Judith today (22/04/2016) met with Sir Nick Weller, recently knighted head of Bradford’s Dixons Academy Trust, to discuss the future of Bradford’s schools.
Judith and Sir Nick discussed the recently announced Northern Schools Strategy, and how he believed this could be used to help tackle continuing poor standards in Bradford. Sir Nick has been asked by Central Government to lead a report into how schools in the North of England, including Bradford, could be turned around in the same way that London’s education system was under the banner of the London Challenge.
Today’s meeting with Sir Nick followed Judith speaking on Monday of this week in a debate in Parliament about educational attainment in the Yorkshire and Humber’ region. During her speech, Judith challenged the Government to do more to tackle poor standards and called for more help to improve teaching standards across Bradford.
Judith said ” Over recent months, I have challenged Central Government on a number of occasions to do much more to help tackle continuing poor standards in Bradford’s school system. Earlier this week in a debate in Parliament about educational standards in the Yorkshire and Humber’ region, I once again called on Government to step up their game.
Bradford remains well below average in league tables measuring the number of good and outstanding schools, the percentage of the population with no qualifications at all, and the percentage of population who have achieved higher level 4 qualifications.
Judith commented on the recently announced Northern Schools Strategy “I cautiously welcome the recently announced Northern Schools Strategy, and the extra £20m each year it promises to bring. But, as we all know, the proof is always in the delivery. It still remains to be seen how much of this extra money Bradford will see. I will be fighting hard to make sure we receive our fair share.”
Judith concluded “I look forward to working with Sir Nick over the coming months as he delivers this new strategy, as the people of Bradford and their children deserve much better. Poor educational standards are holding back our children, our communities and the city of Bradford.”