Improving Attainment in Bradford is the topic of the next Public Forum for Education (PFE) which takes place Wednesday, 15th March, 4.30 – 6.30 (buffet available from 4pm) in the Hockney Conference Room, Margaret McMillan Tower, BD1 1NN.
Sir Nick, 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 forum 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 also present the council’s response to Sir Nick’s report and will talk about the local authority’s role in raising standards.
Speakers will also include Sara Rawnsley, Bradford Council’s Recruitment and Retention Manager who will update on 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 the creation of a talent bank in which candidates apply to join a pool of newly qualified teachers who are then matched with schools with vacancies they can apply for. This approach has led to 90 teachers starting new jobs in the 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.