Partnership Board

Bristol Learning City is governed by a Partnership Board of influential city leaders. Building on existing good practice, Learning City partners are committed to creating and promoting learning opportunities for everyone, of all ages and from all communities, in all parts of the city – encouraging everyone to be proud to learn throughout their lives.

The main aims of the partnership are to:

  • champion learning as a way to transform lives, communities, organisations and the city: we want everyone to be proud to learn throughout their lives
  • take responsibility for learning across the city, to tackle the systematic challenges that lead to inequality, by sharing our expertise, targeting our resources and taking collective action to add value to the work we do individually
  • realise our shared vision, deliver change and make a greater impact.

A number of Learning City partnership priorities have recently been agreed for Bristol by the Partnership Board. Education partners will work together to improve children’s literacy, school attendance, the recruitment and retention of teachers, pathways for young people into further and higher education and employment, outcomes for children with Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and outcomes for minority ethnic children and young people in Bristol.

Partnership Board Members

There are currently 10 members of the Partnership Board:

  • Councillor Anna Keen, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills at Bristol City Council (Chair)
  • Laurence Pitt, Chair of Primary Heads’ Association Bristol
  • Jon Angell, Chair of Bristol Association of Secondary Heads and Principals
  • Lee Probert, Principal and Chief Executive of City of Bristol College
  • Professor Tom Sperlinger, University of Bristol
  • Jo Midgley,  Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Experience) of University of the West of England
  • Chris Curling, Society of Merchant Venturers
  • Alan Stubbersfield, Service Director, Education, Learning and Skills at Bristol City Council
  • Dr Jacqui Jensen, Executive Director: Adults, Children and Education at Bristol City Council
  • Jim Bowyer, Chair of Bristol Specialist Sector Partnership.