Young Leaders Award

Young Leaders at West Heslerton Primary with Archbishop
The Young Leaders Award is a fully resourced leadership and character education programme, designed by the Archbishop of York Youth Trust, to be delivered by teaching staff within the classroom.

The Award has empowered over 80,000 pupils from 675 schools to learn and practice key leadership skills and character virtues and to transform their communities through social action. Available at KS1 to Post 16, the YLA has clear links to SMSC, British Values, PSHE, Character Education, Citizenship, RE and SIAMS.

For more information on the Young Leaders Award, visit the website or email [email protected] 

Keystage One Award

The KS1 Award is an engaging and interactive set of materials, designed specifically for KS1, where pupils learn about key leadership and character skills and build habits of helping others.  The Award explores the theme ‘small steps, big change’ through the characteristics of kindness, perseverance, teamwork and action. Follow Gracie’s journey as she learns about being a leader through a bespoke set of stories.

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Keystage Two Award

The KS2 award is an exciting and interactive set of materials where pupils learn about key leadership skills, grow in character and have practical opportunities to volunteer and help others in their community. 

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Keystage Three Award

The KS3 award is an exciting set of materials designed to engage young people not just with faith heroes of the past and the present, but also to engage them with the idea of community and the wider world….and how they can be a part of something much bigger.

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Keystage Four / 16+ Award

The KS4/Post 16 award focuses specifically on developing students’ leadership and character skills in preparation for life after school. Students explore how they can ‘be the change they want to see’ in their communities and practically make a difference through social action and volunteering. 

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For further information, please visit the Archbishop of York's Youth Trust 

Headteachers Conferences

The Archbishop of York Youth Trust holds regular conferences for schools interested in introducing the Young Leaders Award into their curriculum.

The conferences are a great opportunity to celebrate all that our young people can achieve and to hear from key speakers, who will help those attending to consider some of the latest information around character education and the effect of social action and volunteering on young people’s lives and the lives of their local communities. Hearing from teachers and pupils who have experienced the Young Leaders Award for themselves is always encouraging but also demonstrates how the Awards are delivered in particular settings.

I commend the Awards to school leaders because of the difference this makes to empower young people to make long-lasting changes.

Archbishop John Sentamu

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu was the keynote speaker at the February 2017 conference held at Bishopthorpe Palace. He spoke about the success of the Young Leaders Award so far and how important it is to raise well rounded young people who have vital roles to play in our society. 

Please visit the Youth Trust website for more information about these conferences or email [email protected].