We believe that every child in the Bradford District should have the chance to realise their full potential and that working together with determination, purpose and ambition we can achieve this.
Improving educational achievement and making sure all children can go to a good school are among the biggest and most important challenges we all face in the Bradford District. Providing young people with the right skills and knowledge within an excellent school system is crucial to their future success and wellbeing and that of the district.
In the past, improvement in education hasn’t gone far enough, fast enough. We know we’ve got to do better, there are no excuses. We need urgent and sustained action to drive up education results.
Things have to change and together we all have to take responsibility to improve educational achievement in our district and give all our children a great start in life. The changes we need can’t happen unless we all, public services, schools, parents, business and communities, work together.
We have to make sure that children are ready for school and ready to learn, to accelerate the rate of improvement in achievement and to ensure that young people leave school ready for work and life.
Achieving those outcomes is a joint responsibility with everyone involved having their part to play.
So we are setting out what the Council can offer but we are also asking families, schools, business and employers, the Government and young people themselves to work together with us to do all they can to create the best chance of success for all our children and young people.
The proposed Bradford Education Covenant will outline the action the Council will take along with what it is asking of others to ensure our young people get the best possible start in life.
Improving schools and educational attainment, so that all our children are able to achieve their potential, will stay at the top of our priorities. We will support all Councillors to be effective champions of children, parents and learning and work with schools and parents to develop a vision for education as we pursue our ambition of making all our schools good by 2018.
The Council will work to put schools themselves at the heart of driving improvement. We will challenge schools and governing bodies and hold them to account for their performance, taking rapid and robust action where there are issues that may be preventing a school from making progress, whatever type of school it may be.
We already have some outstanding school leaders and teachers. We will work even harder with schools to identify, celebrate, promote and share best practice and support them to assist each other to accelerate improvement.
We will invest resources in attracting, retaining and developing the best school leaders, teachers and classroom assistants. We’ve already set aside £660,000 to do this. Part of this commitment will involve promoting Bradford District as an attractive career choice for the best teachers and school leaders. Government policy is to increase the numbers of Academies so we will be proactive in seeking out high quality academy sponsors to attract to the district.
The Council will work with the Government to ensure the district gets the money it needs to provide enough school places and keep schools well equipped. We’ve invested £700,000 to match the Government’s money for extra school places but we need more money and more places.
Support will be there for families and children through the ‘early years’ helping to make sure children are ready for school and can do their very best at school from day one.
Working closely with the business community, the University and colleges, the Council will provide real opportunities for skill development and jobs when young people leave school. We’ll continue, in partnership, to deliver the innovative Industrial Centres of Excellence, each covering a different economic sector, linking schools to employers’ needs and we’ll support business to get the right young person, with the right skills through our Apprenticeships Hub.
Providing chances for students to benefit from enriched cultural learning by maximising the District’s unique local learning opportunities and facilities - for example, with the National Media Museum and City of Film. This will provide inspiration to our young people and stimulate creativity.
Parents need to do this because their involvement in children’s education from an early age has a significant effect on educational achievement, and continues to do so into adolescence and adulthood.
Children and young people need to do this because motivated and responsible pupils have a better chance of achieving success.
All our schools need to do this to help us achieve our shared ambition of making sure every school is ‘Good’ by 2018.
Businesses need to do this because good education and good skills mean greater growth. In engineering alone the UK needs 1.82 million workers with relevant skills by 2022.
We need our communities to do this because everyone shares in the social and economic benefits of improving education and everyone can play a part in helping to achieve it.
We need the government to do this because we have one of the fastest growing populations of young people in the country and will need extra places equivalent to two new secondary schools by 2018.
If you would like to comment on The Bradford Education Covenant, or have other ideas about what might be included in it, email email@example.com