Council launches education covenant laying down expectations on schools, parents, pupils and the government

The Yorkshire Post is reporting that a new “education covenant” has been produced by Bradford Council to drive up school standards in the city.

Bradford Council has recently been criticised by Ofsted over school improvement being too slow and education minister Nick Gibb has asked for answers about the city’s primary school test scores which were among the worst in the country…

Now the authority has launched a new covenant. Bradford Council said it was calling on everyone in the district to get involved in a united drive to improve education standards.

The local authority’s education covenant sets out both what the council will do and what the community can do to give young people “the best possible start in life.”

Bradford Council has committed to keep schools and education as a top priority; to challenge and support schools to rapidly improve and make better use of top schools and head teachers by spreading their best practice. It commits to recruiting, retaining and developing high quality teachers and headteachers. 

The education covenant also includes a commitment for the council to work with national government to provide enough school places; to strongly support families and children in the early years to ensure all children are school ready; to work closely with businesses to get young people ready for work and life and to “make full use of the district’s unique cultural and creative learning opportunities for young people.”

The council is asking for parents to access a nursery place; to read to their young children every day and to support their child’s education on a daily basis.

Young people are being urged to take responsibility for their education by “making the most of all learning opportunities.”

The covenant urges to schools to take part in active partnerships and share resources and expertise with each other to drive forward improvements.

Businesses and employers are being urged to establish links with local schools and to encourage staff to be reading volunteers or school governors.

The convenant also sets expectations on the Government to provide sufficient funding for school places, to provide funding and support the district’s education improvement drive; and to support efforts to attract more top teachers and headteachers…

More at: Yorkshire council launches education covenant laying down expectations on schools, parents, pupils and the Government


Interesting initiative from Bradford Council: what do you think of an education covenant like this to get all relevant parties involved in raising standards?

It will be fascinating to see what reaction it gets and what impact it makes.


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  1. The Ofsted report was critical of slow improvement in Bradford but also said there was cause for ‘optimism’ and local heads appreciated the ‘step change’ in the Council’s approach.  Pity Nick Gibb didn’t read that before slating Bradford but knocking LAs even when they’re taking steps to improve makes a good soundbite for a minister desperate to prove he’s taking a ‘tough’ line.  (He did the same with Peterborough, despite Ofsted passing P’Boro’s school improvement services).

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