The Leeds Learning Alliance is a Trust formed by like-minded Leeds educational organisations based upon a shared commitment to inclusion, close collaboration and high level ambition. Representing over 40,000 learners across Leeds, the Leeds Learning Alliance takes its mission seriously:



Inclusive Practice Conference 2022

The Leeds Learning Alliance Inclusive Practice Conference took place on Saturday 12th February at Carr Manor Community School.

The conference included workshops from a range of organisations within the LLA, including Leeds Trinity, Leeds Relational Practice Centre, and the Leeds Rhinos Foundation. 

There were keynote speeches from Professor Tony Booth, ex Leeds Rhinos and Great Britain Captain Jamie Peacock MBE, as well as guest speaker Jovanni ‘Graft’ Sterling. There were excellent discussions throughout the day focused on progressive thinking and inclusive practice, catalysed by various workshops and an expert Q&A panel consisting of Leeds Trinity Lecturer Ricardo Barker, The Difference Programme Director Shaun Brown, CATCH CEO Ash Razzaq, and School Improvement Coach Hannah Hall. Here are some pictures from the day.

Watch Jamie Peacock’s Speech from the Inclusive Practice Conference.

Watch the expert Q&A panel from the Inclusive Practice Conference.

Watch Graft’s Speech from the Inclusive Practice Conference.

Watch this video to hear from some of our partners and guests at the Leeds Learning Alliance Strategic Workshop, held at Headingley Stadium on 28th September 2021.

Our Partners
Our Associate Partners
Our Ambassador

We are delighted to announce that Jamie Jones-Buchanan has become the first official ambassador of the Leeds Learning Alliance.

Jamie Jones-Buchanan is a former professional rugby league player who played for Leeds Rhinos in the Super League. 

He played his entire professional career with Leeds Rhinos, where he won seven Super League Grand Finals, three World Club Challenges, three League Leaders’ Shields and one Challenge Cup Final.

He also played for England and Great Britain at international level.

Jamie is now the Assistant Coach for Leeds Rhinos, after being elected in January 2020.

JJB LLA Launch
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Jamie attended the official launch of the Leeds Learning Alliance at the Emerald Headingley Stadium in November 2019, where we welcomed guests from across the different Leeds Learning Alliance partners. 

The launch event, which featured a speech from Kevin Sinfield and a performance from Bankside Primary School’s choir, was a chance for colleagues from across the alliance to meet, share practices and discuss the core values in which we all share.

We are excited to have Jamie as the first official ambassador as we know his core values are reflective of that of the alliance.

Our Annual Report

We are delighted to share the second annual report for the Leeds Learning Alliance. 

The report captures the LLA’s commitment to building our city and our future, and includes our strategic plan for 2022-2027.  The report offers an insight into how we are working together focused on inclusion, collaboration and ambition, putting the outcomes for children, young people and the community first. 

Click the picture to the right to read the latest annual report.

Our Projects

The Leeds Learning Alliance is delighted to be collaborating with Leeds Trinity University on a new postgraduate certificate in Inclusive Leadership. 

The course has been developed specifically to move discourse on inclusion away from ‘organic’ issues such as ‘special educational needs and disabilities’ towards interrogating social and cultural contexts that create notions of advantage and disadvantage.

It aims to provide opportunities for managers, leaders and aspiring leaders within education or associated settings to engage with leadership theory and research within the context of inclusive education.

You can find out more about the course here

Our Principles
  • Unconditional mutual respect.
  • Inclusive and comprehensive admission and retention practices.
  • A supportive and challenging culture:
    • encouraging the development and sharing of innovation.
    • providing opportunities, encouragement and challenge for staff to improve their own practice.
    • working generously with partners.
  • Learning and community at the heart of all that we do.
  • A broad, balanced and relevant curriculum offer for every child.
  • An expectation that all take responsibility for their own development. 
  • Strong and tailored information, advice and guidance to all learners at all stages of education.
  • Widening access to the wealth of learning opportunities in Leeds.
  • Shared community use of facilities and a commitment to and promotion of family learning and healthy lifestyles.
  • Commitment and accountability to local communities and the city for cohesion and opportunities for involvement.
Our Aims

High challenge and high support.

A successful and continuously improving organisation of partners that ensures:

  • Rigorous and effective quality assurance. 
  • High quality teaching and learning.
  • High quality professional development.
  • Research informed practice development.
  • Maximising participation in learning.
  • Effective and efficient use of resources.
  • Joint commissioning.
  • Economies of scale through shared resources and joint ventures.
  • Promoting healthy lifestyles.
Our Memorandum of Understanding

Partners agree to:

  • The central mission, values, principles and aims.
  • Promote these values through the work of everyone in their organisation.
  • The Articles of Association when joining the Trust and the processes for leaving the Trust.
  • Secure the required support and commitment from the appropriate authority, e.g. Governing / Trust Board.
  • Not commit to becoming Members of any Trust/MAT emanating from the work of this collaboration without further referral to their appropriate Boards.
  • Only share information gained through the Mission and Memorandum that has the agreement of all partners.
  • Other institutions being invited to sign up to this Mission and Memorandum, with the agreement of all existing Partners.
Our Governance

The following documents provide details of our governance arrangements: 

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