Public Forum for Education event

Are you interested in education and what’s happening in the district?  If so, why not book a place on the next Public Forum for Education.

The topic for the next event will be “Improving Attainment in Bradford”. It will take place in the Hockney Conference Room, Margaret McMillan Tower, Princes Way, Bradford BD1 1NN on Wednesday 15 March from 4.30pm to 6.30pm (with a buffet from 4pm).

The event will include a presentation by Sir Nick Weller on his Northern Powerhouse Schools Strategy and the impact it could have in Bradford.

Sir Nick, who is the chief executive of Bradford-based Dixons Academies Trust, was commissioned by the Government to produce a report into how school standards in the North of England can be improved.

His report, published late last year, made a series of recommendations including the suggestion that a scheme to attract and retain talented teachers is piloted in the North.

The Public Forum for Education debate will be the first time he has publicly discussed his plans in Bradford.

Judith Kirk, Bradford Council’s Deputy Director for Education, Employment and Skills will then present the council’s response to Sir Nick’s report and will talk about the local authority’s role in raising standards.

Speakers at next month’s event will also include Sara Rawnsley, Bradford Council’s Recruitment and Retention Manager who will give an update on the work the authority has done to attract and keep teachers in the district.

This includes running the Bradford bus tours in which teaching students are taken around schools in the district to see what life is like in Bradford schools and also the creation of a talent bank in which candidates apply to join a pool of newly qualified teachers who are then matched with schools which have vacancies they can apply for. This approach has successfully led to 90 teachers starting new jobs in the Bradford district this academic year.

The Public Forum for Education holds “big conversations” throughout the year on topical issues in education. With an independent chair Michael Latham – former Bradford Headteacher, the Forum enables everyone with an interest to contribute their views.

Most importantly we want to hear your views. Anyone with an interest is welcome so please publicise through your networks and bring friends and colleagues. We would particularly like parents, governors and young people to attend.

Please confirm your attendance and names of others you invite, either by emailing or telephoning Heidi Hardy on (01274) 434335.

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