supports KS3 children as they explore and develop the character virtue of courage. Pupils explore different types of courage, the stories of courageous people such as Anne Frank and Bethany Hamilton and the fictional characters Neville Longbottom in Harry Potter and Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games. They reflect on the courageous people they know in their own community and consider how they can face their own fears and be more courageous in their everyday lives.
KS2 Inspirational Leaders
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KS2 Inspirational Leaders

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Explore the stories of leaders and positive role models such as Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela and Malala Yousafzai who have make a huge difference to others and consider how they can inspire us today. Suitable for KS2 learners. For more free resources visit https://www.archbishopofyorkyouthtrust.co.uk/yla-free-resources
KS1 Kindness at Home
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KS1 Kindness at Home

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Home learning activities to explore and practice acts of kindness towards family, friends and the wider community. Suitable for KS1 learners.
KS2 Courage - The Story of Corrie ten Boom
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KS2 Courage - The Story of Corrie ten Boom

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This lesson is the first in a series of five sessions called ‘Journey of Discovery’ originally written to help pupils consider the key character strengths they might need while learning from home during lockdown. The five character virtues they explore are:- courage thankfulness compassion friendship hope This lesson supports KS2 children as they explore and develop the character virtue of courage. Pupils are introduced to the story of Corrie ten Boom who helped Jews escape the Nazi Holocaust during World War II and consider how they can face their fears and be courageous, as well as inspire others to be courageous, during these difficult times.
Advent Resource for Collective Worship
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Advent Resource for Collective Worship

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The resource can be used for collective worship in school or church settings, as well as individually or as a family at home. Activities and challenges are suitable for KS2 and KS3, but can be adjusted for use with KS1 and KS4 pupils. Downloadable resources come in the form of a PowerPoint, video files and printable sheets. The lead up to Christmas can be a busy time and we can forget to slow down, missing some of the most important things about this special season. With four weeks of content, we explore moments of stillness found in the Christmas story. Each of these moments, or as we call them ‘sacred spaces’, came out of simple every day activities. This resource will help pupils to take inspiration from the Christmas story and learn how to create sacred spaces in their everyday lives, which can support their well-being and happiness. Each week, the resource includes: An introduction to the sacred space theme Bible link verse A short video reflection from the Archbishop of York Stephen Cottrell 3 practical challenges A closing prayer
Lent Pilgrimage Journey
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Lent Pilgrimage Journey

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This resource can be used for collective worship in school or church settings. Activities and challenges are suitable for KS2 and KS3 but can be adjusted for use with KS1 and KS4 pupils. Many Christians use the time of** Lent** for reflecting on their faith and the Easter story. Some people choose to go on a pilgrimage, a walking journey that gives them space to reflect and think about their relationship with God and how they can follow Jesus’ example and be loving, giving and compassionate to the world around them. With 6 weeks of content, Pilgrim Pathways will take pupils on a pilgrimage journey through Lent, looking at 6 different items that are important on a walking pilgrimage. Each week will focus on a different item beginning with a lamp and followed with a map, first aid kit, walking stick, shelter and finally food & drink. Pilgrim Pathways will help pupils explore how these items symbolise ideas that can help them when facing challenges in their personal life journey. They are designed to encourage reflection and practical actions that can support pupils’ wellbeing and happiness. Each week, the resource includes: An introduction to the pilgrimage symbol Bible links A short video reflection 4 practical challenges A closing prayer
KS1 Character and Leadership Skills
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KS1 Character and Leadership Skills

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The first lesson in a series of five free resources, called ‘Be Rooted’, that aim to support children going back to school post-lockdown. There are five 30-minute sessions with options to extend to a full lesson time. They have been designed to help pupils think about their place in the world and the skills, virtues and actions that they can draw upon to help them stay strong and ‘Be Rooted’ when facing challenges. The lessons help children to recognise that in times of crisis it can be helpful to establish and nurture our roots in things that will help us to grow and flourish so they explore how to ‘Be Rooted’ in:- Leadership Skills Character Muscles Community Actions Faith Awareness Each session is designed to open up discussion with your pupils about the various topics. You may choose to do all or some of the activities or all or some of the sessions. Choose what you think would be helpful for your pupils. At the end of each session plan are ideas for a Take Home Activity. This first introductory session explores:- why plants have roots objects that keep us strong and stable people who help us grow and stand strong what happens if there is no root. For more free resources, visit https://www.archbishopofyorkyouthtrust.co.uk/yla-free-resources
KS2 Character and Leadership Skills
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KS2 Character and Leadership Skills

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The first lesson in a series of five free resources, called ‘Be Rooted’, that aim to support children going back to school post-lockdown. There are five 30-minute sessions with options to extend to a full lesson time. They have been designed to help pupils think about their place in the world and the skills, virtues and actions that they can draw upon to help them stay strong and ‘Be Rooted’ when facing challenges. The lessons help children to recognise that in times of crisis it can be helpful to establish and nurture our roots in things that will help us to grow and flourish so they explore how to ‘Be Rooted’ in:- Leadership Skills Character Muscles Community Actions Faith Awareness Each session is designed to open up discussion with your pupils about the various topics. You may choose to do all or some of the activities or all or some of the sessions. Choose what you think would be helpful for your pupils. At the end of each session plan are ideas for a Take Home Activity. This first introductory session explores:- What plants need to grow and develop well. Who or what helps individuals to grow and develop. The story and character virtues of Sadio Mané Choosing ways in which pupils would like to grow and exploring their hopes and aspirations. Visit https://www.archbishopofyorkyouthtrust.co.uk/yla-free-resources for more free resources.
KS1 Leadership Skills
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KS1 Leadership Skills

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The second session in “Be Rooted”, a series of five free resources aimed at supporting pupils returning to school post-lockdown and helping them stay strong and ‘be rooted’ throughout the inevitable challenges of this autumn term (and beyond!) There are five 30-minute sessions, consisting of a PowerPoint presentation and Teacher Notes, with options to extend to a full lesson time. The sessions have been designed to help pupils think about their place in the world and the skills, virtues and actions they can draw upon when facing difficulties. The resources support children to discover that crisis situations don’t need to equal fear, anxiety and that everything is impossible if you can see things from a different perspective and nurture your roots in things that will help you to grow and flourish. The first session is an introduction then pupils explore how to ‘Be Rooted’ in:- • Leadership Skills • Character Muscles • Community Actions • Faith Awareness Each session is designed to open up discussion on the various topics with key questions, real world examples and time for reflection on how pupils might apply the ideas to their own life. The resources are flexible so teachers can choose to do all or some of the activities, or all or some of the sessions, considering what would be most helpful for their pupils. At the end of each session plan are suggestions for further exploration and ideas for a Take Home Activity. In this session, ‘Be Rooted in Leadership Skills’, pupils explore the story of the Disney film Moana and:- identify what a leader is explore the qualities of a strong leader identify who is a strong leader identify their own leadership skills apply their knowledge of being a strong leader at home. For more free resources, visit https://www.archbishopofyorkyouthtrust.co.uk/yla-free-resources