Bristol Education Partnership

The Bristol Education Partnership is a collaborative arrangement between four state schools, five independent schools, St Brendan’s Sixth Form College, University of Bristol, University of the West of England and Bristol City Council to improve the outcomes of children and young people in the city.

An inspiring range of activities is being planned by the partnership to broaden young people’s experience of education, open up new opportunities and overcome disadvantage. A range of teacher networks are also being developed to make sure best practice can be shared amongst schools and education providers.

Key priorities

The key priorities for the Bristol Education Partnership are set out within the following themes:

Overcoming disadvantage

Creating opportunities for all students, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds by:

  • Offering all students the chance to collaborate and work together in order to improve attainment and social skills
  • Providing higher achieving students with an enhanced learning offer including opportunities to access different subjects
  • Supporting the city-wide objective to raise outcomes for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Raising aspirations

Helping to close the achievement gap by supporting inspiring aspirational activities across all phases of education by:

  • Providing all students with the knowledge and support to make informed decisions about their education and future career choices
  • Ensuring students explore a wide range of career options and understand the different pathways including GCSE choices, Post 16 and Further Education.

Broadening education

Enhancing the education experience across the city, sharing and delivering additional opportunities and addressing shortages by:

  • Working together to increase the number of students taking part in activities and experiences outside of the usual learning offer
  • Building partnerships with a diverse range of local organisations, ranging from arts, heritage, sport, environment and business, to expand the learning offer to Bristol students.

Inspiring staff

Building collaborative staff networks to share best practice, find solutions to common problems and offer continued professional development by:

  • Developing cross-school networking opportunities for staff to learn with and from each other
  • Identifying future education leaders and collectively provide opportunities to develop their career and skills
  • Working together to address skills and knowledge gaps within governing bodies.

Bristol Education Partnership Members

There are currently 13 members of the Bristol Education Partnership:

  • Badminton School
  • Bristol Grammar School
  • City Academy Bristol
  • Clifton College
  • Colston’s School
  • Cotham School
  • Fairfield High School
  • Orchard School
  • Redmaids’ High School
  • St Brendan’s Sixth Form College
  • University of Bristol
  • University of the West of England
  • Bristol City Council.

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