The Bristol Learning City Partnership Board oversees a number of Task and Finish Groups that have been set up to deliver the partnerships priorities.
The areas of challenge that the Partnership are collectively addressing are 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.
Post 16 pathways and work experience
Supporting young people into further and higher education and work, ensuring the local workforce is skilled and diverse.
- Improve access to and information relating to post 16 pathways
- Continue to improve the experience of work offer through WORKS.
By creating a Reading City we aim to inspire children and families to read more. We will improve existing tools and volunteer networks to support parents and guardians to develop their own reading abilities.
- To support and strengthen family reading.
Improve outcomes for children with Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
In 2015/16, Bristol ranked close to the bottom of the national school attendance tables. The Learning City Partnership Board agreed that addressing Bristol’s low school attendance should be a key priority area and that a school attendance strategy should be developed. The strategy will outline the role that schools and other key stakeholders have to play in improving attendance.
Education workforce – recruitment and retention
Many schools in Bristol struggle to recruit and retain experienced teachers, with physics and modern foreign languages proving particularly challenging. A number of key stakeholders from schools and teacher training providers have formed a Task and Finish Group to address these challenges.
- Promote Bristol as a place to teach and live
- Increase the level of value placed on teaching
- Increase the diversity of the teaching workforce
- Improve the recruitment and retention of middle and senior leaders in Bristol schools.
The Race Equality in Education Group reports to the Bristol Race Equality Commission. It was set up to work with schools and the wider community to address racism in education and to improve the learning and other outcomes of minority ethnic children and young people in Bristol.