Spring Competitions with Family Learning

We know times are tough at home at the moment, and we want to support you to find meaningful ways to spend your time. We would like all of our learners from every subject to take part in one of the Family Learning Competitions. Great prizes for the winners!

  1. Family Challenge Competition

Make a game or fun activity to entertain your children and send it to your tutor. Include:

  • A picture or drawing of the game/activity (no photos of children please)
  • Instructions on how to play/what to do
  • The age group it is aimed at

The best ideas will be shared with other students, who are mostly parents too. So you will be supporting other local families to find fun activities to do with their children in lock down.

2. Poetry Competition

Poetry is a form of writing where you can express what you are thinking or feeling, using your imagination and will take us on a journey through your words. It could also be funny, sad or whatever tone you want.

Write a poem about life at the moment.
It could be about;

  • the day to day
  • the worry
  • society
  • isolation
  • shopping
  • social distance
  • people’s behaviour – toilet roll
  • how you are coping
  • extra time with family
  • anything really

Remember: it does not have to rhyme

You could choose a style:

  1. Acrostic (Vertical poetry) – You can use words like ‘Coronavirus’ or ‘Rainbow’ to create an acrostic poem or just choose your own.

Cute little animal

Always hiding

Trying to be a tiger

2. Haiku Japanese Poetry 

Three lined poetry – 1st line has 5 syllables, 2nd line has 7 syllables and the 3rd line has 5 syllables

Virus is outside – 5 syllables

Stay in your home to be safe – 7 syllables

Soon we will be free – 5 syllables


  • All entrants will receive a certificate for participating
  • Certificate and prizes for the winners

To Enter: Simply send your competition entry and contact details to your tutor before 30th April.

Saltaire Collection Learning Resources

Learning Resources by Saltaire Collection: All our learning resources are designed to satisfy National Curriculum expectations across the curriculum. Teachers can find a range of lesson outlines and links to archive materials to support lessons and topics by clicking on the boxes below. There is also advice on planning your school visit to Saltaire and an overview of why students may wish to learn about Saltaire. Our grateful thanks to those schools who helped us by allowing us to trial ideas and materials.

Bradford Libraries – Coronavirus Update

Council Managed Libraries

From Monday 23 March, all our Council managed libraries will only open from 10am until 2pm, Monday to Saturday only, due to current Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.

These libraries are:

  • Bingley
  • City Library
  • Bradford Local Studies
  • Eccleshill
  • Ilkley
  • Keighley
  • Laisterdyke
  • Manningham
  • Shipley
  • Wibsey
  • Wyke

Community Managed Libraries

Currently, the following libraries are closed until further notice:

  • Addingham
  • Allerton
  • Bolling Hall
  • Great Horton
  • Holme Wood
  • Idle
  • Thornton
  • Wilsden
  • Wrose

Please keep checking our Twitter feed for latest news on library closures:
@bradfordlibs247, or check the individual library webpages at: Bradford Libraries

Renewals and Fines

Due to the current Coronavirus situation, we have decided to suspend all fines.  If you have any fines prior to today, these will be waived by staff when you manage to return your books.

Also, we have lifted the limit on the number of times you can renew an item.  You can renew items online at: https://capitadiscovery.co.uk/bradford/

Or you can use our automated telephone renewal service.  Just phone 01274 430094

Skills for Work Update

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Bradford Council services are working closely with Public Health England and the NHS and are well-prepared to deal with coronavirus and the priority is to safeguard local communities, which sometimes involves taking preventative measure to help reduce the risk of further cases.

We will continue to support our learners and are working on training methods and how we plan to deliver over the coming weeks. We will continue to keep you updated but if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us on 01274433648 or email adultskillsservices@bradford.gov.uk

We have limited access to our training centres at present and will update learners via email/phone.

Helpful links

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – UK government response: gov.uk/coronavirus

Government travel advice: gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

Guidance for employers and businesses: gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19 

NHS advice and information: nhs.uk/coronavirus

Skills for Work Apprenticeships

Skills for Work is an established training provider and part of Bradford Council.  Training is individually designed to meet your needs and is delivered by friendly, helpful staff that will support you throughout the apprenticeship.

Apprenticeships can be delivered to existing members of staff as well as new recruits using the Apprenticeship Levy. 

Skills for Work deliver the following Apprenticeships:

•Business Admin Levels 2 and 3

•Customer Service Levels 2 and 3

•Public Service Operational Delivery Officer Level 3

•Team Leader Levels 2 and 3

•Management Level 5

•Associate Project Manager Level 4

If you would like more information or would like to recruit an apprentice please contact us on 01274433648 or email businessdevelopment@bradford.gov.uk

Events at Bradford Libraries

World Book Day 2020

This year World Book Day is Thursday 5 March.

Bradford Libraries have a host of free events and activities for children and their families to enjoy on and around World Book Day. We are really excited that we can offer such a wide range of activities to encourage children to celebrate World Book Day; to discover both reading and their local library. This year we also have copies of the World Book Day books to give-away to visiting pupils as well as children who come along to our pre-school and after-school events.

There are also lots of World Book Day activities for pre-schoolers and after-school for school children.

For more information visit https://www.bradford.gov.uk/libraries/children-and-young-people/world-book-day-2020/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

Writing for Well-being 10 Week Courses

Creative Writing

These courses are aimed at people who don’t usually have the opportunity or space explore their creativity. No previous experience of writing necessary.

Each course will focus on connecting with the self and others and will encourage the finding of new ways of expression and the managing of feelings through prose, poetry, memoir or journal. Creative writing has proven effective for dealing with depression and anxiety, low self-esteem, it promotes self-knowledge, it balances your emotions, improves confidence, improves the ability to communicate and generally supports good emotional health.

The courses will be facilitated by Christina Wilson who is a writer, trained in writing for therapeutic purposes facilitation and previously a Mental Health Peer Support Manager with The Cellar Trust, a mental health charity supporting people with mental health problems across Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven.

These courses are free of charge.

Keighley Library
Fridays 10am – 12pm starting 6th March.

Menston Library
Thursdays 12.30pm – 2.30pm starting 12th March

To book a place – www.ticketsource.co.uk/bradfordlibraries
Or email: Library.Events@bradford.gov.uk